Gallery: 36 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2016

REBECCA BURGESS (FOUNDER, FIBERSHED)

Post-Paris and -COP21, we stand in a new era of global agreement and commitment about our climate.

How will that affect fashion? Twenty-five countries and 75 nongovernmental organizations signed onto the 4/1000 Initiative, and the number continues to grow.

Regenerative agriculture (think the opposite of your age-old Green Revolution, or GMO follow up) has now been identified for the first time as a key solution to the climate crisis.

The French agricultural minister has stated, "if nations can increase the organic matter in the soil by four parts per thousand. This would be enough to offset all carbon emissions."

Scientists agree, and initiatives and campaigns are blooming. Here in my home region, Project Drawdown is emerging as a champion of land-based solutions to climate change.

In 2016. we will hopefully see a strong response from fashion to align with this soil carbon building movement.

Clothing that comes from organic and regenerated soils can return to the soil. via compost. to improve yields for the next generation of fiber crops.

The Fashion Institute of Technology brought this into focus for their students quite recently, and we’ll likely see this kind of soil-to-soil fiber system expand into the lexicon.

The idea of "cradle to cradle" will begin to acknowledge the roots and soil as a starting and ending point.

How your clothing was farmed may very well become part of the life-cycle assessment for a garment.

An increase in the effort to divest from fossil fuels and fossil carbon extraction will move us increasingly away from synthetics, while renewing our attention toward natural-fiber systems with a new focus on building soil carbon, fertility, and water-holding capacity in the remaining arable lands that grow our clothes.

I see 2016 as a year to develop the structure and planning required to scale soil-to-soil fiber systems. It’s a year for coming together, a time to build a broad set stakeholders that are aligned to help us look good while having our feet firmly planted on this beautiful earth.

ECO-FASHION ORACLES

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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