Creating a Conscious
Oct 7-8, Toronto
Purpose meets Progress
Since 2014, the 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 best practices, challenges and successes through a highly engaging format.
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
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.
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.
Since 2007 we have made great progress
Number of industry stakeholders we have worked with
The amount of textile waste diverted through our clothing swaps
Number of students reached with My Clothes, My World