This week we caught up with Claire Goldsworthy, Founder and Editor The Fashion Advocate, a blog devoted to likeminded individuals who are designing for positive social and environmental change…
Following intense rounds of preliminary judging, the 30 semi-finalists for the Redress Design Award 2018 have been unveiled. Organised by Hong Kong-based environmental NGO Redress, this year’s competition has been the toughest cycle yet since the launch of the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition in 2011. Reviewing a record number of applications from 56 regions, the expert judging panels scored the applicants based on creativity, originality, sustainability and market viability in order to cut hundreds of ambitious young sustainable designers down to just 30, including 1 Australian designer; Tess Whitfort from Boxhill Institute!
The natural resources that fashion designers have relied on for generations have depleted at an exponential rate over the past 15 years. In reality, we’re potentially facing complete exhaustion of most natural resources by 2030. In response, it’s been announced that Australia’s first, industry only, Circular Fashion Conference will take place in Sydney Australia on 22 March 2018.
With mounting environmental pressure, Australia’s disposable fashion crisis is helping forge new alliances between the recycling sector and advocacy groups. This year, a group of industry advocacy specialists and Australia’s most renowned sustainability experts have joined forces to announce The Australian Circular Fashion Conference.
ALDI Australia introduced the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® in 2009 on their home textiles ensuring product safety for their customers. Now they bring the focus to a transparent supply chain, introducing their new MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® certified bath towels and bath sheets. They are the first retailer in Australia to bring the traceable textile label to their customers.
Meet Paul Castro, the local designer giving surplus fashion items a new light. Since graduating from RMIT's Masters of Fashion Design program, Paul has gone on to be recognised at the iD International Emerging Design Award. We asked about his creative practice, designing sustainably, working with surplus stock and where he's headed next!
Meet Artisans of Fashion (AOF), a social enterprise founded by Sydney based Creative, Caroline Poiner with the aim to promote cultural sustainability, authenticity and social change for village artisans in India. AOF has a specific focus on empowering women & marginalised communities, working with them to preserve traditional craft skills and connect these techniques to designers and retail brands in the international market...
This month we catch up with Melinda Tually, the driving force behind Fashion Revolution Au/NZ and Nndless - The New Normal. In her role a as a Responsible Retail Strategist, Melinda advises brands and retailers on responsible business and supply chain strategy, social and environmental risks and develop systems understanding and policies to guide best practice...
Jeanswest Publishes Factory Listing Confirming Its Commitment To Transparency In Manufacturing! Our members Jeanswest are kicking goals with their commitment to all the good things, namely transparency, ethics and the local industry. Earlier this year the team launched their #Homespun range which was made entirely in Australia and accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Just this month they have also been recognised on Oxfam’s ‘Nice’ list, and, published their factory listings of business partners across China, Australia, Vietnam and India…
Unless living in an internet free bubble - you may have noticed that the 18th-24th of April was Fashion Revolution Week? The global, annual movement is held on the anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza collapse and seeks to raise awareness of our industry’s most pressing issues. Fashion Revolution was born to unite the global fashion industry to make a change, promote ethical sourcing and encourage traceability. As a round up, here are a few of our favorite moments from our TFIA Members!
TFIA Guest Blogger | Paul Castro - Out of Mind
This week, guest blogger Paul Castro takes us through how better environmental performance can positively effect the bottom line!
Fashion manufacturing is a major cause of environmental degradation. Most first world companies manufacture overseas in order to save money. The resulting pollution, being out of sight, is also out of mind.
But things are changing, for a very powerful reason. Profit! Companies are starting to realise that better environmental performance can positively affect the bottom line.
‘Clean by Design’, for example, is a program created in the USA by the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council). Its goal is to reduce the environmental impact of textile manufacturing in developing countries, by implementing a ‘green supply chain’.
In order to execute this efficiency management program, the NRDC developed 10 Best Practices for Textile Mills to Save Money and Reduce Pollution. These best practices are divided across three main areas: Water (e.g.: reuse of cooling or process water), Energy (e.g.: recover heat from hot rinse water) and Electricity (e.g.: optimize compressed air system).
The program focuses on textile dyeing and finishing in over 50 mills around the world. Improvements in efficiency are “high impact, low-cost, profitable, with a short payback period of usually less than a year”.
The bottom line results? Savings on average of U$ 440,000 and up to U$3.5 million for the top mill, in the first year.
Linda Greer, director of NRDC’s health and environment program states:
‘Every one of the textile mills that has participated in ‘Clean by Design’… improved its environmental performance and saved money’.
A fantastic way to save money, whilst protecting the environment.
Paul Castro is one of TFIA's Student Members, and is currently undertaking his Masters in Fashion & Textile Design at RMIT University. Paul will be guest blogging for the TFIA over the coming months to keep you updated on issues of ethical and sustainable Fashion across the global supply chain. You can read more on Paul and his work HERE!