27 Mar '15, 6pm

March Forum Recap: #SustainableApparel101 Thank you @Magnifeco @bhavastudio @ShopEthica @ACleanFut…

As the panelists discussed the challenges of transitioning to sustainable fashion, several themes emerged. One is availability of materials. Fashion is a personal statement – consumers won’t buy unattractive products simply because they’re sustainable. So sourcing textiles that are attractive, durable and as eco-friendly as possible is one of the biggest challenges for designers. Another is consumer demand for low prices. As manufacturers scale up in volume, they often begin sacrificing certain aspects of sustainability to keep their price point low. And this leads to the overriding challenge facing sustainable fashion. The fast fashion business model brings the latest trendy styles to consumers at warp speed and very low prices. That’s great for selling high volume, but the concept itself is unsustainable. Fast fashion has created a disposable mindset that programs consum...

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