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The Real Cost of Fast Fashion

January 30, 2008

Fashion's Environmental ImpactThat shirt was a steal at $5.99, but what are its environmental costs? How are the raw materials processed and what environmental damage did that create? Where was it made and were workers exploited? How did it get to the store and how much carbon was emitted in transporting? What will you do when you tire of your latest fashion buy and no longer want it?

Some retailers and manufacturers are actively pursuing corporate social responsibility while others do not. Some consumers care about the environmental impact of their purchase, but others do not. Where doyou stand?

The Design & Merchandising program welcomes Heather Iwanow, Senior Lecturer, Department ofClothing Design and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University, to explore these and other issuesregarding "Fashion's Environmental Footprint".

Heather Iwanow is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clothing Design and Technology, atManchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom). Her faculty appointment involves consulting,research and teaching.


  • Design & Merchandising Presents: "Fashion's Environmental Footprint" with Heather Iwanow
  • Wednesday, January 30th @ 6:30pm
  • Ruth Auditorium (125 Nesbitt Hall, 3215 Market Street)
  • FREE and Open to the Public
  • Info: 215-895-0361