Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion

Our edited book Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion is now out. The book showcases the global fashion industry’s efforts to reduce the negative impacts associated with fashion production and consumption. Eighteen essays focus on six regions, examining sustainable fashion in the context of local, cultural and environmental concerns. Alongside are 18 regional ‘Spotlight’ sections highlighting […]

Visualising the life cycle

This set of images visualises the garment life cycle and captures the range of environmental and social issues at each life cycle phase. Below – basic linear garment life cycle through phases of production, use and disposal. Environmental issues throughout the garment life cycle Below, social issues in the garment life cycle. Below, the social […]

Sustainable shopping: where to find a puffer jacket that doesn’t warm the Earth

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. A good winter coat is an investment, and puffer jackets are a timeless classic that speak to the mountaineering, outdoor lifestyle of Patagonia and Kathmandu, whose names alone evoke wintry wildernesses and wild geese in flight. If you’re looking to replace your old […]

Sustainable shopping: for eco-friendly jeans, stop washing them so often

There is a pair of jeans for every occasion. Krisana Antharith/Shutterstock Alice Payne, Queensland University of Technology and Susannah Kate Devitt, Queensland University of Technology Shopping can be confusing at the best of times, and trying to find environmentally friendly options makes it even more difficult. Welcome to our Sustainable Shopping series, in which we […]

Will we soon be growing our own vegan leather at home?

A floral wreath made from vegan leather designed by Sofia Moreno-Marcos and York Hon John Liang in 2014. QUT media Alice Payne, Queensland University of Technology; Dean Brough, Queensland University of Technology, and Peter Musk, State Library of Queensland Conventional leather is one of fashion’s most ubiquitous materials – but it is fraught with ethical […]

Whaling and paradigm shifts

This week Australia had a success in the courts fighting Japanese scientific whaling. What many people may not realise is how recent our own whaling history is. Between 1952 and 1962, Tangalooma in Moreton Bay, Queensland was the biggest whaling station in the southern hemisphere (1). In total, Australian workers killed 12,500 humpback whales in […]

Fast fashion in geological time

Much of what we call fast fashion took eons to reach us.  Let’s say you buy a new frock. It’s made from polyester, a plastic derived from petroleum. That petroleum is a hydrocarbon, formed from minerals and marine animals, chemically-transformed over millions of years. (1) Most petroleum deposits are found in rocks from the Mesozoic […]

Counting the cost of fast fashion

This article was first published on The Conversation, 17 February 2012. There’s a polyester mullet skirt gracing a derrière near you. It’s short at the front, long at the back, and it’s also known as the hi-lo skirt. Like fads that preceded it, the mullet skirt has a short fashion life, and although it will […]

Fashioning the Future Awards

I am proud to announce that I am one of the winners in the 2011 Fashioning the Future Awards, a fashion and sustainability design competition founded by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion. Here is my winning entry: ThinkLifecycle, a content management system for fashion companies to integrate lifecycle strategies within their […]