Read about the people, ideas and impact that create the Fabric of Change community
By Alden Wicker
One tragic victim of colonialism in India was the hemp crop, but as attitudes toward marijuana soften around the world, it’s poised for a comeback.
Ashoka and C&A Foundation convene the world’s leading apparel industry innovators to address urgent social and environmental issues facing the industry - a community, convened and supported under the ‘Fabric of Change’ Initiative.
By Alden Wicker
Many consumers are unaware that a large chunk of their wardrobe is essentially plastic. More than 60% of the global fiber market is polyester, a carbon-intensive petroleum product which has been refined to the point of doing almost anything we ask of it. It can look like silk, cotton, or soft faux fur, or can be combined with natural materials to improve their performance and lower cost.
Between 26-28 May 2017, Ashoka, C&A Foundation and partner A.T. Kearney will convene hand-picked social entrepreneurs with industry leaders to co-create and accelerate systems-wide impact across the apparel industry.
A growing chorus of social innovators, designers and leading industry retailers is calling for a drastically different approach to the way our clothes are made and sold. Are we finally closing fashion’s elusive loop?
The hands that make our clothes overwhelmingly belong to women. More and more companies and social entrepreneurs understand that lifting up and empowering these women is necessary to building a more equitable industry.