The objective of the webinar is to highlight community solutions for reversing unsustainable trends in fashion and textiles.
15 July 2020
  • Sustainable Lifestyles and Education
Keeping Fashion close to home for better and lighter living

'Keeping Fashion close to home for better and lighter living' is the third webinar from the broader series: ‘Sustainable Living 1.5: Empowering People to live better and lighter’.

The registration link can be found here.

DATE: 12 August 2020

TIME: 11.00-12.30 Pacific Daylight Time 

Our wardrobes and textiles protect us from the elements and enable expressions of culture and individuality. Responsibility for closing the fashion loop lies not only with consumers, who are affected by price, trends, advertising and available options, but also with communities and companies who design, produce and market products and set the policy infrastructure. The fashion industry sector and textiles stand out because people identify so intimately with purchasing decisions about what they wear. We’re seeing sustainable fashion trending in the media as consumer concern rises over the negative impacts of this industry on the environment. Better sourcing and production efforts, consumer messaging (uniqueness and quality over quantity), reuse and vintage models, and more product information are all emerging solutions. 

This webinar will showcase local and regional fiber and textile systems that drive environmentally and socially healthy production chains and businesses, support local job creation, and rebuild markets for regionally produced fashion and fiber-based products.


11.00-11.05 - Welcome and introduction to the Webinar Series – Garrette Clark, UNEP

11.05-11.10 - Introduction to session: Kirstin Miller, Executive Director, Ecocity Builders

11.10-11.20 - Sustainable textile context: where do community solutions fit in? by Katia Vladimirova, PhD: Founder and coordinator Sustainable Fashion Consumption network

11.20-11.35 - How the Anishinaabe are using hemp to restore foodways, rematriate seeds, and make a new economy based on local food, energy and fiber by Winona LaDuke: Honor the Earth, Winona’s Hemp, and the Anishinaabe Agricultural Institute

11.35-11.50 - Northern California Fibershed— working with plant and animal dyes and fibers produced in this region by Rebecca Burgess: Executive Director, Fibershed

11.50-12.05 - ‘Reshoring' strategies for textiles - towards a shift in collective thinking from “offshoring is cheaper” to “local reduces the total cost of ownership” by Harry Moser: Founder, Reshoring Initiative

12.05-12.30 - Moderated discussion and Conclusions

  • Sustainable Lifestyles and Education
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