The textile industry is the second biggest polluting industry in the world, after the oil industry. In the Circular Fashion programme, Wageningen University & Research, ArtEZ University of the Arts, State of Fashion (SToF), designers, and businesses work towards solving the issue of how to make the fashion industry fairer, cleaner and more sustainable.
Curator State of Fashion José Teunissen describes the current situation as follows: "The fashion industry is facing a huge challenge. On the one hand, experienced designers and big brands are noticing the overbearing pressure to launch one collection after another at an ever-increasing rate. As a result, there is less space for reflection, contemplation and renewal. In addition, the continuous race to reduce production costs and to have even shorter life cycles ultimately has disastrous consequences for humankind and the environment. Globalisation, climate change and the pressure on scarce agricultural lands and resources make the situation even more urgent."
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In the Circular Fashion programme, we are bringing the worlds of design and science closer together to stimulate cross-pollination and innovation. Are you interested in contributing to this collaboration? If so, please contact Kim Poldner or Ilse Markensteijn.
Next to research and teaching projects, we organize events together with the Circular Economy Student Hub. Please check their website for an overview of what we have done in the past and for opportunities to get engaged!
Collaboration WUR-ArtEZ-SToF through student projects in 2017-2018
During the academic year 2017-2018, we have incorporated current questions about Circular Fashion in different WUR degree programmes. WUR students are working on questions such as: What new, sustainable materials can we develop for the textile industry? What is an ideal, fair, clean and sustainable fashion system? How does this relate to the behaviour of consumers and new business models?
Student guidance is provided by ArtEZ Centre of Expertise Future Makers, designers, SToF and WUR researchers. The result of these projects will be on display during the first edition of State of Fashion (June-July 2018) and during the celebration of 100 Years WUR (September-October 2018).