Apr 25, 2018

Recap: Portland's 2nd Annual Sustainable Fashion Forum

The 2nd Annual Sustainable Fashion Forum, produced by Brittany Sierra of Laptops and Smalltalk, took place on Saturday, April 21st in Portland. The forum explored the social and environmental impacts that fashion has on our world and challenged guests to consciously examine their current consumption habits when it comes to beauty, fashion, and even food.

The half-day event at Yale Union featured thoughtful panel discussions, an eco-friendly marketplace filled with local and sustainable vendors, and a fashion show. Speakers included Davora Linder of Seattle's Prairie Underground, Kelly Raynor of Modified Style, Whitney Bauck of Fashionista.com, Andrea Plell of Fashion Revolution, and Carly Mick of KEEN footwear.

Guests of the event learned timely information about the challenges facing the fashion industry when it comes to sustainability. Speakers also offered fashion fans tips on how on how to make a change as a consumer by being thoughtful about purchasing habits, choosing environmentally-friendly fabrics, shopping locally, and demanding more transparency within the supply chain when shopping from global brands.

The Sustainable Fashion Forum provided thought-provoking information about eco-friendly fashion and presented it in a way that was fun and digestible. I look forward to diving further into this topic in the months to come. We need to extend our conversation about eco-friendly fashion beyond Earth day/month and educate ourselves as consumers about the environmental impacts the fashion industry has on our planet.

If you're curious about this topic and want to learn more about what Seattle brand Prairie Underground is doing when it comes to sustainability, please check out their event this Saturday in Georgetown featuring talks with the founders and detailed tours of the warehouse and production process. RSVP now via Facebook.

Photo credit: Candace Molatore

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