On March 25, students and staff were able to do some shopping on their lunch hour in the at the Slow Fashion Exchange Marketplace in the Learning Commons at Lakeshore campus. As part of Humber’s Earth Week events, the Marketplace included garments and accessories all originally donated from the Humber community. All proceeds from the sales were donated to New Circles Community Services, a community-based agency that offers one of the largest clothing banks in Toronto, in addition to social programming.
The Marketplace also featured two stations designed to encourage attendees to think about repurposing or repairing their own clothing: the “Just Fix It” station and the Sewing Repair Hub, hosted by The City of Toronto.
“Making, repairing or swapping your clothes is a great way to be more sustainable, which is why this event is so important,” said Tayler Buchanan, Communications and Events Coordinator, Humber College Office of Sustainability.
The event also featured an hour-long panel discussion with key members in the sustainable fashion movement.
Jessica Stasskewitsch, Sustainability Coordinator for H&M Canada, opened the panel discussion by sharing H&M’s sustainable practices and commitment to using 100 per cent sustainable materials by 2030.
Katrusia Balan, from the City of Toronto’s Waste Management Planning Division, gave an overview of the City of Toronto’s long-term waste management strategy, including community partnerships and initiatives that promote conscious consumption.
Munira Akubar, from Scadding Court Community Centre (and City of Toronto community partner), touched on drop-in repair programs available at the Scadding Court Sewing Hub.
The panel also included Marilyn McNeil-Morin, Chair of George Brown’s School of Fashion Studies and Director of Fashion Exchange, about waste-conscious fashion production and sustainable strategy; and Aleksandra Vasic, Manager of Volunteer Services at New Circles Community Agency.
Professor Francesca D’Angelo says she wanted the event to demonstrate that there is hope in the fashion industry. “We are seeing improvement at every level: industry, social organizations, nonprofit organizations, policy, educational initiatives,” she said. “I wanted to display that to our Humber community.”
The event was a collaborative effort between The Business School, Office of the Principal, the Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Fashion Committee.
Interested in learning more about slow fashion? Check out this Guide for Ethical Fashion from The Office of Sustainability.