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Water & Fashion | Making an Impact on SDG 6

This article is the second in a series delving into the links between the Sustainable Development Goals and Australia’s textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry. In this article we explore the role the TCF industry can play in achieving SDG 6 clean water and sanitation for all.

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Meet | Fashion for Good

We catch up with Fashion for Good’s Managing Director Katrin Ley following AFC’s visit to the global initiative’s hub in Amsterdam earlier this June. Hear about their Innovation Platform with accelerating and scaling programmes, The Good Shop and the Fashion for Good Experience; the world’s first interactive Museum for sustainable fashion innovation...

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Fashion for Good COLOUR Outside The Lines.

In June this year, Amsterdam’s Fashion for Good launched a new theme in their Good Shop: COLOUR, exploring the alternative methods to colouring textiles and footwear. The Good Shop is the concept store within the Experience – the world’s first interactive museum for sustainable fashion and innovation.

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MEET | Spell & The Gypsy Collective

Meet Elizabeth Abegg, Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer of the Byron Bay label. One half of the creative minds behind Spell & The Gypsy Collective. The story began when two sisters joined each other in the idyllic beachside town of Byron Bay, Australia, Spell is inspired by Far-Off places, vintage treasures and childhood memories. Find out how one customer email started a sustainability journey and established a commitment to embedding sustainability into the brand.

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Delving Into the Links Between the Sustainable Development Goals and the Fashion Industry in Australia

This article is the first in a series describing the links between the Sustainable Development Goals and Australia’s textile, clothing and footwear industry. In this article we explore how the SDGs provide an opportunity for the fashion industry to work with other stakeholders to progress the achievement of the SDGs.

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MEET | The Very Good Bra

Meet Stephanie Devine, Founder of The Very Good Bra - a brand with a mission to create “beautiful everyday bras that are comfortable and fit well but that can be disposed of safely at end of life”.

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David Jones Publish Interactive Factory List

In line with this year’s Fashion Revolution week, AFC Members David Jones have set the bar high for department stores both local and global. With a campaign sharing the stories of some amazing local Australian labels, the team at David Jones took transparency one step further, publishing an interactive map releasing the locations and details of their Tier One factory list, the suppliers worldwide responsible for the manufacturing of David Jones products.

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ELK Launch Their Transparency Report

In line with Fashion Revolution Week this year AFC Members ELK have released a 124 page, in-depth report providing complete business transparency, from internal operations, to exploring all fabrications and materials used, to listing their tier one suppliers. Co-founders Marnie & Adam seek to share their journey and by doing so open up the conversation with their customers, business partners and team. The Transparency Report proposes goals, celebrates achievements in their ethical and environmental mission and highlights to all, the areas where their business and the industry, needs to improve.

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Stitching a Future | Sustainable Livelihoods for Women in India

Zenena Women is a social enterprise in Lucknow India, set up for a group of talented women who make ethical hand-made textile products & exquisite embroidery. Australian designers Carlie Ballard, Pure Pod, Awear, and One Another Design have come together with a crowd funding project to help ensure a safe workplace and fair and secure income…

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What will our LEGACY be?

Last Month, AFC were thrilled to be a presenting partner, alongside Fashion Revolution and content partners Intent Journal for LEGACY Responsible Fashion Summit. LEGACY was a monumental 2 days for our Industry, which saw a community of local and international individuals and businesses come together to deep dive into the big and ugly issues our sector is facing, with an emphasis on action and real solutions. Organised by Melinda Tually from Ndless The New Normal and her amazing team, we can’t thank them enough for making this happen and look forward to what is to come next year…

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MEET | Nelson Made

Nelson Made was a reaction to the overproduction and mass consumption that is rife in the fashion industry, born from a desire to create handmade footwear locally, and build a business that is kinder to the environment. We catch up with Jamie Nelson, founder and Creative Director of the Melbourne based label.

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Designing Zero Waste.

There is a mounting business case for sustainable design and with the current fashion system in crisis, designers who can innovate in this space are more valuable than ever. Local designer and Box Hill Graduate Tess Whitfort is leading the way, catching the attention of the international industry with her zero waste design techniques. Since winning the international Redress award, the designer has released a capsule collection with The R Collective, which has been picked up by none other than Asia’s leading luxury department store Lane Crawford…

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Calling Social Entrepreneurs to Take on the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge

Year two applications for the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge are now open! The global program aims to support entrepreneurial start-up and scale-up stage businesses developing solutions that promote inclusive and positive change in fashion…

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This Could be a Game Changer...

We’ve all heard the stats and reports on the devastating impact our industry’s textile waste is having on the environment. Hand in hand goes the issue of recycling and the complexities of bringing textiles into this system when the majority are fibre blends. Many are looking for circular solutions here, and finally we may be moving closer to finding some answers. We catch up with Adrian Jones, Co-Founder at BlockTexx, a local team leading the way in textile recycling.

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Get Ready for RawAssembly!

As a new and innovative sourcing event, RawAssembly™ aims to shape a new sourcing culture by providing sustainable textile solutions, showcasing innovative textile products and shaping the ethical and creative values of its visitors. As we get closer to the inaugural event, we wanted to give you a sneak peak of what you’ll be able to see, who you will be able to talk with and how we feel RawAssembly™ will inspire you to ‘Source Differently’!

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Meet | Artisans of Fashion

The richness and diversity of textile traditions provide sustainable solutions for the fashion industry layered with cultural heritage, authenticity and stories of positive social and environmental impact. Founder & CEO of Artisans of Fashion (AOF), Caroline Poiner is on a mission to find a way to engage with industry and develop new technologies, strategies and processes to create ethical pathways for designers to access these incredible cultural traditions as a key factor in the design process…

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Meet | SELJAK BRAND

We caught up with Karina Seljak, Co-Founder and Director of the Tasmanian based SELJAK BRAND, to talk about their closed loop design approach, and vision for a world without waste…

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Australian Circular Fashion Conference 2019

Following the success of Australia’s first inaugural, annual Circular Fashion Conference in 2018 – the 2019 Australian Circular Fashion Conference is a call to action to industry on implementing fashion sustainability within 5-10 years. With global experts excited to share their knowledge of how the apparel sector is tackling sustainability, the ACFC’s primary aim is to ignite the fashion sectors environmental awareness and stewardship…

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