Shining a light on the dark side of fashion – Florida Flambeau

The clothes trade is the second largest polluter in the world, following oil. On account of these statistics, Florida State College’s Chapter of American Affiliation of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) is internet hosting a sustainable fashion present this fall.  

AATCC is open to all majors and focuses on the retail trade and fashion trade. One of their essential occasions is an annual fashion present.

This yr’s theme, “Model Me Sustainable,” was launched by the president, Jessica Bachansingh. She could be very keen about the atmosphere and determined to make use of her position to assist the atmosphere and lift consciousness about the disaster.

"Sustainability and moral fashion is the wave of the future for fashion,” Bachansingh stated. “Sooner or later, we could have no selection, so earlier than we get to that time let's make higher selections now."

In line with Newsweek, 14 million tons of clothes are tossed by Individuals alone yearly, which is round 80 kilos per particular person. As well as, these textiles should be despatched to incinerators and landfills which prices as much as $20.6 million yearly in New York Metropolis.  

“After watching the documentary "The True Price" and seeing the realities of the fashion trade, you develop a coronary heart for the victims,” Bachansingh stated. “The mistreated manufactures, the folks affected by chemical processes and for the planet that's so cluttered with textile waste and thrown away clothes simply because we're too lazy to donate them. We've got the energy to make a distinction simply by procuring much less and procuring smarter."

In previous reveals, AATCC pulled objects from native boutiques and styled their fashions in them. Nevertheless, this yr they are going to be designing a majority of the items from scratch. They'll nonetheless pull some objects from shops, however they hope to incorporate no less than one upcycled merchandise on every mannequin. At the occasion, they hope to showcase what the authentic garment regarded like in comparison with the merchandise the mannequin is carrying.

“It’s going to be authentic, it’s going to be one thing you haven’t seen earlier than,” Public Relations Chair Tara Lawson-Corley. “It’s going to be coming collectively from our creativeness. We get to design it from starting to finish.”

The clothes is not going to be the solely reused materials at the occasion. They're additionally discussing utilizing previous textiles and used water bottles of their décor.

Along with a inexperienced fashion present, AATCC partnered with the clothes retailer Cotton on their campus-huge denim drive this yr. Cotton recycles all the donated denim of their Blue Denims Go Inexperienced marketing campaign again to its fibrous state and switch it into UltraTouchTM Denim Insulation. It's produced from 80 % submit-client recycled denim and is used for Habitat for Humanity properties. In 10 years, over one million pairs of denim had been recycled to Cotton.

AATCC’s aim is to gather 500 pairs of denim. They take donations in the Sandels constructing and each week at their desk throughout Market Wednesday. They're additionally prepared to satisfy up with anybody who want to donate to the trigger.

Upcoming data:

  • If you're involved in modeling for the fashion present, AATCC is internet hosting a mannequin name on October 9, 11 and 12 at 5:30pm in Williams Johnston room 30. If in case you have any questions, e-mail AATCC Vice President Amanda Burch at
  • The fashion present will happen on November 7 in the Alumni Heart Ballroom. If you wish to know extra data or change into a sponsor, e-mail  AATCC President Jessica Bachansingh at




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