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July 22, 2019


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What is Sustainable Fashion? Be Educated
 
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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.


SPECIAL FEATURES:

ECO-GLOSSARY
Learn terms, such as fast fashion, transparency, upcycling...

PRODUCT EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
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.

Innovation Awards 2018 - 2019

Innovation Awards 2017 - 2018

Innovation Awards 2016 - 2017

RECENT TRADE SHOW REVIEWS OF NEW PRODUCTS

Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019 - In a Word - Sustainability

Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019 - Fibers that Strengthen, Cool and Protect the Environment

Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2018 - Sustainability and the Snow Sports Market

Outdoor Retailer Summer Show 2018 - Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry

NEWS & VIEWS
Keep updated on new products, trends & other sustainable topics.

 

ECO-VIDEO VAULT

COMPANY/PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY STORIES
See & hear what they are doing to improve sustainability.

OVERVIEW OF SUSTAINABILITY OF TEXTILES
Be educated about the problems & solutions.

CERTIFICATIONS
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.

10 Tips to Make Your Clothes Last Longer - Learn: What to look for in well-made clothes; How to sort, wash & dry items, Remove stains; and, hang & store clothes.

Why Washing Less is More Sustainable - Looking at the full life cycle of a piece of clothing, it's washing and drying that damages our natural environment the most.

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.

Ethical Organizations - to sustain the environment and support social responsibility

NEWS & VIEWS
MADE IN GREEN HELPING PARENTS CHOOSE SUSTAINABILITY With the "Made in Green" label, retailers and manufacturers have the opportunity to communicate on the product directly to responsibility-conscious parents that they are committed to high product safety as well as ecological and social production conditions. Read more… One Thing to Do With Old Clothes? Turn Them Into Art Eileen Fisher, a leader in the sustainable fashion sphere, is tackling 'What can you do with clothes you don’t wear anymore?" One option is to turn them into art. Read more…
Ready-to-Wear and Re-Wear — Meet Sustainable Fashion Apparel makers for all budgets are committing to making fashion more sustainable. Is green the new black? Read more… '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. Read more…
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. Read more… 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. Read more…
An A-Z guide to living your best sustainable life Navigate your way through an eco-friendly lifestyle Read more… One man's 300-mile swim through a vortex of trash Every day, more and more people are joining the throng of people fighting to reduce plastic waste—and use—across the Earth. Read more…
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. Read more… 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! Read more…
 
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