Wardrobe Change: Reimagining Fashion is a four-part series focusing on the impact of waste created by the fashion industry. Set in the context of the current lockdown, where people can reassess how eco-friendly their lifestyle is, it encourages us to rethink how we make, wear and re-wear our clothes for a more sustainable future for both people and planet. 

In the last fifteen years, the production of clothes has doubled, while the number of times a garment is worn has decreased by 36%. More than 73% of the produced clothes end up landfilled or incinerated, having a catastrophic impact on people and the planet. 

The current pandemic has forced the industry to come to a halt: with shops closed, orders cancelled and factories shut; now is the time to reimagine the fashion industry. 

Supported by the Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, this series invites experts and passionate people to join in this important conversation. The Conscious Fashion Campaign champions fashion as an influential sector to address the world’s most pressing issues and to drive the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

“We are delighted to be part of this new podcast.” Fiona O’Malley, Director of Communications and Fundraising for World Vision Ireland, said. “The fast fashion industry emits 1.2 billion tons of CO2 equivalent per year. We have seen a huge global growth in mass production, mass disposal of clothes, with more than 150 billion garments now produced annually. This puts huge environmental pressure on our planet. The podcast will explore issues like how to buy more sustainably; why supporting charity shops and second-hand stores is the way forward; what sustainable textiles to look out for if you’re buying something new like cotton, linen, and wool; how to love your wardrobe and make your clothes last, and how the future of fashion could look like post-Covid19.”

Together with 25 partners across 15 countries, World Vision Ireland and the Irish Environmental Network are part of Make Europe Sustainable for All, a three year EU-funded project that aims to raise awareness and promote action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s campaign #WardrobeChange calls for radical transformation of the textile industry.

Kerry Bannigan, founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign said: “The Conscious Fashion Campaign is proud to support Make Ireland Sustainable For All as we look to showcase what solutions can and are being adopted to mitigate the impact of Covid-19. ‘Wardrobe Change: Reimagining Fashion’ aligns with our mission for industry stakeholders to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, incorporate circular production solutions, highlight key innovations and facilitate knowledge sharing. As a sector we need to creatively collaborate more than ever before and commit to how we are going to build back better together.”

For more information see www.sdgsforall.ie/wardrobe-change and keep an eye out on our social media channels @worldvisionire and IEN’s channels: Twitter @IrishEnvNet and Facebook: @ien.fans.

About the Conscious Fashion Campaign: 

The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, seeks to inspire worldwide prominent fashion industry tradeshows, fashion weeks, conferences and speaker series to implement responsible marketing, operations and logistics that are mindful of social, economic and environmental impact. To achieve the 2030 agenda the Conscious Fashion Campaign, founded by Kerry Bannigan, urges industry event leaders to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, incorporate circular production solutions, highlight key innovations and facilitate knowledge share. The Conscious Fashion Campaign commits to actively support the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development by bridging the gap between the United Nations and global major fashion events to enable the Sustainable Development Goals to scale and create multi-stakeholder partnerships with concrete strategies for action. www.consciousfashioncampaign.com 

About the United Nations Office for Partnerships:

The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a global gateway for catalyzing and building multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNOP provides a platform for effective partner engagement and works to leverage the assets and expertise of a broad range of partners in furtherance of the SDGs. As a member of the UN Fashion Alliance and the advisor to the Conscious Fashion Campaign, UNOP facilitates awareness, advocacy and engagement to achieve the SDGs within the fashion and textile industry. https://www.un.org/partnerships/