Discover what sustainable fashion really means and use this knowledge to reevaluate the future of the fashion industry.

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What is sustainable fashion?

On this three-week course, you’ll deepen your understanding of what sustainable fashion is and start to assess how the industry can change for the better.

You’ll begin by identifying biases and debunking misconceptions about the industry to help you explore fashion from an inclusive perspective.

You’ll also think about ways to ensure sustainability and human rights as the fashion industry continues to expand.

Explore the future of fashion

To look at the bigger picture of the industry, you’ll examine the different ecosystems within fashion from both a personal and global perspective. This will help you categorise types of fashion ecosystems and understand how your behaviours impact the industry.

With this information, you’ll evaluate the personal actions you can take to influence a sustainable future for fashion ecosystems.

Gain expert insights from the Parsons School of Design

As you begin to reimagine the future of fashion, you’ll explore emergent alternatives in the industry to discover the pioneers in sustainability.

By the end of this course, designed by the specialists at Parsons School of Design, you’ll know your role within fashion, and feel empowered to help the industry have more positive impacts in the future.


  • Week 1

    Understanding Our Thinking of Sustainable Fashion

    • Introduction

      Welcome to Week 1

    • Assumptions and Preconceptions about Sustainable Fashion

      Assumptions and Preconceptions about Sustainable Fashion

    • Value Mapping

      Value Mapping

    • Exploring Values/Action Gaps

      Exploring Values/Action Gaps

  • Week 2

    Intersections of Fashion Ecosystems

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2.

    • Diversity of Ecosystems- Personal, Local, and Global

      Learn about personal, local, and global diversity of fashion ecosystems.

    • Industry Movements Towards Change

      Learn more about mobilizing the fashion industry for change and how the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals are changing the industry.

    • Activating Change Within Ecosystems

      Discover how to activate change within fashion ecosystems.

    • Wrap Up

      Wrap Up

  • Week 3

    Reimagining Future Sustainable Fashion Ecosystems

    • Welcome to Week 3

      Welcome to Week 3.

    • Breaking Old Cycles: From Individual to Industry

      Learn about how you can be aware of fashion behaviors you would like to change, and how to create those changes.

    • Targeting New Mindsets and Behaviors

      Discover how to target new mindsets and behaviors.

    • Case Studies in Sustainable Fashion

      Let's take a look at what some industry leaders are doing!

    • Course Conclusion

      Course Conclusion

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the concepts of sustainable fashion
  • Classify the types of fashion ecosystems
  • Explore actions that will influence sustainability and the future of fashion ecosystems
  • Assess how your values align with your actions

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in the social, environmental, and economic impacts of fashion.

It may be of particular interest if you are considering a career in fashion or sustainability.

Who will you learn with?

I am a sustainable systems educator, researcher, and designer. I work on developing new mindsets, models, and systems for alternative ecologies of fashion practice for social and environmental justice

Who developed the course?

Parsons School of Design

For more than a century, Parsons School of Design has been inspired by the transformative potential of design. Today, the school’s groundbreaking academic programs carry forward that mission, making Parsons the number one design school in the U.S. and among the top three globally. At the heart of a comprehensive university — The New School — Parsons draws on a range of academic fields to deliver a uniquely interdisciplinary education enriched by the resources of its home in New York City

About this ExpertTrack

Address the human, environmental, and economic issues of the fashion industry and discover best practices for sustainable change.

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