Gallery: 36 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2016

SIMONE CIPRIANI (HEAD AND FOUNDER, INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE'S ETHICAL FASHION INITIATIVE)

I see many efforts by fashion businesses to show some degree of sustainability.

Consumers want it, the human kind needs it, brands try to cope with it.

Nevertheless they won't produce many changes in the year to come, for two reasons:

  1. Sustainability is about undertaking a journey that requires time and a well-defined agenda. Results are often not immediately visible, however, when a strategy is put in place. This creates a solid ground for change, which some groups and brands are seriously engaged in.
  2. Unfortunately, some actors in this industry will continue to create superficial sustainability strategies. This acts as a facade that impedes any real engagement to move away from unsustainable practices. This worsens the impact of the industry on both people and planet.

At the same time, institutional subjects such as fashion schools, trade associations, and non-governmental organizations will promote dialogue around this theme.

This is important, but it often takes place with scarce reference to what really happens and can be done in the industry.

The same will happen with some governments and international organizations: lots of talk on sustainability in the fashion industry, unfortunately coupled with scarce result-oriented action.

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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