The sustainability conference highlighted innovative business models, solutions to industry problems, and fashion professionals implementing practices to improve sustainable outcomes. Panels throughout the week covered circularity, socially responsible brands, advanced materials, empowerment of garment workers, upcycling, and responsible manufacturing.
Students, faculty, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs from FIT and numerous other institutions came together online to learn about emerging trends and share innovative solutions for a sustainable future, with videos of the sessions posted to and available on the FIT website. One notable research project, led by FIT faculty members Asta Skocir and Theanne Schiros in collaboration with Stony Brook University, has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Environmental Sustainability program. “Waste to Resource: Green Chemistry Degradation of Cotton Waste for Circular Economy Textiles” is a project to develop a nontoxic chemical process that breaks down muslin into raw cellulose, which can be spun into a new fiber.