Future Focus Lab: Sustainable Clothing Symposium
Future Focus Lab offers networking & collaborative working towards a sustainable fashion industry
The deleterious environmental consequences of fashion are increasingly in the spot-light. Many societal actors, from Stacey Dooley to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee are now attempting to tackle the problems head-on, particularly in relation to clothing production.
The Future Focus Lab on the Sustainable Clothing Journey Symposium took place last month and focused on the consumer’s role in the fashion/environment conundrum. It is driven by an enquiry to ascertain whether learning skills in making, mending and up-cycling fabric and garments could help encourage participants to think, feel and act in more sustainably in relation to their clothing.
Harry Deacon, from Cultivate Cornwall CIC attended this Lab and said:
“I’ve come here today to find out how consumer behaviour [in the fashion industry] can be changed to allow movement towards a more sustainable future. I’m also using this event for networking, in order to link up with other businesses so that we can have a combined effort to reduce impact on the environment”
Reflecting on his involvement with the Future Focus and Breakthrough programmes, Harry continues:
“I went to the recent Future Focus Wear it Well event which was brilliant for networking. I’d really recommend taking part in the Future Focus programme to build contacts or gain extra knowledge in specific areas.”
As a result of attending the Future Focus event, Harry has now collaborated with another business to reduce all of their textile waste.