The 13th oikos Winter School titled “You call it Eco. We call it Common Sense. Sustainability in the Fashion Industry.” will take place from 5.-11. March 2017 at Witten/Herdecke university.
It addresses the issue of sustainability in the apparel industry. The topic of sustainability in the fashion industry has been brought into the public eye by scandals such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, or alarming studies on the effect of chemicals used in production of raw materials. Low wages, unfair employment conditions and violations of freedom are often associated with parts of the global apparel industry. Furthermore, following the oil industry, the textile industry is the second largest contributor to current environmental pollution. It is evident, that there is a long list of problems that can be observed along the textile value chain. They range from poor working conditions and child labour in production countries to health effects caused by contaminated products, to the salinization of soil, as well as, the massive threat to bio-diversity by genetically modified cotton plants.
The conference aims to provide international students, future “Changemakers”, with a sound knowledge of sustainability in the sector, equipping them with the skills to deal with these complex problems. The project is creating a vital contribution to our common future through the education of students and by establishing an international exchange to support initiatives in the field.