Sustainable Fashion Organizations and Forums You Need to Know About

No Kill and our readers are not the only ones concerned about the environmental impact of the fashion industry; countless groups and events have been created to research, discuss and publicize sustainable and ethical fashion.

Following these groups and events is a great way to stay up to date about issues and GET INVOLVED!

 

UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

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The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is an initiative created by several agencies of the United Nations and other sustainably minded organizations working towards the development of more sustainable and ethical practices within the fashion industry and its supply chain.

The initiative aims to support coordination between UN organizations working in fashion to promote projects and policies to ensure the industry contributes to the success of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The Alliance has four main objectives: ‘promoting active collaboration’, ‘knowledge sharing’, ‘strengthening synergies’, and ‘outreach and advocacy’. In accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance targets the social, economic and environmental impacts created by the fashion industry.

In collaboration with other like-minded organizations, the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion holds several events/conferences each year. Their next event is on September 9th 2021; the dialogue conference, entitled “Sustainable Recovery through Sustainable Fashion: A Focus on the Environmental Dimensions Nexus Dialogue”, is an online event with online registration and zero admittance fees.


Sustainable Fashion Forum

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In 2017, the Sustainable Fashion Forum was founded to create change. Today, the Sustainable Fashion Forum stands as a global community of curiously passionate sustainable fashion advocates. The forum is an online community that holds yearly in-person conferences to offer new information and alternative perspectives of the issues and trends of sustainable fashion.

The 2021 conference was held exclusively online on April 20-24th; to find out more information you can purchase the replay or check out their summary online!

The dates for the 2022 conference were recently announced and the conference will be held on April 22-24th, 2022, both online and in person! To stay up to date on sign-ups, announcements and updates, sign up for the Sustainable Fashion Forum’s newsletter☺ The themes for the 2022 conference are ‘Forging New Paths’, ‘Accelerating Innovation’, ‘Diversifying Solutions’, and ‘The Business of Sustainability’, all of which should make for some super interesting conversation!


Global Fashion Agenda

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The Global Fashion Agenda, long considered one of the world’s leading forums for sustainability in the fashion industry, believes that achieving sustainability should not only be on everyone’s checklist but should be the fashion industry’s first priority!

Founded in 2016, and anchored around Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the Global Fashion Agenda is a vital player in industry collaboration and public-private cooperation.

The agenda includes circular fashion partnerships, a design and innovation forum and a new approach to policy and advocacy, all in the hopes of upending the current wasteful system.

Make sure to follow the Global Fashion Agenda’s Instagram (@globalfashionagenda), it is a great way to stay informed on the forums personal news and contemporary sustainable fashion in general!


Copenhagen Fashion Summit +

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The Copenhagen Fashion Summit occupies the apex of worldwide sustainable fashion events. The Summit brings together industry leaders and diverse voices from around the globe to discuss the intersection between fashion and sustainability.

Due to the pandemic, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit was online in October of 2020, and will be online once again this year, allowing for far more access; in 2020, over 8,000 people tuned in live.

The online 2021 Summit includes live breakout sessions, networking features, discussion rooms and exclusive on demand access for all content in an online archive for three months after the event!

With over 75 speakers from a range of different companies and industries, the 2021 Copenhagen Fashion Summit promises to be the nexus for agenda-setting discussions on the most critical environmental, social and ethical issues facing our industry and planet. The speakers include renowned individuals from brands like Gucci, industry experts from Business of Fashion, environmental experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society, several advisers and board members of the Global Fashion Agenda and many more.

Designed for individual consumers and businesses/organizations, No Kill urges EVERYONE to sign up!

All of No Kill’s readers, as well as anyone interested in fashion and sustainability, should definitely consider buying tickets to the 2021 Copenhagen Fashion Summit ‘Prosperity VS. Growth’ event on October 7th and 8th!


Fashion Revolution

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Founded in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, Fashion Revolution has become the largest fashion activism movement around the world. The organization is comprised of consumers, designers, business leaders, policymakers, brands, manufacturers, workers and more allowing it to target all different levels of the fashion supply chain.

Fashion Revolution’s ultimate goal and vision for the future is a global fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit.

The organization works to create change in three areas – cultural, industry and policy – leading to systematic and structural development.

Its website offers great resources for beginners and experts, as well as listing current activist movements, places to donate and ways to take action!

Fashion Revolution is an amazing organization that works to educate and empower all of the Earth’s citizens to work towards a more sustainable future for the fashion industry.


New York City Fair Trade Coalition

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The NYC Fair Trade Coalition is an organization helping to develop fair trade businesses in New York City while providing consumers with vital information on the importance of fair trade. ‘Fair Trade’ is a partnership between producer/artisan and seller that is built on reciprocal benefits and mutual respect; it promotes equality and sustainability within trading and business partnerships.

The NYC Fair Trade Coalition works with ethically minded businesses, other non-governmental organizations, and individual citizens to host promotional/informational events, engage the general public in dialogue and create activism movements.

If you are located in New York City or just visiting, you should definitely check out the NYC Fair Trade Coalition’s Sustainable Fashion Community Center in East Harlem! It is a clothing recycling center (and donation/swap shop), member-led pop-up, and safe space for gathering, sharing and education. As cool as it gets.

The Coalition and its Community Center hold several events a month, such as community meetings, workshops, and meet & greets! They even have an informational podcast (with attached presentations) available to anyone that wants to learn a bit more about ethical trade and sustainability in the fashion industry!


Re/make

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Re/make is an international non-profit organization on a mission to change the harmful practices utilized in the fashion industry impacting people and our planet.

Founded in 2019 by Ayesha Barenblat, Re/make promotes equality and sustainability in three different areas: education, advocacy and transparency. The organization has made huge strides in all three of these areas because of their large following and continued dedication.

Within the education sector, Re/make has produced informational films and published investigative stories in order to inform all individuals about the negative impacts of the fashion industry. They also hold classroom lectures to engage every global citizen in the discussion of sustainable development.

Re/make also takes part (and even leads) several different activism campaigns to improve the conditions of all people and our planet. Their past campaigns have focused on living wages, gender and climate justice, and systemic change at the policy level.

As for transparency, Re/make has created an amazing brand directory of fashion companies and fosters relationships with them to discuss how they can better partake in sustainable practices throughout their supply chains.

All-in-all Re/make is doing great things for the fashion industry!

Getting information and getting involved in the development of sustainable fashion can be as easy as a simple google search! It is so important to stay informed and take action in order to protect our planet against the climate change.

A great way to stay informed is by following any of the above organizations and even attending their events (online or in-person)! Of course there are more out there so be sure to let us know on social if we missed your favorite!

–Carolina McCormick

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