Managing The Life Cycle Of Your Fashion Product
In this lesson we will look at key areas where you can lower your impact in consideration of product life cycle.
It is clear that in every single product we own, there has been water and energy used and lost within its creation. So, the most sustainable thing we can do is to not make anything at all. As a fashion business or creative entrepreneur that isn't going to happen for you. What you can do is consider the full life cycle of your products. Take care in lowering production impact by reducing water and energy use, design for how your customer will use the item, and plan for how the item will likely be discarded.
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In this lesson you will learn:
- What 'life cycle', the 'circular economy' and 'cradle to cradle' mean
- How a Life Cycle Assessment can help you
- How to address microplastics: what are they, how they are released, where do they go, and what you can do about them
- Pollution and energy impacts from dry cleaning and washing, and how to relay this to your customer
- The negative impacts of dyeing, and positive solutions to lower pollution and energy in this area
- In what ways a hire or repair model can support low product life cycle impact
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Regenerative Organic Textiles And Foodwith Elizabeth Whitlow
The way we cultivate our land results in wide-reaching impacts on our environment and society. Improved soil health means less habitat desctruction, less exploitation, freedom from toxic chemicals and less factory farming.
These factors relate both to food production and textile fibre production and in this Lesson we learn how the two come together in the pioneering work of the Regenerative Organic Alliance (ROA) which counts Patagonia as one of its founding members. Executive Director of the ROA Elizabeth Whitlow, joins us to discuss the ROA's revolutionary new certification for farmers and why it matters to fashion businesses.