Clothing production has doubled worldwide over the last 15 years and has today a huge negative environmental and social footprint. The global fashion industry is not only the third most polluting industry, responsible for 8-10 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, but it’s also notorious for low wages and poor working conditions.
Without a significant shift in how we produce and consume clothing, the planet and people will continue to pay the price for our love for fast fashion. What can we do to achieve a more Earth-friendly clothing industry? In this episode, we hear from forward thinkers working to find sustainable fashion solutions and advocating for more action.
This episode comes from a Nordic Talks event arranged by the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto as part of the Canadian Circular Fashion Festival.
“The fashion industry today is characterized by massive overproduction and overconsumption – this must change.”
- Kirsti Reitan Andersen, cofounder of Honest Fashion.
This podcast episode features the following speakers
Maria Collings (Sweden)
Sustainability expert Maria Collings is the cofounder of The Tardigrades, a Swedish sustainability and innovation agency that supports organizations in the green transition. Her focus is on sustainable consumption and fashion, and the textile industry. For several years she also managed Sweden's largest vintage fair. Educated at Malmö University, Maria previously worked as a strategic communicator for the Forum for Social Innovation Sweden and directed The Institute for Sustainable Urban Development.
Kirsti Reitan Andersen (Denmark)
Kirsti Reitan Andersen is a postdoc at Copenhagen Business School and cofounder of Honest Fashion, a platform offering educational resources for the textile and fashion sectors. Her research focuses on guiding organizational practices toward sustainability, particularly within the fashion industry, and exploring the benefits of local production for creating sustainable value chains. She has also developed online courses on sustainable fashion and business models for Sustainability for the Coursera platform.
Stephanie Crowchild (Canada)
Stephanie Crowchild is an Indigenous fashion designer from Tsuu T’ina in Treaty 7 Territory near Calgary, Canada, and the founder of Stephanie Eagletail Designs. Her label specializes in custom-made blanket coats rooted in Indigenous tradition, and blends her Dine and Cree heritage into her designs, celebrating her culture and resisting colonialism. She also cofounded The Eagletail House Society, a healing space for Indigenous individuals.