Ethical Fabrics And Why We Need To Use Them

This month's masterclass is all about… fabrics (my favourite subject)! We'll dive into the world of ethical fabrics, specifically, why we need to be using them to create products.

For me, working in a more sustainable way means combatting fast, disposable fashion. And if you're going to make a product that transcends seasons and will be cherished by your customer for years, if not decades to come, then it needs to stand the tests of time and do so in a way that doesn't harm the environment or the people who make them.

The production of textiles is a huge subject, so this topic will be an overview of the facts to give you the general picture of what’s going on and how it affects planet and people. If you’d like to read about any of the issues in more depth, there are lots of links to useful and interesting articles at the bottom of this section.


  • Toxic Chemicals Guide

    with Charlie Bradley Ross
    Summary

    This month's masterclass is all about… fabrics (my favourite subject)! We'll dive into the world of ethical fabrics, specifically, why we need to be using them to create products.

    For me, working in a more sustainable way means combatting fast, disposable fashion. And if you're going to make a product that transcends seasons and will be cherished by your customer for years, if not decades to come, then it needs to stand the tests of time and do so in a way that doesn't harm the environment or the people who make them.

    The production of textiles is a huge subject, so this topic will be an overview of the facts to give you the general picture of what’s going on and how it affects planet and people. If you’d like to read about any of the issues in more depth, there are lots of links to useful and interesting articles at the bottom of this section.

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  • Increase the Lifespan of Textile Products

    with Charlie Bradley Ross
    Summary

    Did you know, extending the life-cycle of a garment by nine months, can reduce their carbon, waste and water footprint by 5-10%? Here, we share our tips for extending the life cycle of your products, both at the manufacturing level, and tips to share with customer to help at the consumer level.

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  • Where to Start With Ethical Fabrics

    with Charlie Bradley Ross
    Summary

    Did you know, extending the life-cycle of a garment by nine months, can reduce their carbon, waste and water footprint by 5-10%? Here, we share our tips for extending the life cycle of your products, both at the manufacturing level, and tips to share with customer to help at the consumer level.

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  • The Social Impact of Textile Production & A Fabric's Effect On You

    with Charlie Bradley Ross
    Summary

    In this video you will learn about the social cost of textile production; from raw material to end product, how does it affect the people who produce it? Social impact also encompasses animal welfare. So the animals that create or contribute to the raw materials, how have they been treated? In the second half of the video, we take a look at how fabrics can affect your health and your customers' health as the wearer too. We'll discuss some of the nasty chemicals to avoid. We'll also take a look at some the companies and organisations doing amazing things (full list below).

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  • The Environmental Impact of Textile Production

    with Charlie Bradley Ross
    Summary

    This month's masterclass is all about… fabrics (my favourite subject)! We'll dive into the world of ethical fabrics, specifically, why we need to be using them to create products.

    For me, working in a more sustainable way means combatting fast, disposable fashion. And if you're going to make a product that transcends seasons and will be cherished by your customer for years, if not decades to come, then it needs to stand the tests of time and do so in a way that doesn't harm the environment or the people who make them.

    The production of textiles is a huge subject, so this topic will be an overview of the facts to give you the general picture of what’s going on and how it affects planet and people. If you’d like to read about any of the issues in more depth, there are lots of links to useful and interesting articles at the bottom of this section.

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  • Introduction To Why We Need To Be Using Ethical Fabrics

    with Charlie Bradley Ross
    Summary

    This month's masterclass is all about… fabrics (my favourite subject)! We'll dive into the world of ethical fabrics, specifically, why we need to be using them to create products.

    For me, working in a more sustainable way means combatting fast, disposable fashion. And if you're going to make a product that transcends seasons and will be cherished by your customer for years, if not decades to come, then it needs to stand the tests of time and do so in a way that doesn't harm the environment or the people who make them.

    The production of textiles is a huge subject, so this topic will be an overview of the facts to give you the general picture of what’s going on and how it affects planet and people. If you’d like to read about any of the issues in more depth, there are lots of links to useful and interesting articles at the bottom of this section.

    Read More...

Systain Report (referred to in video two)

Love Your Clothes

Cottoned On

Greenpeace’s Detox Campaign

The Higg Index from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals’ Roadmap to Zero

Clean By Design led by NRDC

Waste Resources & Action Programme (WRAP)’s Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP)

Oxfam and Marks & Spencer’s Shwopping scheme