Creating a Conscious
Fashion Future

Fashion Takes Action (FTA) is a non-profit organization established in 2007 to advance sustainability in the fashion industry through education, awareness and collaboration. We achieve this through various initiatives such as the WEAR Conference, our NEW Sustainable Fashion Toolkit, and our youth education program, through meet-ups, speaking engagements and global awareness campaigns. Collaboratively, we are helping move the needle on sustainability.

Our not-for-profit is a collective of dedicated and passionate people striving to make real change in the fashion industry.

Kelly Drennan, FTA Founder
 

Fashion Takes Action and PwC present

The Sustainable Fashion Toolkit

A free online platform which features hundreds of “vetted, credible resources from global organizations” — including reports, guidelines, standards, articles, podcasts, case studies and platforms.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Postponed until May 2021

WEAR conferencE

DUE TO COVID-19 WEAR CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 2021. HOWEVER WE ARE EXCITED TO LAUNCH A MONTHLY WEAR WEBINAR SERIES BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER, WHERE WE WILL EXPLORE HOW THE FASHION INDUSTRY CAN AND SHOULD REBUILD IN A POST PANDEMIC WORLD.

Since 2014, the annual World Ethical Apparel Roundtable has brought together the entire fashion industry to learn, network and collaborate. Our intimate platform allows for meaningful connections, deeper learning opportunities, and a clear sense of how to take action. Over 2 days global experts share …

There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.

Mahatma Gandhi

Knowledge is Power

At FTA we believe that knowledge is power. Once you’ve learned something, there’s no turning back. Since 2007 we have worked hard to educate industry stakeholders, as well as consumers about the social and environmental impacts of fashion.

  • We buy 60% more clothing today than we did 20 years ago
  • Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned
  • Textile mills generate one-fifth of the world’s industrial water pollution
  • Sweatshops, forced and child labour still exists
  • Synthetic clothes shed trillions of microfibers into our rivers, lakes and oceans

There is no planet B.
We have to take care of the one we have.

Richard Branson

Fashion Leaders are Climate Leaders

Since 2013, we have delivered our school program to more than 13,000 students aged 8-17. We believe Fashion Leaders are Climate Leaders and that through a fun topic like fashion, students learn about the broader topic of climate change. Our workshops empower the next generation of consumers to make more responsible purchasing decisions when it comes to their clothes.

Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.

Stella McCartney

Taking Action through Collaboration

We believe in the power of real collaboration to address systems change. Our work convening the Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative (OTDC) is one example of how we bring together multiple stakeholders, with unique perspectives, to create a common objective. Only when you bring together the private and public sectors for meaningful dialogue and action can you truly achieve a systems-wide change.

Impact

Since 2007 we have made great progress

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Number of industry stakeholders we have worked with

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The amount of textile waste diverted through our clothing swaps

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Number of students reached with My Clothes, My World

The 7Rs of Fashion

There are many ways to reduce your fashion footprint, beyond the 3R’s of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.