Attended a great talk at FIT recently! The topic up for discussion was The Future of Fashion and The Impact of Digital Technology, and the two panelists were Rory Tahari (State of Mind Partners, former CEO Elie Tahari) and supermodel Veronica Webb. Both of them had so many interesting insights to offer, especially regarding sustainability. Here are a few of them:
-Synthetic clothing, especially anything that has stretch, is thumbs down when it comes to sustainability, because they shed micro-plastics into the water when being washed. I found two articles explaining this further HERE and HERE.
-Choose bamboo or organic cotton over regular cotton. It takes over 2700 liters/700 gallons of water to produce a single t-shirt made from cotton. Bamboo requires much less water, and bamboo also produces 35% more oxygen than trees.
You could also still by cotton, just make sure it’s organic and made LIKE THIS.
-Excess inventory is one of the biggest challenges in this age of mass produced fashion, and a larger focus on direct-to-consumer + made-to-order fashion (i.e. a garment is made only once a consumer has actually ordered it online), might be a possible solution to this challenge.
-France is in the process of banning destruction of unsold goods, including clothes. Hopefully more countries will follow suit. Read more about the bill that was just passed HERE.Read More