EDGE shares this perspective from Karen Roth:
On the surface, fashion may pale in comparison to weightier endeavors. And yet, the truth of the matter is that the fashion industry is an economic, social, and environmental heavyweight – a $1.2 trillion industry that employs over 1.9 million in the US alone and 23.6 million worldwide. Textile/garment manufacturing is second only to the oil industry as the most polluting. The implications of thoughtless decisions have the deleterious consequence of affecting lives on a global scale.
How can we as emerging designers and consumers transform this social, environmental and economic heavyweight into a dynamic, pure model of creative flow?
My goal as educator first, designer second, is to peel back the curtain on the fashion industry to reveal opportunities for change and inspire others to understand the power within their hands to create a quiet revolution – one person at a time. So let’s talk about what is needed to transform this silent heavyweight into a transformational model of creative flow and prosperity for the greater good.
What would fashion look like in a perfect world?
- Raw materials were grown and harvested by local villagers in diverse environments suitable to the specific raw material.
- Land was honored by utilizing sustainable farming/wild-crafting practices including crop rotation and natural soil enhancement, without the use of toxic chemicals.
- New processing was developed to minimize the use of water and all waste materials were recycled or utilized in some way to benefit the villagers and the local environment – perhaps with the use of plant-based dyes that would actually be healing for the land, the workers, and the consumers.
- Fashion was season-less and timeless.
- Consumers bought fewer, well-made garments from ethical, Eco-friendly producers.
- Garment workers were paid a fair, living wage.
- Compassion, integrity, and ethics trumped profit.
Source: Is Fashion Frivolous?
Feature Image: fashiondistrict.org