What is Sustainable Fashion? - Sustainable Fashion, also called eco-fashion and ethical fashion, involves the design and manufacturing of clothing, home furnishings and other textile products in a sustainable manner that takes into account any environmental and socio-economic impacts. The goal is a system that protects the environment, causing minimal to no harm, and promotes social responsibility and ethical treatment of workers.
Sustainable Fashion involves all stages of the product's life cycle from design; selection & production of raw materials; manufacturing;
dyeing/finishing; sewing/assembling; packaging/storing and transportation, and disposal. It may include the use of recycled materials and components; reuse of wastage; and, the careful use of natural resources, such as water, land, soil, plants and animals. From a socio-economic perspective, there is a responsibility to maintain ethical working conditions for workers in the field, the factory and the office, including complying with best practice methods and applicable codes of conduct.
The consumer also has responsibilities: to stay educated and maintain awareness of sustainability issues when making purchases; avoid short-term fads that drive fast fashion; properly caring for and repairing clothing to extend its life; and, recycling, repurposing and donating old garments. You can also let companies and manufacturers know that stainability is important to you, and join organizations that promote sustainability.
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Recent & ongoing university research programs involving sustainability & new fabrics & textile products.
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GET INSPIRED & WRITE YOUR OWN SUSTAINABILITY STORY
Do your part: stay educated and aware of sustainability issues when making purchases; avoid short-term fads that drive fast fashion; properly care for and repair clothing to extend its life; repurpose and donate old garments. You can also join organizations that promote sustainability & environmental protection.
How to be a Smart Shopper - Be educated; read labels, know who's making your clothes & what they're made of; avoid buying clothes you may only wear a couple of times.
25 Environmental Organizations & Agencies
Get involved and sign up with one of the active notable environmental organizations currently working for green causes, including wildlife preservation, land conservation and climate change prevention.
Fast fashion: Should we change how we think about clothes?
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TUM INITIATES "GREEN CARBON" PROJECT
The project titled “Green Carbon” aims to develop manufacturing processes for polymers and carbon-based light-weight construction materials based on algae.
Stella McCartney just made a strong case for not washing your clothes
Sustainable high-end fashion royalty Stella McCartney has shared her “rule of thumb” when it comes to washing clothes, and it’s a lesson for us all.
Seafood shells for better plastic, packaging and textiles
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The real price of buying cheap clothes
Globalization means things can be produced in far-off lands at low cost, meaning more choice and lower prices. But what of the environmental cost of our shopping habits? The relationship between shopper and fashion industry may have become dysfunctional.
Is Fashion Actually A Form Of Pollution?
Nearly 60 percent of all clothing is discarded within a year of being made.
Karen Walker Is Launching a Line of “Cool, Nonchalant, and Real” Wedding Dresses
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How and Why I Travel the World With Only a Tumi Backpack
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You may have heard of slow food and slow travel, but have you heard of slow fashion? Basically, ethical clothing is the opposite of fast fashion, and aims to counteract manufacturing issues.
more than half of british and american consumers want a more sustainable fashion industry
As brands from Wrangler to Chanel have begun investing in sustainable production, is the fashion industry finally making progress?