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.
Learn terms, such as fast fashion, transparency, upcycling...
Recent & ongoing university research programs involving sustainability & new fabrics & textile products.
FABRICLINK NETWORK TOP 10 TEXTILE INNOVATION AWARDS - These awards recognize technical advancements & innovations that improves or advance finished product applications/performance.
Learn about popular Eco-Certifications & Standards for textiles.
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.
Project Cece: The Online Shopping Hub Helping You Find Sustainable Fashion
If you’re into fashion but uncomfortable with the fact it can have a high environmental cost, this new shopping site might be just what you’re looking for. Project Cece, which stands for Project Conscious Clothing, was founded by three women in Amsterdam who want to make finding sustainable clothing easier.
'Dress Your Values' - Celebrity Stylist Laura Jones on Sustainable Fashion
Celebrity stylist Laura Jones found herself overwhelmed when she realized the field she had dedicated her career to was damaging the environment big time: fashion. Then, she resolved to do something about it.
Think Tank: The Blue Truth About Sustainability in Denim
Christine Rucci says as the denim industry touts its sustainability, there's much more work to be done.
OEKO-TEX LABELS FOR PROVING ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE
With the label "Made in Green by Oeko-Tex," procurers can trace the production process of the finished garment. Through a bar code or the product ID on the label, the different stages of production can be viewed.
This tech can make fabric from old clothing, agricultural waste–and even trees
Spinnova’s technology for creating fiber from cellulose is a 2019 World Changing Ideas Award Winner. It could stop the bad environmental effects of cotton production.
5 Ways To Start Practicing Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable fashion is not only a trend nowadays, but a necessary. What is sustainable fashion? It’s the method of keeping our clothes ethical and environmentally friendly while also refraining from being too wasteful. You can easily start practicing sustainable fashion methods in these 5 simple ways!
Are our collective efforts towards sustainable fashion enough?
At the recently concluded Copenhagen Fashion Summit, conversation flowed from the importance of changing stance in leadership to tech innovation, but one question remained constant—is this enough or can we do better?
Hemp Lookbook: Sustainable Fashion We Love
Here’s some hemp clothing we love! Hemp is more fashion forward than ever and brands are doing amazing things with hemp fabric. Hemp fabric is more sustainable too, thanks to the use of fewer pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
Kate Hudson’s New Happy X Nature Clothing Line Is Here-It’s Good For The Environment
The brand uses recycled and organic cotton in many of the designs in addition to most of the denim pieces crafted out of material from recycled bottles!
School Teacher Promotes Sustainable Fashion by Wearing the Same Dress for 100 Days
When we shop for an outfit, do we stop and ask ourselves, “How many times will we actually really wear it?” If the answer is not many, then we should pass it by. Investing in clothes that we will wear time and time again makes sense, and choosing clothes that are versatile will help us be creative. One woman had set out to prove that.