Our environment is taking a hit from the growing consumption of goods and its effects, especially the excess waste it produces. This is particularly true when we talk about fast fashion. In order to impact our shared future, we have to find new ways to make the field of fashion more sustainable. This will have a direct impact on the lives of millions of women around the world.
We need to act now.
We at the Kota Alliance want to contribute to the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; tipping the scales and bringing more visibility to the sustainable, environmentally conscious, and ethical actors in the field of fashion.
In 2016, the Kota Alliance held a sustainable style fashion show together with Steven Cutting (FIT) and Mari Malek (StandForEducation). Kota being an organization with a focus on global issues, we wanted to showcase designers from around the world: Gudrun Sjöden (Sweden); Lovia (Finland), Raif (Togo), Kristiina Salminen of Bela NYC (New York); Cesar Galindo (New York); Junghee Kim (South Korea). A global audience of press, retailers, stylists, influencers, and customers attended the show.
More pictures of the fashion show.
In July 2018, the Kota Alliance organized a HLPF 2018 side event Sustainable Fashion and SDG’s: Different Context, Same Mission. The panelists presented how a transformation in the fashion and textile industry can contribute to a shift towards a more sustainable and resilient society Discussion table was joined by actors from private to public sector, all supporting and giving visibility to leading sustainability innovations creatively tackling social and environmental issues via textile industry to inspire how different industries in collaboration with civil society, business and governmental level can transform as a force for good. You can learn more about the event here.
In February 2019, the Kota Alliance co-hosted a panel discussion Increasing Transparency in the Fashion Industry to Promote Inclusive Growth with Hecho por Nosotros and Animana as part of the 57th UN Commission for Social Development. The discussion addressed the most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges in the textile industry. A panel of experts in the field of sustainable fashion discussed its current problems as well as potential solutions, including impact investing, sustainability and human rights initiatives, trade policies, technological interventions, and inclusive business practices.
You can read more about the discussion here.