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Eco Fashion Week produces first international event in Seattle

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Vanessa Tam Nov 01, 2016 12:21 am 241

Vancouverites have a lot to be proud of in our little city by the ocean, and being the home city of the world’s largest sustainable fashion event, Eco Fashion Week, is most definitely one of them.

Launched in Vancouver in 2010, Eco Fashion Week is currently entering its 11th season by breaking into the international market launching in Seattle today. Having successfully showcased 10 seasons featuring hundreds of local and international designers and stylists from around the globe, this year’s event is proving to be no exception.

Laudae / Image: Peter Jensen

Image: Peter Jensen

As a not-for-profit organization, Eco Fashion Week’s aim is to present the solutions and innovations that work to develop a more sustainable and responsible fashion industry. The fashion industry is the second most wasteful industry in the world, jeopardizing the health of our people, our resources, and ultimately our planet. But practices like zero-waste production, environmentally-conscious textile treatment and development, as well as shifts in overall consumption, are changing the fashion industry landscape.

Image: Peter Jensen

Image: Peter Jensen

In addition to the two nights of runway shows featuring work by 14 designers and a full day of panel discussions between industry leaders, the popular Value Village Runway Reimagined Project 8.1 will be making a return to the event.

North Americans produce 81 pounds of textile waste per year, and it’s this astounding number that inspired the 81 Pound Challenge, which asks designers to transform 81 pounds of unsold textiles into a full runway-ready collection. For this year’s edition, 10 stylists and designers will showcase runway looks from 8.1lbs of clothing and textiles from Value Village – collectively illustrating 81 pounds of textile waste.

Prophetik / Image: Peter Jensen

Prophetik / Image: Peter Jensen

Eco Fashion Week Seattle 2016

When: November 1 to 4

Where: Various locations in Seattle, Washington

Cost: Tickets range from $20-100 – buy online


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Vanessa Tam
is a writer and editor living and working in Vancouver, BC. Drake lyrics effectively communicate her pop culture relevancy as well as her excellent taste in music.

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