Can Fashion Save The Planet 

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Many of the enduring images from my childhood in the 1980’s feature fashion, and not just in style but also in politics. My own fashion hero Katherine Hamnett was a driving force, so when I saw that The Fashion Debates returns next week with ‘Can Fashion Save The Planet?’ I was really interested. Fashion doesn’t just hurt people through poor working conditions and pay issues. Frequently companies are claiming to be ethical while only showing care about the human rights of workers while indulging in serious environmental damage, sustainable fashion can’t just be about sustainable factories, it has to be about sustainable sourcing.

If the industry continues to use toxic dyes, continues to be involved in damaging cultivation of source materials like cotton and wool, if it continues to dump waste irresponsibly then it will end up failing as an industry.

The argument for sustainability must include the environment, so I look forward to hearing more about it, and what I and we a do to be the change we want to see.

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Event Details

‘Can Fashion Save The Planet?’

The evening will explore fashion’s impact on the environment as the second most polluting industry in the world, whether eco collections are just a trend and how technology is creating the possibility for a brighter future. As with every event The Fashion Debates host, the discussion will end with the crucial question ‘What can we all do about it?’

On the panel, hosted by The Fashion Debates’ founder and journalist Olivia Pinnock, will be Lucy Shea, CEO of international sustainability strategy and creative agency Futerra, Renee Cuoco, Centre for Sustainable Fashion Manager at London College of Fashion and Muchaneta Kapfunde, Editor-in-Chief of fashion tech magazine FashNerd.

The Fashion Debates takes place on Thursday 24th November at Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, 16-17 Greek Street, London, W1D 4DR from 7PM – 9PM, the event is open to all and tickets  can be purchased at for £10.

About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments

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