The fashion industry has a devastating environmental and social impact on our planet. Pollution, unethical labour practices, deforestation, hydrocide, climate change, and ever-increasing waste generation has been intensified by the phenomenon of fast fashion. While it is crucial that fashion producers transform their business models given the industry’s strong growth trajectory, we, the consumers, hold immense power in our ability to vote with our pounds and demand ethical, just and environmentally-friendly clothing. The apparel sector has a pivotal role to play in the transition to a low-carbon economy and we must start challenging the status quo of unsustainable fashion and take meaningful steps towards a sustainable and ethical system.
About the Speaker:
Dianjen Lin is a designer with 6 years of professional experience across costume/fashion design, photography, art and silver metalwork. Born and raised in the Taiwanese countryside, she has an innate awareness of the symbiosis between humanity and nature. She is particularly interested in science, technology and ecological ethics. Dianjen is currently studying MA Fashion Futures at London College of Fashion, UAL.
Her project “Regenerative Sustainability Activism” aims to make sustainability as easy and accessible as putting on an item of clothing. Dianjen has begun researching the development of Post-Carbon material, i.e. materials that absorb CO2. While her research is still in the preliminary phases, she has merged algae cultures with fibres and her initial results have been promising: one Post-Carbon T-shirt can produce 4% more oxygen than generated by a tree.