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In our everyday life we make choices that affect and reflect our basic values and perception of the world. The relationship between humans and nature resonates in our consumer behaviour. Therefore the transition towards a sustainable future lies in the hands that reach our wallet. For this reason, it is important to show how w can make our daily life practices more sustainable.With Circular Fashion 2017, we organise a series of events that focus on products nobody can escape from: clothing.

Although Wageningen is a well-known centre for sustainability, the notion of sustainable fashion is certainly not embedded in it. Utrecht has it yearly Fair Fashion event, and also Amsterdam steals the show, on an international level, with the well-known Fashion week. For the Wageningen University and it’s technically talented students, collaborating with other academic institutions in The Netherlands, with high-quality course programs regarding (circular) fashion design is very interesting. Wageningen unfortunately still plays no significant role while it holds great potential. From agriculture to a common interest, clothing.

  • Researches in biorefinery are looking for new agro fibres, to for instance replace synthetic clothing that relies on finite fossil resources.
  • Plant researches and land and water managers could help upgrade sustainability in the production chain of cotton less reliable on finite water resources and pesticides.
  • In the lab of synthetic biology and biotechnology, they create specialised microorganisms that create new colouring agents from biobased resources.
  • Marketing and consumer studies could investigate how consumers can be nudged to choose for sustainable clothing.

The purpose of the Circular Fashion Symposium is to connect students, professors, artists, companies and to address the challenges of the fashion industry. Among others there will be experts from State of Fashion, ArtEZ and Wageningen University & Research.  These actors are part of  larger networks in which their actions have an impact on others, therefore circular economy asks for system thinking. Fashion products should be designed with high longevity, resource efficiency, non-toxicity, biodegradability, recyclability and good ethics in mind. Moreover, they should be sourced and produced with priority given to local suppliers, as well as efficient, safe and ethical practices. The products should be used for as long as possible and thereafter should be redesigned or recycled to give the materials a new life. This event is the first step towards an innovative fashion future at Wageningen University & Research.

Circular Fashion Symposium brought to you by Circular Economy Student Hub in collaboration with Impulse, project organisation 100 years WUR, Art&Exhibition, ArtEZ & State of Fashion.