How can we put sustainability on the mainstream fashion agenda? How can smaller brands compete? And who’s to blame for the lack of progress within the industry? Is it consumers and brands, or do we need structural change led by governments and trade unions?
Today's media landscape has dramatically changed. It’s no longer billboards and TVCs, but Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat. So, with all this buzz, how can sustainability be given the spotlight? And more urgently, how can influencers talk about the environmental impacts and pressing labour conditions that result from fast fashion?
A prosperous organic cotton sector benefits everyone—from farmer to consumer. To realize the sector’s potential, we need to bring about the conditions that will allow the crop that safeguards the environment and enhances farmer livelihoods to flourish.
Jesse Junko Beardslee, designer and founder of award-winning eco fashion brand Themis and Thread (http://themisandthread.ecrater.com/), has partnered with artist Jennie Scarbrough to open a gift shop and gallery full of creativity and inspiration. Hector Handmade opened recently, (in the Township of Hector), within the world renowned wine region of The Finger Lakes, Central New York State. Over 100 wineries and breweries dot the picturesque landscape along Seneca Lake, which has been home to the indie brand Themis and Thread for four years.
the occasion of the High Level Political Forum held on July 18 and 19
at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Principles for
Responsible Management Education (https://www.unpreme.org) (PRME) in collaboration with McGill University (https://www.mcgill.ca) and KEDGE Business School (https://www.kedge.edu) announced the launch of a new Sustainability Literacy Test (https://www.sulitest.org/en/index.html) (Sulitest). The module is based on Henry Mintzberg’s book Rebalancing Society.
Twelve years ago, I read the book Cradle to Cradle (C2C) while traveling around the US and Europe to befriend the handful of pioneers in sustainable fashion. At the time, my friend Annouk Post (http://www.annoukpost.com/) and I were in the process of setting up and running the very first sustainable fashion store (http://www.ecofashionworld.com/Kim/Ode-to-Annouk.html) in The Netherlands.
With over 1,200 participants, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit is undoubtedly one of the world's largest events on sustainability in fashion. It is a nonprofit event organized by Danish Fashion Institute on behalf of Nordic Fashion Association. The Summit was first held in 2009 during the UN Climate Change Conference – COP15 – in Copenhagen, and again in spring 2012 and 2014.
On May 12, 2016, 9am - 6pm, the Fashion Summit will once again gather international key players from the fashion industry, as well as experts, NGOs, opinion makers, media and politicians, at the Copenhagen Concert Hall to discuss the evolution of a successful fashion industry in a world where new business models are required to tackle the growing sustainability challenges facing the planet and our societies.
The movement toward more natural, chemical-free, ethically-made products is becoming more and more widespread. The beauty industry is riddled with products filled with cheap, toxic and ineffective ingredients. The task to find products that are healthy to use, actually work, and are affordable, can be grossly discouraging. We are here to take some of the guess-work out of finding a natural beauty regimen that works for you. Here are a few of our tried-tested-and-loved favorites.
Prophetik by Jeff Garner
Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver has wrapped up its 10th edition with international designers, nationally streamed panel discussions and a final runway show erupting in a full audience dance party on the runway. Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver hosts a large community of conscious professionals and admirers alike, but this year there was an added presence of fashion industry professionals and known attendees of general fashion industry events at the events every night. This is what it is about... spreading awareness and inspiring action to collectively perpetuate a healthier fashion industry.
The first Global Sustainable Fashion Week to be held in Budapest, Hungary begins tomorrow April 12 through April 14. This is a unique event combining an international conference, workshops, displays and fashion shows in sustainable and ethical fashion.