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Sustainable fashion. I like it.

SUSTAINABILITY

The fashion industry might not have been the first to cash in on the new wave of sustainable businesses, but it is making up for lost time.

The multi-billion dollar fashion industry has long been faced with intense criticism about its environmental footprint, throwing away an estimated 1 million tons of textiles per year, according to the Ethical Fashion Forum.

The basis of sustainable design is on which materials are selected to produce each garment. As larger companies like Marks and Spencer make the transition to producing only eco-friendly or sustainable clothing, many smaller designers are following. A push for fashion upcycling, or using recyclable materials to make new and innovative apparel, has been catching like wild fire around the country and throughout Georgia.

For example, last April The Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athica) teamed up with UGA’s Office of Sustainability to put on a “Trashion Fashion Parade”…

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