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Your Role in Sustainable Fashion: Sustainable Practices Across the Fashion Ecosystem

Explore how your interactions within the fashion industry’s global ecosystems can help promote sustainable growth.

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Your Role in Sustainable Fashion: Sustainable Practices Across the Fashion Ecosystem

1,604 enrolled on this course

  • 3 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Expand your understanding of sustainable fashion practices

Your Role in Sustainable Fashion examines the interconnectedness of garments, people, and the environment. It explores how different components of the fashion industry are linked together in often complex relationships, and we must look at each part to fully understand their impacts on a global scale.

On this three-week course, you’ll broaden your understanding of sustainable practices and how they impact the fashion industry.

You’ll also start to think about steps to take as a fashion wearer to create more sustainable fashion ecologies.

Explore fashion’s impact on environmental and social justice

Throughout the course, you’ll consider your relationship with fashion and your personal mindsets and practices within fashion ecology.

You’ll learn to define a fashion ecosystem on a personal and local level before examining ecosystems on a global scale to explore social and environmental justice.

Discover how personal actions affect global fashion

The final week will tie in how personal mindsets interact with the global fashion ecosystem as you’ll be encouraged to create a value-driven action plan.

You’ll understand how personal actions intersect with different types of fashion ecosystems before discussing the future of fashion.

Learn from an industry expert at Parsons School of Design

You’ll be guided by industry specialists from Parsons School of Design – the number one design school in the U.S.

You’ll finish the course with a deep understanding of fashion ecosystems and the role you can play in developing a sustainable industry.


  • Week 1

    Your Relationships Within Fashion Ecologies

    • Welcome to Your Role in Sustainable Fashion

      Welcome to 'Your Role in Sustainable Fashion', 'Week 1: Your Relationships within Fashion Ecologies'. In this activity, you'll get to know a little more about this course and introduce yourself to your fellow learners.

    • Your Personal Fashion Mindsets and Practices

      In this activity, you'll learn a bit more about what we mean when we say 'fashion ecology'. You'll also begin to explore your personal mindsets and practices within the fashion ecology.

    • Fashion Ecologies Within 'Your Place'

      In this activity, you'll discover the fashion ecologies within 'your place' and what are 'local' ecosystems. You'll dive into your local ecosystem to better understand your positionality and how you might begin to effect change.

    • Week Reflection

      Reflect on what you learned in Week 1 of this course.

  • Week 2

    The Global Fashion Ecosystem as Part of Nature

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2: The Global Fashion Ecosystem as Part of Nature

    • The Global Dynamics of Sustainable Fashion

      In this activity, you will explore sustainable fashion in the global context. You'll look at the current system in place to understand areas where change is needed.

    • Social and Environmental Justice in the Fashion Ecosystem

      In this activity, you will explore intersections of social and environmental justice in the fashion ecosystem. Think about these in the context of the three pillars of sustainability

    • Creating Flourishing Fashion Ecosystems

      In this activity, you'll learn how to create flourishing fashion ecosystems through individual change. You'll gain an understanding of who is or is not included in the current system and the reasons for that.

    • Week 2 Reflection

      Reflect on what you learned in Week 2 of this course.

  • Week 3

    Aligning Your Personal Mindset and Actions to the Entire Fashion Ecosystem

    • Welcome to Week 3

      Welcome to Week 3: Aligning Your Personal Mindset and Actions

    • Building Flourishing Fashion Relationships

      In this activity, you'll learn how to build flourishing relationships within fashion ecosystem. You'll think about the choices you make and how those affect the fashion ecology.

    • Mindset and Actions for Change

      In this activity, you'll explore how changing your mindset can lead to changes in action. You'll do this by learning the theory of change and mapping your values and actions.

    • Course Quiz and Conclusion

      Reflect on what you learned in Week 3 of this course. Check your knowledge to review what you learned throughout this course and reflect on your journey.

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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...

  • Explore your personal and local fashion ecosystems
  • Describe the global fashion ecosystem
  • Critique how your personal actions intersect with global and local fashion ecosystems
  • Develop a personal values-driven action plan

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in sustainability and fashion.

It will be particularly useful if you want to learn more about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of fashion.

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

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