photography by Kathryn McSherry
I’ve been home for almost two weeks now and it has been crazy. I have truly enjoyed not having anything to do the past week — I’ve watched a lot of HGTV, been selling like crazy on Poshmark, and have ~almost~ finished unpacking my room. I’m also super happy to be back with my photographer extraordinaire sister (who is very good at encouraging me to spin and jump and do weird things) and even happier to be back at my fav abandoned garage door. There are a bunch of things I miss about school, though, like the sunshine, not having to make my own omelets every morning, and my friends of course. I definitely do not miss statistics or fighting for the one laundry machine on my floor, and having my own room again is heaven.
Sustainability & Style
The Copenhagen Fashion Summit happened two weeks ago. It is the world’s largest sustainability in fashion event, and has been occurring every two or so years since 2009. The goal of the fourth ever summit this year was to be a catalyst for change in the fashion industry, and this year’s theme was responsible innovation. Politicians, key players in the fashion industry, experts in sustainability, NGO leaders and the media gathered for the eight hour summit to discuss more sustainable solutions for the production, care and disposal of clothing. There were 52 speakers and upwards of 12,000 attendees from many different countries. Breakout discussions included a panel on sustainability in luxury fashion, new denim technologies, and the politics of the fashion industry. In the eight hours of the summit, the Italian Fashion Body’s chemical substance guidelines were launched and a declaration aiming to decrease the amount of plastic pollution, especially micro plastic that is created from washing clothes and released into the ocean, was signed by numerous players in the fashion industry. Even cooler, for three days before the summit, Copenhagen hosted a Youth Fashion Summit to come up with strategies to integrate the United Nation’s sustainability goals into the fashion industry.
Sadly, I only found out about this summit after catching up on Women’s Wear Daily articles last week. I didn’t hear about it in the news, I saw a few tweets after the fact, and I didn’t see any bloggers in attendance. It is greatly important for events like this to be in the news. The main issue with sustainability in the fashion industry is that most people don’t know that there is a problem. And this issue can so easily be fixed by sharing information and starting a conversation.