Just as I return from visiting garment factories in Myanmar, a stream of press attention focuses on challenges facing this area. Although there are challenges, my trip has only made me believe in the unique opportunity this country represents to change the future of how our clothing is made. Amidst the media headlines there lies potential for real solutions on the ground that can work alongside these challenges and retailers.
This piece is also published on The Crowd.
Some fashion brands are known as daring pioneers in the field of sustainability. From Patagonia with their ‘Don’t buy this jacket’ campaign to Kering and their open source Environmental Profit and Loss methodology. Though what is it that makes fashion a unique draw for those consumers intrigued by sustainability? It could be the creative and fun element it introduces to topics typically branded around science and fear. Or it might be fashion’s intrinsic link to individual expression and a way to display our values, for example about the environment.
As we adapt our wardrobes for more sustainable ways of dressing, you’ll be choosing an item off the hanger with a different looking list of ingredients. Many fashion brands are switching to new types of materials, most recently ethical brand People Tree launched a campaign to introduce a fabric called Tencel® into their line. I wanted to find out more about how these new ingredients lists were coming about, and how soon we as consumers should expect to try and understand what they mean.
Last week was a wooly week for most of the UK, not just because our temperatures seem to have suddenly dropped, but because it was Wool Week. I got an insight into what wool means for us as we strive to shop more sustainably, when I visited clothing brand Finisterre to get an insight into the type of retail and brand experience that tells us a story.
With climate change and pressing social issues knocking on the door of an increasingly interconnected planet, the world needs social entrepreneurs more than ever.
Tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges requires courage, and a true representative of that courage is Stacy Flynn, co-founder of the trailblazing textile technology start-up Evrnu and winner of the Fabric of Change challenge.
My interview with Stacy was originally published on Virgin and can be read here.
It was great to be surrounded by so many ethically minded people from the fashion industry earlier this week at the Ethical Fashion Forum’s Sustainable Fashion Drinks. We met to hear more about the exciting plans ahead for Mysource and share our experiences on what marked a 10 year anniversary for EFF. I left feeling encouraged by the curiosity and drive in the room, and only hope we can continue to foster such meeting points for the ethical fashion community.
I had the opportunity to interview Suzy Menkes, International Editor of Vogue, aka the world’s most famous journalist.
We talked about millennial engagement with sustainable fashion, in the setting of the Copenhagen Fashion summit.
You can read my full write-up in I-D magazine by clicking here.
Photo credit: GM Creative Studio