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Sustainable Fashion

Spring 2024: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Walton Center for Planetary Health, Room 409 (Session C)

What is fashion's function in society?


Is sustainable fashion an oxymoron?


Can sustainability keep up with the fast pace of consumption?


Who is influencing fashion consumption?


Why are the biggest offenders not doing more?


Who will solve sustainability? Is technology a silver bullet?


Whose responsibility is sustainability - the brand or the consumer?

What is fashion's function in society?

As we continue to purchase more clothes and the fashion industry continues to expand each year, what effect does it have on the environment and on textile workers? This unprecedented moment is allowing the industry to examine itself and imagine more sustainable ways of working, bringing both brands and consumers together to collaborate and openly discuss its processes and our values: how can we reimagine the future of fashion? Through the investigation of case studies, current industry journals, webinars, and discussions with industry experts and workers, we will propose solutions for creating more sustainable and equitable fashion supply chains and consumer practices.


  • Collaborators TBA

Impact Outcomes

Students will share their findings with the general public in a format of their choosing. Check this page at the end of the semester for updates!

Sustainable Fashion in the News

At the Humanities Lab, we strive to ensure our Labs are relevant and current. Here are some recent articles about Sustainable Fashion in today’s news!

Why Fashion Needs to Be More Sustainable

Will We Ever Be Able to Recycle Our Clothes Like an Aluminum Can?

Easy Ways to Go Green with Actress and Eco-Activist Alysia Reiner

Enrollment Information

Spring 2024: M/W 1:30-2:45

WCPH 409, Session C

Humanities Lab HUL 494, 598
French FRE 494 
Italian ITA 494


Instructional Team

Seize the Moment

This Lab is presented through Seize the Moment, an initiative of Leonardo, the Humanities Lab, and the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. In an alarming syndemic of intersecting crises—the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and accompanying civil unrest, and cascading environmental hazards—Seize the Moment addresses the grand challenges of the day through transdisciplinary arts, science, technological, and humanities collaborations in research, pedagogy, and public engagement. To learn more, visit our website at

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