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 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

Oct 7-8, Toronto

WEAR 2019

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.

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.


Since 2007 we have made great progress

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Number of industry stakeholders we have worked with

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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.

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