The current fashion industry has often been shown negatively in the media over the last few years. Bad working circumstances in clothing factories in Bangladesh and heavily polluted rivers in India are just some of the examples. Unfortunately, information about fair and sustainable fashion is scarce and not easy to find.
In 2013, Young & Fair and Fairtrade Gemeente Utrecht decided to work together to create more awareness of the problems within the fashion industry. After many brainstorm sessions and many ideas, the first Fair Fashion Festival came to live. During the organization of this event, the well known disaster in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, took place. Rana Plaza collapsed in 2013 resulting in more than a 1000 deaths, among which many factory workers who worked for famous ‘fast fashion’ brands. This disaster was a confirmation that more awareness about Fair Fashion was needed.
The Fair Fashion Festival offers a platform for sustainable brands – fair trade, ecological and innovative brands – who are working towards a better and more honest fashion industry. At the same time, the festival is a platform for consumers, where honest and sustainable alternatives are shown, that are both affordable and fashionable. Over the years the festival has grown and took place in not only Utrecht, but also Groningen.
SAVE THE DATE
From 1-11 October we will return with our annual Fair Fashion Festival! With this year’s challenges, the Fair Fashion Festival will be a bit different from previous editions. Intead of one day, this year the festival will be 11 days and hosted online (and partly offline in Utrecht) via our social media channels.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
Offline workshops and lectures, a guide release around a sustainable wardrobe, online talks with pioneers in fair fashion and more! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the complete program.
Download the Green Wardrobe Guide 2020