Sustainability in Fashion: A Deep Dive into the "Take-Make-Waste" Apparel Industry Winter 2023

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COURSE OBJECTIVE The course will outline and uncover areas within the apparel supply chain that contribute to the “take-make-waste” model that 21st century businesses and consumers have become accustomed to. Students will examine how retailers, consumers, and key stakeholders play a role in the protection of natural resources and social communities, while preserving capital profits. COURSE GOALS Students will: – develop a broad understanding of sustainability uses in pre-production, production, and post-production within the apparel industry. – gain factual knowledge of the environmental & social impacts in relation to the price of fast fashion. – identify and conduct in-depth analyses of key players making an impact in sustainable fashion. – engage in practical assignments to discover challenges, opportunities, and new ideas that could impact the development of future fashion production systems. – uncover methods used to measure environmental impacts and identify relevant certifications. COURSE STRUCTURE The course will include a series of lectures, guest speakers, and case studies conducted during in-person classes, offline discussion boards, and zoom presentations. Additional required readings and film viewing to be completed independently. Guest speakers (via Zoom) will include influential firms and individuals making a significant impact in the development of circular and regenerative systems within the apparel industry. FINAL PROJECT In groups, students will act as “consultants” with the responsibility of developing a sustainability strategy for a retail firm. They will conduct an analysis of the firm’s materials, factories, retail outlets, and marketing to determine problems areas and identify opportunities. The objective is to map out realistic sustainability strategies based on the firm’s current state.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: NA
Class#: 1162
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Final project or presentation
Prerequisites: N/A
Enrollment Preferences: 1 or 2 extra students would not be an issue. There will be a lot of group work and discussions in this course, therefore more groups would encourage more discussion.
Unit Notes: Nicola is a professor in the fashion & retailing department at Framingham State University and works as a consultant for the NY based retailer UNTUCKit as a sustainable strategist. She lives in Williamstown with her family and is an avid runner.
Materials/Lab Fee: $100. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Attributes: STUX Winter Study Student Exploration

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