Sustainability Seminar Series - Fashion

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Join us and two guest speakers for a discussion around sustainable fashion.

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Sustainability Seminar Series: Fashion

Fixing Fashion: Addressing the environmental impacts of fashion

Join us to talk fashion for our second sustainability seminar of the 2019/20 academic year. The seminar will be chaired by Amanda Bamford (Lead for Environmental Sustainability & Professor of Plant Sciences, University of Manchester) and will have two presentations followed by a Q&A session.

Dr. Patsy Perry (Senior Lecturer in Fashion Marketing, UoM)

Patsy's expertise includes the environmental and social impacts of fashion and her work has been published in academic journals and books, as well as in the media. She has appeared on radio and TV including BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Newsbeat, and featured in The Telegraph, The Independent and The Observer amongst others.

Fashion is one of the world’s most polluting industrial sectors and its processes have high environmental impacts on water, soil and air. The value chain is long and complex, characterised by vertical disintegration and global dispersion of successive processes, spanning numerous industries from agriculture and petrochemicals to logistics and retail. This presentation identifies the critical points in the value chain, from production to consumption, and their environmental impacts. It also explains how the business logic behind the industry, especially the fast fashion business model, leads to greater environmental problems. Finally, it proposes strategies to instigate the necessary shift towards sustainability.

Dr. Xuqing Liu (Research Fellow - Department of Materials, UoM)

Xuqing's expertise includes the development of functional fashion and the sustainable development in the textile industry around waste textiles, garments regeneration and natural dyes.

Bring an increasing number of cheaper clothing on the most recent trends to our wardrobe, along with pesticides, dyes, plastic particles and tremendous textile wastes from pre- and post-consumer processes to the global environment. Fast fashion industry has become the second largest polluter in the world, requiring measures for impact reduction. Here we introduce a “green” process for fashion wastes regeneration in the materials and molecular levels by green chemistry. This approach presents a promising method for the rebirth of fashion waste, like the phoenix, and will contribute to the reduction of the environmental impact.

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