Over the years we have worked with more than 600 apparel businesses and entrepreneurs, participated in over 100 events, collaborated with academics and NGOs and received tens of millions of media impressions. We look forward to continuing in this way, providing support to our growing membership base and continuing to raise awareness with the public. We are excited about our annual industry conference, the World Ethical Apparel Roundtable (WEAR) which began in 2014 as well as our education program, My Clothes My World, currently delivered to students in grades 4-12, in 8 school boards across Ontario and expanding soon to Halifax and Vancouver.
It is no secret that the fashion industry is facing many challenges, including but not limited to: the use of pesticides and fertilizers to grow cotton; the highly toxic chemicals used to process and treat fabric; sweatshops and unfair labour practices; enormous amounts of water required to make clothing; the unethical disposal of contaminated water; and the fast fashion frenzy that is contributing to the growing number of textiles that end up in landfill each year.
We realize that perfection doesn’t exist. There are still so many questions and not enough answers; and there are many ways for fashion businesses to become sustainable. Our goal is to present the industry with fair and accurate information, and to build capacity within the fashion system to make smart decisions and take action where possible. If we all make one small change in the right direction – a responsible direction – then collectively we believe it can have a positive social and environmental impact. This is why we celebrate when Purpose Meets Progress.