Summary article of the Sustainable Fashion Research Agenda conference, including the Union, ‘10 Takeaways From The Sustainable Fashion Research Agenda Conference‘ by Charlotte Turner, 16/05/19, published on EcoAge blog.
Piece by Lucy Siegle on the UCRF ‘Cause For Concern – The Researchers Calling For Fashion Change‘, 16/05/19 published on EcoAge blog.
UCRF interview ‘Fashion’s Growth Outpacing Sustainability Efforts, Researchers Warn’ published on the New Fashion Initiative blog, 22/04/19
UCRF interview on Fashion United first published 11/03/19
Press Release, 19th February 2019
New Union takes on
sustainability of the fashion system with bold manifesto and solid knowledge production
Four researchers of fashion and sustainability have formed the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF) to highlight the crucial role that robust knowledge production and communication of knowledge play in making the fashion system sustainable.
“We have set up the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion because change is urgent, and because myths, impenetrable statistics and greenwashing blocks real change.”
“It’s high time fashion follows the limits of planetary resources rather than the growth logic driving industry. This requires change beyond tweaking products. We need entirely new systems and paradigms” say founders Kate Fletcher, Lynda Grose, Timo Rissanen and Mathilda Tham.
UCRF will work for robust knowledge production and communication by calling out misinformed research and research that is misused by the fashion industry often to deflect scrutiny away from current practices. It will also draw attention to sound research in fashion and sustainability that is already out there and encourage work that builds on robust knowledge foundations.
The global fashion industry contributes to climate change, decline in freshwater resources and depletion of soil quality and quantity, among others. As much as fashion is a source of many problems, it can be a source of myriad rich solutions. UCRF strives to connect and strengthen a global network of researchers, fashion practitioners and laypersons committed to profound change in the fashion system. In its first week, more than 50 researchers from around the world have joined the Union and signed its manifesto.
Inspired by the Union of Concerned Scientists formed nearly 50 years ago, an organization invoked by Professor Lynda Grose in her keynote lecture at the Global Fashion Conference at London College of Fashion, UK in November 2018; Professors Fletcher, Tham, Grose and Rissanen joined together to convene UCRF and to link arms in the face of powerful economic and political fashion structures with an interest in maintaining the status quo.
Professor Kate Fletcher, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts, UK.
Professor Lynda Grose, California College of the Arts, USA.
Assistant Professor Timo Rissanen, Parsons School of Design, The New School, USA.
Professor Mathilda Tham, Linnaeus University, Sweden.