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An Interview with Sustainable Fashion Week’s Georgia Smith

Sustainable Fashion Week is as much about people as it is about the planet and for it to be truly sustainable, we can’t treat the environment and social responsibility as separate issues...

Take action with Sustainable Fashion Week

With Bristol's Sustainable Fashion Week (SFW) taking place across the UK this September, now is a great time to learn more about how you can dress more sustainably. Combining a series of community events with its Hub weekend, the SFW aims to bring together those who are leading the way in creating a more just and ethical fashion industry. We spoke with Georgia Smith, SFW's Communications Lead about what's going on...

 

Q1 How did you get involved with SFW?

I was looking for a way to get involved in a sustainable fashion project and I came across SFW via the Bristol Green Capital Partnership. I started volunteering for Amelia early in 2020, back when we thought the event would take place in April last year and have been working on it ever since doing a little bit of everything. Like all volunteer-run projects, it’s all-hands-on-deck with whatever needs doing at the time, but I am officially the Communications Lead.

 

Georgia Smith of Sustainable Fashion Week.

 

Q2 What does sustainable fashion mean/ look like to you? 

Sustainable fashion is as much about people as it is about the planet and for it to be truly sustainable, we can’t treat the environment and social responsibility as separate issues. There’s paying fair wages throughout the supply chain, reducing waste, fair representation of people of colour and size inclusivity, but these are just some of the contributions to a genuinely sustainable future for fashion. There’s so much that goes into “sustainable” fashion. One of the critical things is that sustainable fashion has to be accessible to everyone with options at every price bracket.

 

Q3 What is the event in September all about and who is it for? 

Sustainable Fashion Week is designed to empower, educate and excite people in Bristol and across the UK with the tools needed to move towards a fairer and more sustainable fashion system. The whole event series combines over 50 community events with a Hub weekend to bring together those who are leading the way in creating a more just and ethical fashion industry. This includes industry leaders (who are speaking at the Hub) and local contributors who are sharing their skills through workshops, talks and fashion shows across a ten-day community-led programme. The event is absolutely for everyone! Fashion is something that we all share so the event is designed to have something for anyone who is interested.

 

The SFW Themes.

 

Q4 Which speakers/ events are you most looking forward to from the programme? 

There’s so much to choose from across the Hub and community events. For the Hub programme, I’m especially excited about Sunday’s session “A Different Story” which will explore alternative models to fast-fashion. As someone who loves fashion, it’s exciting to be able to think about new ways to stay involved with fashion without the consequences of fast-fashion business models. Eshita Kabra-Davies will be there speaking about her experience with the fashion rental platform “By Rotation” which I’m really looking forward to!

There are also over 50 community-run events to choose from throughout the week. It’s amazing how many people from across the country have wanted to get involved! I am excited to make some new pants at the upcycling “Pants!” workshop and for all the clothes swaps – they are such a great way to pick up new clothes without buying anything new.

 

Q5 What's one thing that readers can do to make their clothing decisions more sustainable? 

I think buying less is the number one thing we can all do. Whether that means wearing what you already own more, swapping clothes with friends and family or renting clothes for particular one-off occasions, there are loads of ways you can reduce the volume of clothes, and the subsequent volume of waste in the fashion system. Other than that, just learning more about the fashion system and observing your own habits is a great place to start. Hopefully, Sustainable Fashion Week can help people understand what they might want to change and what’s out there to help them change.

 

Learn more and book your tickets to Sustainable Fashion Week here

 

 

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