Gallery: 36 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2016


In 2016, people will continue to come together to talk about the issues involving fashion and sustainability—not only activists and academics but also manufacturers and consumers.

  • The Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s largest conference on sustainable fashion, is scheduled to have its fourth gathering from May 10 to 12.
  • The 2015 International Climate Change Agreement, which comes into effect in 2020, will see significant investment and steps forward from the organizations that are the biggest impactors.
  • Pantone 2016 color trends reveal a blending of two shades: pink rose quartz and serenity light blue, a symbolic representation of all colors, all genders, all voices, depicting the spirit of the times.
  • The role that fashion plays in self-actualization is key. People are always going to need fashion so it’s a question of “How can we make people pride themselves in the fact that the clothes they wear are intrinsically sustainable?” I’m very optimistic that the more we talk about these things the greater the positive change we can bring.

    Even if one person changes their opinion and purchasing habits, that’s one person more.

  • Fashion brands will make transparent production central to its philosophy. Just as the slow-food movement prizes practices that are gentle on the land and the body, a wave of labels and retailers are focusing on socially responsible methods.
  • Important films will be Fabien Cousteu’s Mission 31: filmmakers, activists and scientists break new ground in ocean exploration in order to help people protect, connect, and understand the ocean. Also, The True Cost, a feature-length documentary that explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet.
  • Books on my shelf that I'm looking forward to reading in 2016 include What Women Want: The Science of Female Shopping by Paco Underhill, Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear/em> by Elizabeth Gilbert, Simplicity by Nancy Braithwaite, and Recycled Home by Mark and Sally Bailey.


1. Marie-Claire Daveu (Kering)

2. Simone Cipriani (Ethical Fashion Initiative)

3. Livia Firth (Eco-Age, Green Carpet Challenge)

4. Lewis Perkins (Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute)

5. Amy Hall (Eileen Fisher)

6. Kathleen Talbot (Reformation)

7. Christina Sewell (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

8. Kirsten Brodde (Greenpeace)

9. Jason Kibbey (Sustainable Apparel Coalition)

10. Judy Gearhart (International Labor Rights Forum)

11. Orsola de Castro (Fashion Revolution, Estethica, From Somewhere, Reclaim to Wear)

12. Christina Dean (Redress)

13. Nicole Rycroft (Canopy)

14. Andrew Morgan (The True Cost)

15. Leah Borromeo (Dirty White Gold)

16. Sass Brown (Eco-Fashion Talk)

17. Anthony Lilore (Restore Clothing, Save the Garment Center)

18. Carmen Artigas

19. Shannon Whitehead (Factory45)

20. Deanna Clark (Fashion Institute of Technology)

21. Marci Zaroff (MetaWear, Portico Brands, Thread: Driving Fashion Forward)

22. Giusy Bettoni (C.L.A.S.S.)

23. John Patrick (Organic)

24. Safia Minney (People Tree)

25. Javier Goyeneche (Ecoalf)

26. Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart (Vaute)

27. Francisca Pineda (Bhava, Ethical Fashion Academy)

28. Karen Stewart and Howard Brown (Stewart + Brown)

29. Rebecca Burgess (Fibershed)

30. Maxine Bédat (Zady)

31. Rachel Kibbe (Helpsy)

32. David Dietz (Modavanti)

33. Jill Heller (The Pure Thread)

34. Suzanne McKenzie (Able Made)

35. Bianca Alexander (Conscious Living TV)

36. Amy DuFault (Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator)

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