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FASHION VALUE CHAIN

January: RCGD Global and Fashion Takes Action partner to deliver accessible digital video series to introduce sustainable fashion to educators and across communities. Designed for those from the elementary to the post-secondary level, the video series is set to launch on January 18, 2023 at fashionimpacts101.com.

RCGD Global has been pioneering in the space of sustainable design solutions since 2009 with an extensive relationship with educational institutions across the USA, Asia and Europe. Fashion Takes Action has been educating students in grades 4-12 since 2014 with its My Clothes My World program, and their series of workshops have been delivered to over 30,000 students across Canada.

Now, together, they are joining forces, offering free access to an education in the sustainability realm for teachers and students, and anyone with a curiosity about the subject.

The educational capsule consists of six short videos of five to seven minutes in length that provide an overview of the key sustainability issues in the fashion industry and how to address them. Introduction to Sustainable Fashion, Fashion’s Waste Problem, How Much Pollution are you Wearing? The Secret Lives of Clothes, How to Design Sustainably and Who is Responsible for Changing the Fashion System are the topics covered in this video series. 

Samata Pattinson, CEO of RCGD Global and Kelly Drennan, Founding Executive Director of Fashion Takes Action, lead these educational videos and are joined by guest speakers in each episode, a mix of industry experts, influencers and celebrities who are on their own journey to sustainability. 

Since the beginning, our goal at RCGD Global has been to raise awareness and educate society about the impact of the fashion industry and promote more sustainable practices and consumption habits. Partnering with Fashion Takes Action and taking the knowledge we have been gathering and transmitting to other sectors of the population to schools is key as it means educating future leaders. We are very excited about this project and to see how willing our industry colleagues have been to participate in it and help shape a better future.” Samata Pattinson, CEO of RCGD Global. 

FTA has been educating youth about the impacts of fashion in Canada since 2014. The need for teachers to talk to students about the topic of sustainable fashion feels more and more necessary as social media is influencing kids to consume younger and younger,” says FTA Founder Kelly Drennan. “We are so excited to be partnering with RCGD Global on this series of free videos as we feel it is a really relevant, accessible and effective way to connect with students. There is no doubt that collaboration is necessary to accelerate change.

Guests for the series include RCGD Global Founder Suzy Amis Cameron, actor and activist Tati Gabrielle, Eva Kruse, Group SVP of Pangaia, Remake founder Ayesha Barenblatt, Maeve Galvin the Global Policy Director at Fashion Revolution, Designer and Entrepreneur Sanah Sharma, Sustainability activist Maya Penn, designer and activist Nikki Reed and Anishinaabe Indigenous rights advocate Autumn Peltier