About Us

Our Work

It’s been 15 years since Fashion Takes Action set out on its mission to advance sustainability throughout the entire fashion system! See what we’ve achieved in that time!

2007

FTA launches!

Fashion Takes Action was established by Kelly Drennan in 2007 out of a desire to make the planet more sustainable for her 2 daughters.

2007

2007 & 2008

Green Gala

FTA began with these iconic events that featured 10 Canadian fashion designers, each making 3 looks from sustainable fabrics.

2007 & 2008

2009

Membership Platform

In 2009, we launched a membership platform to provide support to emerging and established fashion designers across Canada.

2009

2010, 2016 - 2018

Design Forward Award

In 2010 we launched Design Forward to celebrate and recognize the growing sustainable fashion design community in Canada.

2010, 2016 - 2018

2011 - 2014

Connect Beauty

For 4 years, FTA partnered with WHEN (Women’s Healthy Environments Network) to produce a non toxic fashion & beauty event to raise awareness.

2011 - 2014

2012

Toronto Fashion Week Swap

Our first big clothing swap under the tent at Toronto Fashion Week!

2012

2012-2015

FTA Style & Showroom

In 2012 FTA ran a showroom in the Distillery District featuring sustainable fashion designers.

2012-2015

2014

FTA Expo

Featuring over 25 sustainable fashion vendors held at Evergreen Brick Works

2014

2014 - Present

My Clothes My World

Our youth education program that has reached over 30,000 students in grades 4-12 & teaches them about the social & environmental impacts of the global fashion industry, and empowers them to build a more resilient and sustainable future.

2014 - Present

2014 - PRESENT

WEAR

Since 2014, our annual World Ethical Apparel Roundtable (WEAR) conference has united designers, brand owners, NGOs retailers, academics, policy makers, manufacturers and innovators — through Canada’s premier forum for inspiring action toward sustainability.

2014 - PRESENT

2017 - 2020

Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative

In 2016, FTA set out to making fashion circular in Canada. We first introduced this topic at our annual WEAR conference where we had multiple stakeholders together in the same room in a lab format to discuss the topic of textile waste diversion.

2017 - 2020

2019

Sustainable Fashion Toolkit

The Toolkit features reports, guidelines, standards, articles, podcasts, case studies etc – all easily searchable by category.

2019

2020 - 2021

WEAR Webinar Series

In 2020, we pivoted along with the rest of the world, to launch a monthly WEAR webinar series. In 18 months we produced 40+ webinars, on 12 different topics, featuring 100+ speakers & thousands of global attendees.

2020 - 2021

2020 - 2021

Canada’s Textile Recycling Report

In 2020, with financial support from Environment & Climate Change Canada, we conducted Canada’s first textile recycling feasibility study.

2020 - 2021

2021 - 2022

Responsible Fashion Series

In 2021 we partnered with INLAND to produce SHIFT – a business development program that brings micro & small fashion businesses together with leading experts to empower, and future-proof their business – all through the lens of sustainability.

2021 - 2022

2021 - 2023

Mechanical Textile Recycling Pilot

Building off our textile recycling report, our pilot set out to prove that we could make a consumer facing product via mechanical textile recycling – fully made in Canada.

2021 - 2023

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