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Eco Fashion Week returns to Vancouver for their 12th edition

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Vanessa Tam Mar 23, 2017 6:14 am 284

With the worlds consumption of fast fashion currently standing at an all time high, it’s becoming more and more important for people to recognize how their shopping habits are impacting the planet.

This is exactly why events like Eco Fashion Week are so important and why the non-profit organization was initially founded back in 2010.

Celebrating it’s 12th edition in Vancouver this year, Eco Fashion Week continues to celebrate innovations in sustainable fashion and to lead discussions in finding solutions for a healthier industry with modern fashion presentations, educational panels, and showroom exhibits.

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Changing up their style this year, Eco Fashion Week is choosing to showcase participating brands Anian, Peggy Sue, Bianca Bellantoni, KROMAGNON, and Sanskar in a modern presentation style format instead of the traditional runway show to allow for a more intimate interaction with the garments.

In collaboration with Lasalle College Vancouver, Eco Fashion Week will also be hosting the Chic Sheets challenge where students from the college will be given a set of Fairmont Waterfront bed linens to transform using only Tintex dyes and their creative textile skills. Celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, the theme of Chic Sheets EFW 12 is “What does Canada mean to you?.”

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Following the debut at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week earlier this month, the highly anticipated 81 lb challenge presented by Value Village and designed by Project Runway Canada winner, Evan Biddell, will also be transported to Vancouver for Eco Fashion Week 12. Hosted by the Museum of Vancouver, this 81 lb challenge will be exhibited starting April 2 and will remain on exhibit for the following two weeks.

“The average North American discards 81lbs of textiles per year, ranking fashion as the second-most-polluting industry next only to oil,” shared Myriam Laroche, founder and president of Eco Fashion Week.

“From runway shows, to industry panels, Eco Fashion Week – along with like minded partners like Value Village – addresses the ethics of the fashion industry while proposing tangible steps towards closing the loop.”

Image: Jonathan Hooper

Eco Fashion Week Edition 12

Where: Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver

When: Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2, various times

Tickets: On Picatic, $25-$40


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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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