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Sustainable fashion is a shared responsibility: Willa Stoutenbeek at TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2013

MADE-BY: providing a model for sustainable fashion

Clothing is a basic human need. But with "fast fashion" dominating the high streets, the environmental and social costs are huge.<p>In fact, the textile industry is the third largest consumer of water worldwide, the use of pesticides and chemicals in clothing production is commonplace and the industry …

H&M: can fast fashion and sustainability ever really mix?

Happy shoppers: men and women heading to the high street and returning laden with bags of newly bought goodies. That is the image that both economic policy makers and retailers would love to see. A return to the good times.<p>Fast fashion<p>Few sectors are more emblematic of today's consumer-driven …

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8 Rising Stars On The Ethical-Fashion Scene

Fashion Week in New York City is always a fast-paced, no-sleep, running-on-fumes time for anyone even close to the industry. But, some designers have …

Alternative business models for sustainable fashion – live chat roundup

<b>Why should the fast fashion industry change?</b><p>For a fast fashion giant like Primark, which recently reported a 22% rise in revenues to £4.27bn this year, it could feel like there's nothing broken to fix. But current fast fashion business models will not remain viable forever. Climate change might not …

Sustainable designs from students at London College of Fashion

Students at London College of Fashion (LCF), which is widely regarded as a leader in research and education of sustainable design, used a beta version of the MAKING app to create a collection of sustainable outfits. Nike also worked with LCF to collect additional insight and feedback that was …

Sustainable fashion: top 20 tweeters

As we near the first anniversary of Bangladesh's Rana Plaza factory collapse, it's a good time to take check on the fashion industry and where it's at in terms of its social and environmental impacts. Here, we've collected 20 of the best tweeters to help keep you informed, from journalists to …

Fashion designers benefit communities in Philippines with indigenous textiles

Last month's International Fashion Showcase saw more than 30 foreign embassies and cultural institutions present young design talent to a London audience comprising press, buyers and fashion aficionados.<p>The Manila Wear showcase from the Philippines was the only one that highlighted how six …

Fashion's Dirty Little 'Sustainable' Secret; Wear More and Wash Less

Last year Tommy Hilfiger made headlines when he stated that he 'didn't wash his jeans for months,' and then, after a pause, added 'never.' The comment set off a maelstrom over the hygienic implications but also something else -- more and more people started to come forward and admit that they too …

Watch This New Documentary About The High-Tech, Sustainable Future Of Fashion

Fabric grown from bacteria. T-shirt designs that “refresh” themselves. Or how about a new way to dye fabrics without water or pollution? These are ideas for the future of fashion that blend style and sustainability.<p>The fashion world tends to look forward no further than the next season, and …

What do fashion students need to know about sustainability? - live chat

The next generation of fashion designers, manufacturers and businesses face an uncertain future. They will have to be prepared for the impacts of climate change, resource scarcity, changing consumer behaviour and shifting economic conditions.<p>A new US report, Risky Business (pdf), claims that on the …

Top seven books on sustainable fashion

Whether you're a long time follower of sustainable fashion, new to the scene or just a little curious, these seven books offer insight into an industry often considered the enemy of sustainability.<p>Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution by Safia Minney<p>Founder and CEO of Fair Trade …

How can the fashion industry act for a sustainable water future? - live chat

Join us during World Water Week on <b>Tuesday 2 September from 1pm BST</b> to discuss how fashion brands can measure their water footprint, clean up pollution and work with NGOs<p>Looking at the Earth from afar and seeing some 70% of it blue, you might think we couldn’t possibly run out of water. But the kind …

Sustainable fashion should tap into power of millennials

With huge purchasing power, millennials are the ideal audience for sustainable fashion, but ethical brands could be doing more to engage them<p>It’s time for ethical fashion brands to decide on to whom they are speaking and why. The movement’s current blind spot is young millennials, who have largely …

The New Secret To Sustainable Fashion Comes From The Sea

We already know that fish is good for your diet, your teeth, your hair, and your skin. But, what about your closet? The newest font of sustainable …

