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Fashion and Sustainability

This guide offers users an introduction to the intersection of fashion and sustainability through various resources: books, articles, videos, podcasts, etc.


What does fashion and sustainability mean?

How do you define sustainability in fashion?

Dr. Janet Hethorn, professor of art and design and dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Central Michigan University, and Dr. Connie Ulasewicz, the department chair and professor of fashion and apparel at San Francisco State University, authors of Sustainable Fashion: What's Next?, Sustainable Fashion: Why Now?, and Sustainable Fashion: Take Action, define sustainability in fashion as a thing or process that:

  • Avoids harm to people
  • Avoids harm to the planet
  • Enhances the well-being of people who interact with it
  • Enhances the well-being of the environment in which it is developed and used

For a basic article on sustainability in fashion, consult this article: "What is Sustainability in the Fashion Industry?"

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