Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world. It’s responsible for 20% of the planet’s water pollution, and every second, it creates enough textile waste to fill a garbage truck. What’s more, its production processes create around 10 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, and take up valuable land that could otherwise produce food or remain forested. Our appetite for disposable outfits is putting our ecosystems – and our species – at serious risk.

The “Changing Fashions, Changing Climates” forum will discuss the fashion industry’s footprint and consider its options for a more sustainable future. It will showcase initiatives that are placing sustainability at the top of their agenda, and consider options for scaling these up. Let’s take a closer look at what we’re wearing, where it comes from, and how we can help steer this gargantuan industry onto a less wasteful and more regenerative path.


  • Brief introduction to the event by moderator (Fe Cortez) (5 min)
  • Short (5-7 minutes) introduction by each panelist (25 min)
  • Questions from Fe Cortez for the invited guests (45 min)
  • Questions from audience and online participants (25 min)
  • Discussion and wrap-up (20 min)

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