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Fashion and the Climate Crisis: An Introduction to Sustainability

Understand the links between the fashion industry and the climate crisis and the imperative for a planet positive fashion future.

1,296 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

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.

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 will you learn with?

I am the Curator and Education Director at The Sustainable Angle, a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing sustainable solutions for the fashion industry, via the Future Fabrics Expo.

Part of The Sustainable Angle Team, working closely with suppliers and managing the material database. Course facilitator on the The Sustainable Angle's Future Learn courses.

Who developed the course?

The Sustainable Angle

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.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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