According to the United Nations Economic Commission, the average consumer today purchases 60% more clothing than 20 years ago. Each garment is kept half as long, & about 40% of the clothing in wardrobes in developed countries are never worn.
We have become so accustomed to fast fashion that it's common for cheap clothes to be viewed as a disposable commodity. The majority of a garment's life cycle lies in consumers' hands, which means we can have an impact on ensuring our clothing doesn't end up in landfills. Our panelists will discuss why the trend of short clothing life cycles hasn't subsided & steps we can all take to be intentional about the clothes we wear.
What You'll Learn
Why fashion sustainability matters & what you can do about it
Where our clothes come from & where to learn about its footprint
Everyday practices to support sustainable fashion
How innovative companies are producing clothes in new, sustainable ways
Career opportunities in innovative fashion
About Be Social Change Events
In addition to gaining a better understanding of how you can make an impact through your career & life, you'll also have an opportunity to build your network by connecting with like-motivated people from the Be Social Change community.
Healthy + Sustainable Snacks & Drinks Provided - Gluten-Free & Vegan Options Available. We strive to produce as minimal waste as possible during Be Social Change events - help us by bringing a reusable water bottle to the event.
6:30 - 7:00 pm - Networking
7:00 - 7:15 pm - Intro + Collaborative Q&A
7:15 - 8:00 pm - Panel Discussion
8:00 - 8:30 pm - Q&A
8:30 - 9:00 pm - Networking
Catherine Schuller, Curator/Creative Director, hiTech MODA
Jessica Schreiber, Founder, FABSCRAP
As one of the first plus size models in the 1980's, Catherine became acutely aware of the need for diversity in the fashion industry. Told she was too large to model at 170 pounds & 5'10, it was suggested that she would need to get to a size 4 & 120 pounds to ever be considered model material. She became a member of a four person comedy squad called The Nerve! confronting the 80's yuppified corporate America with its efforts to brainwash the populace into a conformist mentality & strip us of our individuality & unique-ness. Her size diversity platform was fueled early on in those days & when she was asked to become a plus size model. Once she saw the need for real women to practice self-love & appreciation, she never stopped championing the underdog.
Her inclusive viewpoint enabled her to add more skillsets into her role as a model/spokesperson. She became a motivational speaker, an author, an actress, a writer & magazine editor when she was part of the dream team for MODE Magazine, the first Vogue-executed plus magazine that showed the full figured woman as a fashion icon in her own right. She became an image consultant & toured the United States become the missing retail link with her programs called Shape Shopping with Figure&Fit & Model Maker Mentors, helping to revamp the notion that women of a certain size couldn't be stylish. She connected with the notion of myth busting in every sense & became Image & Style Director of Divabetic, a charity for women living with diabetes in her attempt to educate & impart a diva-tude about one's health management.
Never one to accept the status quo, she created an event production division called Runway the Real Way: Fashion Diversity on the Inclusive Catwalk. She has become passionate about sustainability & is a member of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition & a featured member of Fashion Mingle. She created an event production company with Pamela Privette of PL Enterprises calling it hiTechMODA: Innovation fostering Opportunity. In their second season, they are poised to do the first sustainable show ever with National Geographic in September 2019 in New York City during NYFW. She teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she recently co-produced Business of Curves: Fashion's Future for FIT's Dean's Forum with a view toward having design students be able to take a certificate program or minor in plus size fashion design. She recently curated & coordinated models & designers for DAFT BRUNCH with Common Objective & Global Fashion Exchange, orchestrating the largest clothing swap attracting 1400 people & collecting 5,000 pounds of clothing rescued from landfills.
Jessica Schreiber is the Founder of FABSCRAP, which provides convenient pickup & recycling of fabric scraps from businesses in New York City & creates opportunities for reuse.
Prior to launching FABSCRAP, she was responsible for New York City's textile recycling & e-waste recycling contracts & programs as a Senior Manager in the Bureau of Recycling & Sustainability at the Department of Sanitation.
She has a Master's degree in Climate & Society from the Earth Institute at Columbia University & has been featured in Forbes, Waste360, & Apparel Magazine's Top Elite Under 30.
Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a serial social entrepreneur, career coach, speaker, & community-builder. For as long as Marcos has been working in the social impact space, he has also been building businesses.
Marcos has worked in research & leadership development at the American Psychological Association, Girl Scouts, & the White House Project (promoting women to run for office). He is also the founder of two t-shirt companies, a number of social impact blogs, & the author of two books.
Through Be Social Change, Marcos taps into his entrepreneur's creativity & social good inspiration to help people find & do meaningful work & lead more sustainable lifestyles.
Marcos earned a degree from Amherst College & a Masters in Organizational Management & an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at www.marcossalazar.com.
Be Social Change is a membership community helping people across all sectors build lives & careers of social impact. For its members, Be Social Change hosts weekly professional development workshops & social impact events, as well as curates discounts to sustainable businesses to inspire & guide people to make a difference through their careers & lifestyles.