Creating a Conscious
Fashion Takes Action (FTA) is a non-profit organization established in 2007 to advance sustainability in the fashion industry through education, awareness, research and collaboration. We achieve this through various initiatives such as the WEAR Conference, our Sustainable Fashion Toolkit, our youth education program, through various research projects related to circularity in fashion, as well as meet-ups, speaking engagements and global awareness campaigns. Collaboratively, we are helping move the needle on sustainability.
Postponed until May 2021
OUR ANNUAL WEAR CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE NOW OFFER A FREE MONTHLY WEAR WEBINAR SERIES HOSTING A FEW SESSIONS RELATED TO A SPECIFIC THEME.
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 …
Fashion Leaders are Climate Leaders
Since 2014, we have delivered our school program to more than 22,000 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. Due to COVID-19 we are now in the process of digitizing our resources and also offering live virtual workshops.
Our workshops empower the next generation of consumers to make more responsible purchasing decisions when it comes to their clothes.
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.
Taking Action through Collaboration
We believe in the power of real collaboration to address systems change. Our previous work convening the Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative (OTDC) is one example of how we bring together multiple stakeholders, with unique perspectives, in a collective impact framework. Only when you bring together the private and public sectors, and civil society, for meaningful dialogue and action, can you truly achieve a systems-wide change.
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
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
The 7Rs of Fashion
There are many ways to reduce your fashion footprint, beyond the 3R’s of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.