Sustainable Fashion: What's Next? A Conversation about Issues, Practices and Possibilities 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Janet Hethorn is Professor of Art and Design and Dean, College of Communication and Fine Arts, Central Michigan University, US.
Connie Ulasewicz is Professor at San Francisco State University, US.
William McDonough is founder of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.
Linda Welters, University of Rhode Island, US
Suzanne Loker, Cornell University, US
Domenica Peterson, Co-Founder, Global Action Through Fashion, US
Susan B. Kaiser, University of California, Davis, US
Paul Gill, Garment Industry Executive, US
Timo Rissanen, Parsons The New School for Design, US
Jana Hawley, University of Arizona, US
Van Dyk Manasseh Lewis, Cornell University, US
Annie McCourt, Textile & Apparel Associate, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, US
Lewis Perkins, Senior VP, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovations Institute, US
Gail Baugh, San Francisco State University, US
Shona Barton Quinn, Sustainability Leader, Eileen Fisher, US
Lucy Dunne, University of Minnesota, US
Helene Day-Fraser, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, CAN
Kerli Kant Hvass, Copenhagen Business School, EU
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1628925319
- ISBN-10 : 1628925310
- Product Dimensions : 5.99 x 1.06 x 9.1 inches
- Publisher : Fairchild Books; 2nd Edition (July 30, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #780,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As I read the book, I felt like I was on a tour of the past, present and future of the clothing industry, and while on the journey, constantly reminded of the role individuals, as well as designers and manufacturers play in addressing the issues and reshaping the future.
This is an important and timely book.
This is a very important book, and a
The book is a series of essays by people in the clothing industry and academia. The main concept is sustainability - can clothing be made, worn and disposed of in ways that will not harm the planet? It tackles the subjects of organic agricultural production, humane conditions for clothing producers, the role of fashion, and recycling.
There were 2 chapters I found particularly interesting. One, "Designing For the Circular Economy: Cradle to Cradle Design," written by 2 people in industry, discussed the concept of incorporating sustainability into all the physical things we make. It was encouraging in that they seemed to have had some success. The second was written by a Cornell University professor. Although I did not understand everything he was saying, he presented very interesting ideas, such as: are sustainability and technology fundamentally incompatible? The history of mankind is one of change and "improvement" of the world-do we have it in us to be sustainable? Is it even possible technically? Have we already gone beyond the point of no return in saving the planet? What are the reasons the sustainability movement has not already become more prevalent? What is the relationship of the human body to clothing?
There were 2 major omissions I felt while reading the book. First of all, I am dimly aware of the concept of incorporating the cost of sustainability into the cost of manufactured items such as clothing, and I was surprised there was no discussion of this. Is sustainability to occur solely through the attitude of social responsibility of consumers and producers? Secondly, the book helped me understand that clothing producers and consumers exist in a global community, whereas governments exist in local communities and therefore may be less able to dictate sustainability because, unless all countries agree on the same policies, a particular country which engaged in a particular sustainable practice might be at a short term disadvantage. I would have liked to hear more thought concerning this.
The book did give the reader as an individual consumer both a philosophical grounding in, and practical ways, to contribute to sustainability.
Reading all the technical aspects of the clothing industry gives the reader a sense of the daunting challenges faced by humanity in achieving sustainability in all the aspects of our physical lives. However, I was excited by this book. It has hope and heart.