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Sustainable Fashion Ecologies: Sustainable Practices Across the Fashion Ecosystem

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

Sustainable Fashion Ecologies: Sustainable Practices Across the Fashion Ecosystem

Expand your understanding of sustainable practices

Fashion ecology 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.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Your Relationship Within Fashion Ecologies

    • Welcome to Sustainable Fashion Ecologies

      Welcome to the course, week 1, and personal introductions.

    • Your Personal Fashion Mindsets and Practices

      Explore your personal mindsets and practices within the fashion ecology.

    • Fashion Ecologies Within 'Your Place'

      Discover the fashion ecologies within 'your place' and what are 'local' ecosystems.

    • 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

      Explore sustainable fashion in the global context.

    • Social and Environmental Justice in the Fashion Ecosystem

      Explore intersections and interconnections of social and environmental justice in the fashion ecosystem.

    • Creating Flourishing Fashion Ecosystems

      Learn how to create flourishing fashion ecosystems through individual change.

    • Week 2 Reflection

      Reflect on what you have learned in week 2.

  • Week 3

    Aligning Your Personal Mindset and Actions to the Entire Fashion Ecosystem

    • Welcome to Week 3

      Introduction to Week 3.

    • Building Flourishing Fashion Relationships

      Learn how to build flourishing relationships within fashion ecosystem.

    • Mindset and Actions for Change

      Explore how changing your mindset can lead to changes in action.

    • Course Quiz and Conclusion

      Take a quick knowledge check to review what you learned in this course and reflect on your journey.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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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