SOLAR PRODUCTION117.9MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
EQUIVALENT TO 91.4 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
EQUIVALENT TO $12,620 DOLLARS SAVED
EQUIVALENT TO 198,140 MILES NOT DRIVEN
This past September, our New York Go Green Employee Resource Group (ERG) had the opportunity to tour The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. This Pratt Institute incubator houses emerging sustainable fashion designers and gives them the tools to grow their business.
The accelerator currently houses about 15 designers and includes a production room with state-of-the-art items, a 3D printer that uses yarn, and a sustainable sewing machine, both creating zero waste. Each designer has their own operating space, but there’s also a library full of sustainable design materials the designers can pull from.
The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator makes a point to educate the public about their sustainable fashion – holding tours, monthly events, and connecting with powerhouses in the fashion industry. In fact, clothing line Nineteenth Amendment, available on macys.com, operates in the same space as this accelerator.
The fashion industry has a major impact on environmental, social, and economic issues, so sustainable apparel design has many aspects to consider – from the resources being used to where the resources actually came from. Facets of sustainable design include:
We recognize our contribution to the apparel industry impacts, so we’ve joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. This organization is focused on providing sustainable standards for creating apparel, footwear, and home goods.
A job well done to the New York Go Green ERG for not only educating themselves, but us as well. And thank you to The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator for being so inviting. What’s your take on sustainable apparel? Share it with us.
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