Recently released reports by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Greenpeace demonstrate the global angst for the ecological footprint that fast fashion has managed to make in recent years, though both recommend step change that may take years.
Fast fashion is both speeding up and dumbing down, while eroding the value of the secondhand experience. Slow fashion, also known as sustainable fashion, ensures quality inputs and manufacturing to lengthen the life of the garment. Slow fashion has greater value, is designed for longevity and therefore more merchantable in the secondhand economy.
I was delighted to lead a tour to give technical textile, filtration and composite professionals a look behind the scenes of the Victorian Desalination Plant Project – the largest desalination plant in Australia and the largest reverse osmosis plant in operation globally.
Thanks to the efforts of the Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations (FAPTA), the Technical Textiles & Nonwoven Association (a client of Apical International), Deakin University and its Institute for Frontier Materials, the Silk Road is coming to Australia in November 2015!
In the current extremely challenging climate for Australian manufacturing, it was heartening to have the rare opportunity to tour the new plant of geosynthentics specialist, Geofabrics Australasia in Ormeau, Queensland.
This conference was a celebration of sustainability as an opportunity rather than an onerous obligation.