We, the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion, recognize that the response of the fashion sector to the intensifying ecological crisis has been – and continues to be – over-simplified, fragmented and obstructed by the growth logic of extractive business models as they are currently realized and practiced. As a group of concerned researchers, supported by more than 380 signees from institutions around the world, our view is that textile and clothing researchers can no […]
The UK Government’s response to the recommendations of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee’s report, Fixing Fashion: Clothing Consumption and Sustainability is now published. The report, which was published in February 2019, called for an end to throwaway fashion and included a set of recommendations for environmental and labour market practices. The UK Government has rejected each recommendation, including:– A new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme to reduce textile waste with a one penny charge per garment […]
Following the statement by the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion on the Copenhagen Fashion Summit starting tomorrow, the Union would like to pose three questions to the CFS. They are available as a PDF, as well as below:
On 5th June 2019, the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion is holding its first Local Assembly in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and we invite you to come and take part. The Local Assembly will take place within a ‘Community Event’ of the ArtEZ Fashion Professorship and MA Fashion Held in Common. It will be organised using open space methodology and will discuss urgent questions and issues around fashion and sustainability. Our intention is to draft […]
5th May 2019 As the programme for the 2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit has now been published, the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion issues the following public comments on the programme. In particular, the Union wishes to highlight the paradoxical or even misleading use of language in describing “sustainable fashion” activity.