Role of education in moving towards a more sustainable future.
What is the issue?
Some of the large clothing MNC’s produce more than half a billion garments per year and about 14.3 million tons of textile/garments were sent to landfills in one year in the US alone. A significantly large number of garments that do not sell at retail stores are sent to second-hand shops, where only 20 to 30 percent of the clothing are resold. The US EPA estimates that an average person throws away 70lb of clothing every year and the incineration of synthetic textile fibers led to 1.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emission.
What do we propose?
As a university, we are capable of bringing about a change in the thinking of students towards mindful consumption and creative reuse of existing materials. We can provide a platform for creating awareness about the unsustainable consumption patterns in the world by putting to creative use the trash generated in the university premises. It is important to emphasize the fact that sustainability is not just trendy but also a forward-thinking message that will help in organizational brand building.
The campus trash can be used by the design students to create displays for the fashion studio. As these displays need to be changed frequently, it cuts down significant costs for the university in buying new materials. Periodic competitions, fashion shows, and workshops can be conducted for creating and displaying trash into usable fashion materials that can be retailed at the university premises.
What are the current Trends?
‘Junk to Funk’ in Portland, Oregon is one such project that has been actively involved in conducting fashion shows based on the concept of ‘Trashion’.
London College of Fashion (LCF) along with H&M has started the project ‘Clothes Well Lived,’ wherein they use old clothes to create unique and creative visual displays. They have forced people to reconsider the value of old clothing and created a sustainable shift from fashion throw-away culture to a fashion preservation culture. We can also collaborate with fashion groups to encourage students to create unique designs made out of recycled materials and award jobs to such students as an incentive.
This type of initiative redefines the productivity in the value chain as well as contributes to the development of local clusters where,
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Thinking Art & Design? Look no further! Westford University College will be starting the HND program in Art & Design early next year with specific pathways in Fashion and Interior Design. The aim is to help students with design acumen to further their understanding of the field and develop their personal approach.
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