“Undressing” Runways and Showcasing Sustainability

Could you imagine a fashion show that only featured designers that value ethical and sustainable choices in the fashion industry?

Well, believe it or not, we have come across a few chic projects that have flaunted exclusively sustainable garments on the runway.

The team at Undress Runways, in Brisbane, Australia, is one we would like to applaud for their work in putting the values of diversity, respect, equality, smart textiles, and sustainability on the runway. This team uses a public fashion show to convey that sustainability and ethical fashion should become default practices in the industry.

The team is also focused on helping others figure out the story that their clothes tell. They advocate for protection of the environment and the real people that are behind the garment industry by educating readers on their website and creating multimedia to inform consumers.

Consider their diagram below that highlights the stages of production from the raw fibres used to create garments to the disposal of the garment by the consumer. They provide in-depth explanations of how each stage can be done responsibly and with the well-being of the environment and human beings in mind.

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Vancouver, Canada is also home to Eco Fashion Week that has showcased 12 successful editions to date. This Eco Fashion Week is focused on presenting the solutions and innovations for developing a more responsible fashion industry.

Their website features an “Eco-Recipe” to give businesses some examples of textiles, production steps, and marketing techniques that are sustainable. Their idea of a “recipe” highlights that each brand has their own way of being “eco”. Some may use second-hand clothing, others may use natural fibres, and there are some brands that may want to focus on changing labour practices. Through education, innovation, and collaboration, Eco Fashion Week holds that the fashion industry has potential to become much healthier.

Although these teams behind this novel practice do recognize that it is extremely difficult to find a garment that is 100% sustainable, it is important to showcase designers who create their brand with sustainable and ethical practices in mind.


Information and Pictures Gathered From: http://www.undressrunways.com/about/#missionhttp://ecofashion-week.com/index.php/about/

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