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Eco Fashion Week: 11th Edition of Innovative, Sustainable Fashion

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 9:00am to Friday, November 4, 2016 - 3:00pm

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World’s largest and first sustainable fashion event arrives in Seattle Nov. 1-4, 2016
Eco Fashion Week launches 11th edition of innovative, sustainable fashion
 

The world’s first and largest sustainable fashion event is set to launch its 11th edition across international borders in Seattle, Washington Nov. 1-4, 2016. A growing not-for-profit organization, Eco Fashion Week (EFW) has presented 10 successful editions in Vancouver, Canada and is proud to launch its 11th edition, continuing its mission to raise global awareness for a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable fashion industry.

From runway shows to industry panels, EFW addresses the ethics of the fashion industry while proposing tangible steps towards closing the loop. This November, runway shows will feature designers from Indonesia, Australia, Portland, New York, Vancouver and — of course — Seattle.

This edition will feature two full nights of runway shows and showroom, taking place Tues. and Wed., Nov. 2-3.

Industry panel on Nov 4. Highlights include:

Value Village Presents: Runway Reimagined: Project 8.1
Nov. 3 at 8:00 p.m., CANVAS, SODO, Seattle

Our longtime partner, Value Village, based in the Puget Sound area, is excited to launch a new challenge which explores and illustrates unnecessary textile waste and urges conscious consumption: Rethink Reuse.

North Americans produce 81 pounds of textile waste per year; this astounding number inspired the 81 Pound Challenge, asking designers to transform 81 pounds of unsold textiles into a full runway-ready collection, which Value Village has presented for six editions. This edition, 10 stylists and designers will showcase runway looks from 8.1pounds of clothing and textiles from Value Village — collectively illustrating 81 pounds of textile waste. Runway Reimaged: Project 8.1 will showcase stylists and designers from many corners of the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on local Seattle talent.

Value Village Presents: EFW Collective Conversation
Nov. 4, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Impact HUB Seattle

Eco Fashion Week’s Collective Conversation is a day of open dialogue to provide information on the challenges, opportunities and innovations facing the sustainability of the garment and textile industry.

The event will feature a keynote from Sass Brown, author and acting associate-dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Additionally, Value Village will present key findings from their first-ever State of Reuse Report, which examined the motivators and barriers to reuse.

Three panel discussions will explore:
  1. Innovations and Solutions for the Future of the Industry
    Moderator: Alison Morrow, King 5 Environemental reporter
  2. How to Build a Community of Conscious Shoppers and Methods for Communication Sustainability Initiatives
    Moderator: Eve Andrews, Grist Editor
  3. How to Drive Real and Lasting Behavior Change Through Reuse and Recycling Practices
    Moderator: Tony Shumpert, Savers/value village, VP recycling and Reuse
     
Participants include industry leaders from EVRNU, Nube9, Threadcycle, Botanical Colors, Green Eileen, Recycle Runway, bluesign, SMART and Seattle Made.
 
Eco Fashion Week is sponsored by partners Value Village, La Biosthetique, Dry Sparkling, Caffe Vita, the Fairmont Olympic and others.
 
For a schedule of events, please visit schedule here. Eco Fashion Week can be found through @ecofashionweek across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
 
For media, industry,  and buyer registration, please visit http://ecofashionweek. com/index.php/registration/. For more information, please visit http://ecofashion-week.com
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