Emma Watson and Will.i.am back sustainable fashion

Featuring Pharrell Williams and Michelle Obama, these 10 household names have shown their support for a more sustainable fashion industry<p>Celebrity endorsement is one of the advertising world’s most popular tools. Having a widely admired athlete, actress or musician attached to your product can work …

Green Is the New Black: Fashion Industry Aims to Increase Sustainable Practices

<i>Photo by Toby Talbot/AP</i><p>With the rise of fast fashion stores like Forever 21 and H&M, clothes and accessories are easier – and cheaper – to come by than ever. And while a pair of $10 jeans and an $8 necklace are hard to pass up, there’s also a dark side to production on such a mass scale – namely, …

Neemic: Sustainable Fashion from Beijing

Despite a growing awareness about sustainability, China is not yet one of the places where green ideas come to fruition. In particular, the local fashion industry isn’t sensitive toward environmental issues and the textile industry in the south of the country has often been blamed as one of the …

Why London is Fast Becoming an Epicenter for Sustainable Fashion

Is London becoming a center of gravity for sustainable fashion thinking? Maybe soon, because Kering has just thrown students at the London College of Fashion the challenge and the opportunity to learn and invent new solutions. <b>François-Henri Pinault</b> was in London yesterday to announce an educational …

We're One Big Step Closer To A More Sustainable Fashion Industry, Thanks To This New Initiative

Efforts to create a more sustainable fashion industry have long been the norm for some people. Designers like Stella McCartney and advocates like Amber Valletta have rallied and emphasized the importance of creating sustainable goods for many years. But when it comes to the fashion industry at …

Suzy Amis Cameron aims to bring sustainable fashion to the red carpet

Suzy Amis Cameron, the environmental activist and former model and actor, uses the unlikely metaphor of jet fighters to explain how we are running out of time to reverse our unsustainable lifestyles. Fighter pilots refer to ‘bingo fuel’ when they’re out over the ocean and realise that unless they …

Sustainable fashion needs to be design-led

Ten years ago, a definition of sustainable fashion by a high street shopper might have included the words hemp, natural and definitely organic. I too would probably have said something similar. But after immersing myself in the world of sustainability and working with eco activist Suzy Amis Cameron …

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Fashion Icon Eileen Fisher Talks About Creating Sustainable Fashion

<i>"We don't want sustainability to be our edge, we want it to be universal.</i><p>- Eileen Fisher<p>Who knew that 30 years ago, this small-framed woman from Des Plaines, Illinois would not only revolutionize women's fashion, but would also be a pioneer at saving the earth? This woman is fashion icon Eileen …

What is the future for sustainable materials in fashion?

For an industry that revolves around seasons, two fibres are popular all year round. The first is cotton, a natural fibre with links to forced labour that is as thirsty as it is in demand, taking up to 2,700 litres of water to make one shirt. The second is polyester, a key driver of the man made …

Proof That Sustainable Fashion Found At The Mall Can Be Beautiful

We've been told before that good things take time. But, if that notion is true, H&M hasn't heard it. Or, at least, they're willing to prove …

Sustainable fashion: the top five stories of 2014

It’s hard to forget the photos of Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg wearing “this is what a feminist looks like” t-shirts this year, although sadly for all the wrong reasons after it was alleged that these tops were made in a Mauritian sweatshop by women earning 62p an hour. In our most read sustainable …

Meet Fashion's Cool New Wave of Sustainable Chic Designers

Another year, another Earth Day, and more signs that the fashion industry is evolving toward greener practices and products. Many of the latest wave of sustainably minded designers, however, are shifting their focus away from strictly organic materials (which tend to be basic) in favor of a more …

kiwi labels sewing up the sustainable fashion market

By thinking local and acting global, New Zealand designers are fashioning a new world in which environmental and ethical sustainability reigns.<p>For years New Zealand's political leaders have carefully curated a "clean and green" image to attract the lucrative film and TV industries. But as news of …

H&M’s “sustainability” report hides the unsustainable reality of fast fashion

On April 9, H&M released its annual sustainability report for 2014. The document details—at great length—how the company is implementing more eco-friendly practices in its supply chain and stores to reduce the harm it causes the environment, as well as its efforts on a variety of social welfare …

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