Ethical Fashion Brazil roundabout at Impact Fest 2019
By sharing knowledge and talking from the heart, we connected to each other about what to do with the fashion system
On 5th November, I host three tables “Discover and Enjoy Ethical Fashion” at the Impact Fest event, in The Hague, The Netherlands.
It was the only talk about fashion at the technology event, and happily many people joined. They were very curious and open-minded to explore more the topic of Sustainable and Ethical Fashion, in the context of the urgent moment that Earth is facing, the Anthropocene.
I shared my knowledge and experience about my website www.ethicalfashionbrazil.com, how I give consultancy for companies and institutions for a more sustainable fashion system. I’ve been working with this for one decade, and now I’m doing two PhDs, so there is some content to share… See some services and stories:
As a tool to facilitate the dialogue, I did a mind map, so people could choose the content. Some of the words were: technology, sustainable materials (artificials and naturals), cleaner production for fashion, fashion system, circular economy, reverse logistics, lifestyle, slow fashion, spiritual, vegan, communication, consume of information, education, Amazon, global value chains (part of my research in the PhD), transparency, fragmentation, utopia, etc.
One of the most interesting questions came at the end of the first roundabout: “so, what can we do? How can we change the system?”
I said: “we should do more charity, starting from small actions of random charity.”
Clearly, “charity” was not the word that made sense for some people. But the point is that the values in our society are so sustained by being efficient, making a profit, being successful in a material way, that really doesn’t make sense to share our own time to the others (our time is our life!), our resources (knowledge, money, stuff) and be thankful to be the giver. We already took too much from Earth, we are so worried about our career and the material expression of our lives… It is a blessing to be a giver, a donator, and to connect with others with empathy (not only technology).