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Members of the CSF team or network contribute articles to this website regularly, offering inspiring insights and ideas on the role fashion plays in a global sustainability agenda.

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An accessible way to shape future decisions

Upon finding our free online short course ‘Fashion and Sustainability’ in collaboration with Kering, Lydia immersed herself (and her new business idea) in the 6-week course and it’s introduction to the issues, agendas and contexts of fashion in a changing world.

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Shared values through education

Amongst the ongoing work as documented in our recently published Interim Report on Education for Sustainability Transformation we wanted to gain insight from current students and recent graduates from London College of Fashion (LCF) as to how parts of this work has impacted them, be that directly or in-directly.

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Downtime in the months of disruption, vulnerability, and generosity of spirit

Here we are now, in our home offices – researchers, designers, makers, all doing our utmost to adapt to the new circumstances of the COVID 19 pandemic…What emerges though is a delicate fusion of strength and vulnerability, demonstrated in so many amazing ways by the MSEs we work with on our project Fostering Sustainable Practices…

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Put fashion back onto the agenda

Through our work, we look for ways in which fashion’s value can be recognised in environmental, social, cultural as well economic terms. The re-convened Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has set out its plans, which, so far, do not include fashion. We have written to the committee to ask that they put fashion back onto their agenda, and we would like you to submit a letter too.

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Education is the leverage point for change

Looking toward how much more needs to be done in education for sustainability, our Interim Report on Education for Sustainability Transformation – takes a systems thinking approach to enable change at an institutional level.

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Climate change has no borders and cooperation on a global scale is even more necessary

When we launched the Antarctica World Passport project back in 2008, we really believed in the force of international cooperation – Antarctica became a symbol of this hope.

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We know the power of making, but we’ve never applied it in such extreme circumstances

Since January 2019, Professor Helen Storey has been working with the UNHCR as ‘Artist in Residence’ at Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan. With a variation of projects successfully exchanging knowledge and empowering those in the camp through making.

Making innovation in design processes more accessible

London’s only jeans maker producing raw, selvedge and organic denim, right in the heart of Walthamstow, Blackhorse Lane Ateliers – hosted a research residency as part of ‘Making For Change: Waltham Forest’ a project led by Dr Francesco Mazzarella.

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Better Lives: Capping production and building in some downtime

We may be asking ourselves how we can run faster to achieve all that we set out to do in the new year and perhaps more. But the leaders of the micro and small businesses who joined us for the second 2019 Better Lives event seem to propose a slightly different attitude.

The inside of the Making for Change: Waltham Forest exhibition

Reflections on a year of Making for Change: Waltham Forest

As we look back on 2019, a year which saw Waltham Forest being the first London Borough of Culture, it seems a timely opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved throughout the year-long Making for Change: Waltham Forest project.