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MARCH 2010

2nd – 3rd March
Fashioning An Ethical Industry: Fast Forward Conference Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6LA

Speakers confirmed so far include:

* Otto Von Busch – Haute-Couture Heretic * Nieves Ruiz Ramos – Bibico * Sophie Koers – Fair Wear Foundation * Alex Mcintosh – Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Invitation only: Apply for invitation
7th March 5 – 7pm
Re-dress Clothes swap for Haiti , The Twisted Pepper, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin
“Tired of your wardrobe?? Get swapping – one man’s tat is another mans treasure!!
(and raise a little much needed cash for HAITI)”
11th March 7pm
Ethical Fashion Show William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4PP

Showcasing innovative eco-designers including Ethical Fashion Forum Innovation winner Beautiful Soul, Emmeline 4 Re, Feng Ho, Nancy Dee, Elena Garcia, Sew Last Season, Miksani, and Tammam, plus craft stalls.

Tickets £8 (includes a free drink)
12th -13th March
Fashion Fusion Expo Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.

Fashion Fusion Expo is a brand new event showcasing international sustainable high street names, boutique brands, vintage inspirations, designer collections and individual labels to over 6000 visitors and consumers.

Four exclusive catwalk shows each day including Julia Smith and Ethical Fashion Boutique, exhibitors including Frank and Faith and SustainYoursStyle Boutique, coupled with a great line up of expert seminars, including the Ethical Fashion Forum to learn more about the exciting world of sustainable fashion.

Tickets £10 (£8 student concessions) or £15 on the door
17th March 6 – 9.30pm, Lecture 7 – 8.30pm
Earthwatch Lecture: Farming and sustainable environments. Royal Geographical Society, London SW7 2AR. FREE
Can we reconcile the conflict between urgently intensifying agriculture and conserving precious ecosystems?
Join environmental charity, Earthwatch , as their scientists, Professor Ken Norris and Dr Mark Chandler, tease apart the complex issues at the heart of this debate, relating it to their research on the sustainability of cocoa farming in Ghana and coffee production in Costa Rica.
18th March 10am – 4.30pm
Planet Textiles, Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Planet Textiles is a new international event on eco‐textiles that will be launched in Hong Kong alongside the Interstoff Asia Essential fabric exhibition that aims to address the very latest issues on sustainability throughout the textiles and clothing supply chain.
Highlights include: * Keynote presentations about corporate social responsibility and sustainability * Case studies from manufacturers and retailers – what are the realities of implementing sustainability? * Followed by a networking reception – your chance to meet the other delegates
Planet Textiles offers:

* Fantastic line-up of speakers who will give real examples of their work * Opportunity to learn from best practice and pick up practical advice * Focus on the positive developments and changes * Great networking and a platform for the exchange of ideas

24 – 26th March
Colour Connections Dyehouse Best Practice Seminars
Learn how to reduce your water, energy and chemical costs. Including:
• Implementation of Quality Management Systems
• Right First Time Processing
• Optimising Processes using Green Chemistry
• The Implementation of Modern Colour Management Systems
• Advanced Jet Dyeing Technology and Innovation

24th March 4 – 8pm Angel Hotel, Tirupur, India
25th March 3 – 7pm Textiles Committee Auditorium, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, India
26th March 4 – 8pm Jodhpur Industry Association, Jodhpur, India

Email for your place
25 – 28th March
Athens Fashion Week , 60, Kolokotroni str.10560 Athens, Greece

Concept: Look Gorgeous. Change Lives
Sexiness, luxury, fashion, corporate social responsibility and ethics can work in harmony together without compromising style”. Peter Ingwersen, NOIR

Ethical Fashion is in your hands.
Let’s make an impact together!

Ethical Fashion, happy people
Every purchasing decision is a moral choice.
Moral consumerism is a way of life. Given the vast availability of information today’s consumers have the power and the moral responsibility to choose fair trade and organically produced garments.

Ethical fashion is becoming cool in its own right, making the move from catwalk to high street, with a list of celebrity fans such as Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt, Leona Lewis and Leonardo di Caprio. (BBC)

“I do not think the eco/organic/fair trade movement is a trend. I think it is the beginning of a major shift in consciousness in the fashion business.”
Julie Gilhart, fashion director and Senior Vice President of Barneys New York

1st Ethical Fashion Event in Athens
Red Thread’s field of action involves the annual organization of the 1st Ethical Fashion Weekend in Athens a must-attend event of the year, raising awareness around ethical consumerism and presenting the best Ethical Designers from around the globe.

Ethical Fashion Showroom:
We will present leading ethical designers from around the globe

Ethical Fashion Showroom (exhibitor area)
30th March 10am – 5pm
Oxfam Ethical Trade Workshop, Oxfam GB’s Global Centre, John Smith Drive, Business Park South, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2JY

* To give participants an understanding of key labour issues in global supply chains based on Oxfam’s analysis, and the benefits to business of addressing them. * Using tools and case studies from Oxfam’s experience, go through ways to assess ethical risks and engage suppliers. * To help participants consider how these could be applied in their own product or service supply chains

Companies and public sector organisations: £250 + VAT, payable in advance. Not-for-profit organisations: £150 + VAT, payable in advance. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
31st March – 5th September
‘Sustainable Futures’ Exhibition, the Design Museum , Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD
In association with Puma.Safe, the Design Museum is showcasing ‘Sustainable Futures’. This exhibition features design projects that explore issues associated with sustainability. Portrayed through a selection of directional design, the exhibition focusing on how design can lead the way and make a positive contribution towards a more sustainable future.

Curated under five themes: Cities, Energy and Economies, Food, Materiality and the Creative Citizen, Sustainable Futures will explore projects that are either in the market place or in development. Fashion designer Christopher Raeburn and his Digital Rainbow Collection which reuses Ministry of Defense parachute materials will be displayed alongside projects that have not yet been seen by a wider audience.