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PROGRAMS

Promoting Global Environmental Action in the Fashion Industry

Middlebury College's Institute of International Studies Environmental Policy Program in collaboration with a US-based environmental agency; Qatari-based fashion hubs, incubators, and women designers

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Background

WFI is partnering with the Middlebury College of International Studies International Environmental Policy Program to provide in-depth policy recommendations for a U.S.-based environmental agency on a potential regulatory framework for the fashion industry. Waste and hazardous environmental impact caused by textile manufacturers are currently regulated within the United States, however, due to the globalized supply chains of the fast fashion industry, there is no framework in place that addresses the environmental damage and pollution caused by clothing that is consumed in the United States yet manufactured in countries where such regulations may not exist. The Middlebury team’s task is to recommend a regulatory framework or policy on holding retail giants operating in the United States accountable for adverse environmental outcomes resulting from their harmful manufacturing practices abroad, which often impact women who comprise the overwhelming majority of garment workers. In collaboration with Qatari-based fashion hubs, incubators, and women designers, WFI will host a fashion show at our Spring Vanguard event to demonstrate that fashion can be trendy, reasonably priced, and sustainable. 

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