Sustainable Showcase Project: Student Pathway to Understanding Sustainability in the Apparel and Home Furnishings Industries

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2013-01-01
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Magie, Anna
Young, Deborah
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As consumers increasingly look to textile and apparel industry firms to be more sensitive and reactive to significant social issues, it is necessary for university fashion majors to understand the key issues and philosophies related to sustainability that directly affect the fashion industry and its customers. Sustainability is a resource consumption concept that focuses on utilizing renewable resources in order to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources so as not to cause harm to people or the planet. Thus, an important aspect of people and companies transitioning to sustainability is to focus on the idea of recycling, or reusing resources. Because recycling is an activity that can be performed by everyone and any act of recycling supports the concept of sustainability, no matter how inconsequential it seems, a course project focused on recycling is valid.

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