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Sustainable Fashion

By Caron Anderson, Jan 18


“SUSTAINABILITY IS COMPLEX AND THIS COMPLEXITY SHOULD NOT BE FRIGHTENING OR LIMITING. IT SHOULD BE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION.”

-ORSOLA DE CASTRO

 

In support of Always Consider Tomorrow running January 22-28, this week we’re talking all about the sustainable fashion movement. Sustainable clothing refers to fabrics derived from eco-friendly resources, such as sustainably grown fiber crops or recycled materials. It also refers to how these fabrics are made.

 

In a society dominated by mass production and the latest fashion trends offered at low prices, sustainable fashion has been a large undertaking. With the growing demand of conscientious consumers, designers have steadily been participating in the movement. So what exactly does becoming a sustainable designer entail?

  • Countering fast, cheap fashion and damaging patterns of fashion consumption
  • Defending fair wages, working conditions and workers’ rights, and supporting sustainable livelihoods
  • Addressing toxic pesticide and chemical use, using and/or developing eco- friendly fabrics and components
  • Minimizing water use
  • Recycling and addressing energy efficiency and waste
  • Developing or promoting sustainability standards for fashion
  • Providing resources, training and/or awareness raising initiatives
  • Protecting animal rights

 

Here at the CORE we’re fortunate enough to have a number of retailers carrying or working towards a sustainable future. As the CORE is raising awareness around the importance of environmental conversation, we want to shine light on these labels and stores!

 

H&M Conscious Collection

H&M Conscious Exclusive is a unique project that pushes the boundaries on what fashion is and what it could be. Every spring for the past six years, the capsule collection made from organic and recycled materials has been released in H&M stores around the world. Why? To prove that there’s no contradiction in loving beautiful clothing and living a sustainable life. In addition, H&M believes fashion is far too precious to end up in landfills. That is why in 2013, they launched their garment collecting initiative worldwide. You can drop off your unwanted garments - no matter what brand and what condition - in all our H&M stores across the globe.

 

Lolë Yellow Label

 

This program is part of Lolë’s commitment to reduce overconsumption by creating versatile, long-lasting garments, and always made with a genuine concern for people, products and positive impact. By building real value into everything we create, Lolë is dedicated to turning 'consumption' into 'investment.' Their belief in intelligent consumption is embodied in the Lolë Yellow Label Program, which invites donations of gently worn coats and jackets and helps give them a stylish second life. The proceeds of this program benefit local food banks throughout North America, with a similar philosophy of limiting food waste.

 

Holt Renfrew H Project

 

In May 2013, Holt Renfrew launched H Project — a specialty department of extraordinary products with extraordinary stories. Standing for Humanity, Health and Habitat here at Holts, H Project evolved out of our charitable designer collaboration program as our way to start giving back both locally and abroad. Curated from around the world, H Project’s products are all socially responsible by way of where they are made, by whom, with what materials, and how they give back. The height of luxury is to have a well-made, beautiful product where you know exactly who touched it, how many hands, their stories, and what materials were used — H Project gives you that insight.

 

Join the conversation January 22-28 with The City of Calgary, The Nobles and Lolë as they show how they do their part in sustainability. 

 

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Sustainable Fashion

“SUSTAINABILITY IS COMPLEX AND THIS COMPLEXITY SHOULD NOT BE FRIGHTENING OR LIMITING. IT SHOULD BE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION.”

-ORSOLA DE CASTRO

 

In support of Always Consider Tomorrow running January 22-28, this week we’re talking all about the sustainable fashion movement. Sustainable clothing refers to fabrics derived from eco-friendly resources, such as sustainably grown fiber crops or recycled materials. It also refers to how these fabrics are made.

 

In a society dominated by mass production and the latest fashion trends offered at low prices, sustainable fashion has been a large undertaking. With the growing demand of conscientious consumers, designers have steadily been participating in the movement. So what exactly does becoming a sustainable designer entail?

  • Countering fast, cheap fashion and damaging patterns of fashion consumption
  • Defending fair wages, working conditions and workers’ rights, and supporting sustainable livelihoods
  • Addressing toxic pesticide and chemical use, using and/or developing eco- friendly fabrics and components
  • Minimizing water use
  • Recycling and addressing energy efficiency and waste
  • Developing or promoting sustainability standards for fashion
  • Providing resources, training and/or awareness raising initiatives
  • Protecting animal rights

 

Here at the CORE we’re fortunate enough to have a number of retailers carrying or working towards a sustainable future. As the CORE is raising awareness around the importance of environmental conversation, we want to shine light on these labels and stores!

 

H&M Conscious Collection

H&M Conscious Exclusive is a unique project that pushes the boundaries on what fashion is and what it could be. Every spring for the past six years, the capsule collection made from organic and recycled materials has been released in H&M stores around the world. Why? To prove that there’s no contradiction in loving beautiful clothing and living a sustainable life. In addition, H&M believes fashion is far too precious to end up in landfills. That is why in 2013, they launched their garment collecting initiative worldwide. You can drop off your unwanted garments - no matter what brand and what condition - in all our H&M stores across the globe.

 

Lolë Yellow Label

 

This program is part of Lolë’s commitment to reduce overconsumption by creating versatile, long-lasting garments, and always made with a genuine concern for people, products and positive impact. By building real value into everything we create, Lolë is dedicated to turning 'consumption' into 'investment.' Their belief in intelligent consumption is embodied in the Lolë Yellow Label Program, which invites donations of gently worn coats and jackets and helps give them a stylish second life. The proceeds of this program benefit local food banks throughout North America, with a similar philosophy of limiting food waste.

 

Holt Renfrew H Project

 

In May 2013, Holt Renfrew launched H Project — a specialty department of extraordinary products with extraordinary stories. Standing for Humanity, Health and Habitat here at Holts, H Project evolved out of our charitable designer collaboration program as our way to start giving back both locally and abroad. Curated from around the world, H Project’s products are all socially responsible by way of where they are made, by whom, with what materials, and how they give back. The height of luxury is to have a well-made, beautiful product where you know exactly who touched it, how many hands, their stories, and what materials were used — H Project gives you that insight.

 

Join the conversation January 22-28 with The City of Calgary, The Nobles and Lolë as they show how they do their part in sustainability.