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Innovative Solutions to Fast Fashion Challenges


June 10, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Webinar Only


This event is free and open to the public but you must register. Note: there is no in-person availability for this event.

  • Please REGISTER HERE by June 8.
  • Webinar information will be emailed one business day prior to the event. If you are unsure if you can access the webinar via the GoToMeeting platform, please go HERE to view system requirements prior to registering.
  • All times noted are EASTERN Time. The webinar will begin at 12 noon Eastern, 11 AM Central, 10 AM Mountain, and 9 AM Pacific.
  • There is no CLE for this course.

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An ELI Webinar co-sponsored by the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC)

By the end of 2019, Americans sent more than 35 billion pounds of textiles to landfills. Yet, approximately, 95% of all used clothing is recyclable through re-use as apparel, conversion into cloth-based items, and redevelopment as fibers for new products. Meanwhile, a new €50m deal for a sustainability-linked loan is making waves as a first for the luxury goods industry, allowing interest rates to be lowered in exchange for going green. In an ever-changing world with a focus on corporate social responsibility, companies are increasingly seeking measures, innovation, and consensus that could lead to significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There is a growing movement within the fashion industry to redesign the fashion economy, business models, and policies to promote sustainable solutions to clothing waste.

How can efficiency be altered to steer the fashion industry away from a fast fashion culture and toward a more invested and sustainable culture? What are the environmental impacts of fast fashion waste and what are companies doing to address these impacts? How can sustainability be further incorporated into supply chains? What are the guiding policies, economic models, and proactive measures being taken by corporations across the globe? Panelists will engage in these questions and more as they explore consumer trends, policy obstacles and opportunities, potential for circular economies, and best practices to manage supply chains including recycling and sustainability. Join ELI and leading experts in exploring the future of fast fashion.

Jessica Bowman
, Executive Director, Plant Based Products Council (PBPC)
Kaveri Marathe, Founder & CEO, Texiles & Sustainability Consultant, The World Bank
Dana Thomas, Author, Fash-ionopolis: The Price of Fast Fash-ion and the Future of Clothes, Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, & Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster & Contributor, The New York Times Style section
Jeff Trexler, Associate Director, Fashion Law Institute and Professor, Fashion Ethics, Sustainability, and Development, Fordham Law School

Speaker materials will be posted as they are received...

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