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An Interview with Rob Hiyas: Deconstruction via Design

Could you tell us about your work in the fashion space, and your background in integrating sustainability into fashion? My design practice draws inspiration from reflections on socio-cultural constructs like gender and sexuality. My present work explores the intersection between gender and clothing in which I interrogate and cirque the construct and performativity of gender—in…

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Just Fashion: Redressing the Global Environmental Injustices of Fast Fashion

by Indigo Jones   Peers and professors alike at the International Relations department of St Andrews University in Scotland thought I was insane, vapid, or both. They were astounded that I would be writing about the environmental injustices of fashion for my dissertation. Their disbelief only further proved my point: fashion is trivialized, considered too…

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Hannah Ringwald: The New Fashion Questionnaire

The New Fashion Initiative regularly invites a leading voice in the sustainable and ethical fashion revolution to answer 17 questions about themselves, both personal and professional. It’s our green and socially conscious spin on Vanity Fair‘s beloved Proust Questionnaire. This month, our interviewee is Hannah Ringwald. Combining her strategic mindset with creativity, Hannah has been deeply involved in…

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Hawa Patel on Sustainable Development Goals: Climate Action

As we reach the end of this series, I am quite excited to go out with a bang! Reader, this is your final call to action: it is the call to take climate action. United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13, Climate Action, aims to take urgent measures to combat climate change and its impacts.  My take…

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Each year, the fashion industry generates 92 million tons of textile waste. It's the seceond largest polluter in the world, producing 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 20% of global wastewater. Read the PDF

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Rental Clothing

Every year, $460 billion worth of usable clothing is sent to landfills in the US. An up-and-coming industry that is trying to remedy this problem is the online rental clothing industry.

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Biodegradable Packaging

How are the current systems that produce, use, recover, and process plastics affecting the environment and the economy? What are our alternatives?

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Period Poverty in Fast Fashion Factories: In Conversation with Prachi Gor

While the ready-made garment sector in India employs 12.9 million people, one issue that impacts approximately 80 percent of garment workers often goes unaddressed: menstruation. Factories contracted by Western fast fashion brands often limit access to menstrual hygiene in their facilities in order to prevent decreased productivity. This lack of hygiene infrastructure is coupled with…

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