Fashion and the Climate Crisis: An Introduction to Sustainability
Unpack the social and environmental impacts of the fashion industry
The climate crisis is at a tipping point and time is running out for the fashion industry to address its impacts.
On this two-week introductory course, you’ll explore the fashion industry’s extractive and linear practices through a resource and materials-focussed lens. This understanding will help you discover the importance of a diverse, responsibly created materials mix for a planet positive fashion future.
Understand how the industry affects the carbon cycle
As you delve into the environmental impacts of the fashion industry, you’ll understand their role in affecting the carbon cycle. This will help you explore the critical need for new models and practices to address the current imbalance.
Discover how fashion interlinks with environmental and social justice
To gain a holistic overview of the impacts of the fashion industry, you’ll also explore the intersections between environmental and social justice.
This knowledge will help you understand how making sustainable changes in the industry has wider impacts on people and the planet.
Explore regenerative design and other sustainable solutions
You’ll explore the key initiatives, such as regenerative design, and organisations that are influencing the industry and driving sustainable change.
By the end of the course, you’ll have both the knowledge and hope of creating a planet positive fashion future.
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...
- Develop baseline sustainability literacy and knowledge, exploring principles and models that relate to, and can be applied to fashion industry practices specifically.
- Evaluate the complexities of the crucial role that the fashion and textiles industries play in contributing to the climate crisis.
- Identify what regenerative design is and how farming practices in relation to materials can act as powerful carbon sinks.
- Apply the value of a whole systems thinking approach, and be able to link to this to the categorisation of raw materials and their ability to be part of C2C systems.
- Develop the contextual understanding required to meet future challenges by grasping the interrelationships between social and environmental resources and practices within the fashion industry to provide a holistic understanding of its complexities.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the fashion industry and climate change.
It will provide invaluable insights if you are looking to advance your career in fashion or sustainability.
Who developed the course?
Founded in 2010 The Sustainable Angle is a not-for-profit organisation and founders of the Future Fabrics Expo. Their work centres on research, education and creating and supporting projects that focus upon the impacts of the fashion and textiles industries, informing professionals about the connections between industry practices and their effects upon the natural world, communities and climate change.
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