september, 2018

12sep6:00 pm9:30 pmFrom Field to Fashion: Apparel’s Impact on Climate Change6:00 pm - 9:30 pm California College of the Arts Event Organized By: Sustainable Fashion Alliance Event Type:Art and CultureAudience:Open to the Public


Event Details

From raw materials to consumer behavior, fashion has a huge carbon footprint, contributing up to 10% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Most consumers aren’t aware that popular fabrics—like rayon, viscose, and modal—are all made from trees. Every year, more than 120 million trees are cut down to make our clothing. Rayon might seem like a better alternative to petroleum-based synthetic fabrics, but it’s often made from trees in old-growth forests which hold and absorb billions of tons of CO2. Conventional cotton, which supplies about 70% of the fashion industry’s textiles, uses 16% of the world’s insecticides and suppresses soil carbon sequestration. After the raw materials are processed into yarn, dyed, and made into apparel, 40% - 80% of a garment’s carbon impact is created through laundering.

Learn from organic farmers, forest conservationists and LCA specialists on a path toward a lighter carbon footprint for the fashion industry.

This event’s carbon impact will be offset courtesy of Wildlife Works, a world’s leader in REDD+.


Nicole Rycroft, Founder and Executive Director of Canopy

​Rebecca Burgess, Founder of Fibershed

​Derek Sabori, Sustainability Consultant and previously VP of Global Sustainability at Volcom


(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


California College of the Arts

1111 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107