How Fashion Schools Are Tackling the Sustainability Puzzle

The fashion industry is struggling to understand the scale of its environmental challenges and how to solve them. It starts with education.

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world and has relied for years on exporting labour to countries with little care for workers’ rights. The industry is based on excessive consumption of items made from plastics or resource-intensive natural fibres like cotton, and contributes millions of tons a year to landfills globally.

Those issues have hovered below the radar for decades, only rarely bursting into mainstream consciousness as a result of major scandals. But that’s changed over the last few years, following catastrophes like the fatal Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, and rising consumer consciousness about fashion’s environmental impact.

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