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Fashion Revolution Week YYC - The Environmental Impact of Fashion: Panel Discussion

  • The Loft 405 11 Avenue Southeast Calgary, AB Canada (map)

ABOUT

What is our role when it comes to climate change and the environment? How can we, as individuals, companies, or organizations, do our part? In this discussion, our panelists will be discussing the environmental issues surrounding the fashion industry. From textile waste, to fast fashion and overconsumption, to water, this round-table panel will illuminate environmental issues, and equip us all with solutions that can be acted upon in the short and long term.

While you’re there, enjoy locally made food and drinks by Food Glow and Juice Because.

MODERATOR:

LAURA BERG

LB (Laura Berg) is the owner of Nourish Sweat Soul, an athleisure brand of bold women's apparel made of 100% organic and recycled materials.

When LB lost her home in a natural disaster in 2013, she begun a journey to heal from post traumatic stress through holistic nutrition and mind-body-spirit practices. Then emerged the desire to live a more conscientious life. After watching the documentary The True Cost, LB wanted to learn more about ethical fashion and sustainable living, This interest grew into a passion that led to NSS.

You can find Nourish Sweat Soul online and locally in Calgary at Hemm, Outside the Shape, and Juice Because. www.nourishsweatsoul.com

PANELISTS:

HELEN YOUN

Helen Youn is a professional organizer specialized in the KonMari Method™ to help people transform their homes and live a life that sparks joy. Based in Calgary, Helen is the first and only Certified KonMari Consultant in the Prairies and one of the KonMari Consultant Seminar lecturers. The KonMari Method was developed by Marie Kondo, author of international best sellers: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy.

You can find her at www.helenyoun.com, and on Instagram and Facebook @sparkjoywithhelen. 

ASHIKA THAKER

Ashika is a 3rd year marketing and entrepreneurship student at Mount Royal University. Fashion has always been a core part of her life and it wasn't until she started doing her research, that she realized the detrimental effects of the industry. Together with Diana her co-founder, they founded Unravelled Yarn, a zero-waste yarn company that transforms excess corporately branded t-shirts into high quality t-shirt yarn. Through the development of this company, they provide a sustainable disposal alternative for large companies to recycle their unused branded shirts, and a high quality craft product for the market. You can find more information on their website at www.letsgetunravelled.com

AMY SPARK

Amy Spark is an environmental scientist and advocate focused on the intersection between ecological and mental health. Her research in the Ghost River Valley highlighted patterns of ecological grief - the emotional experience after the loss of cherished natural spaces. This work inspired her to co-found Refugia Retreats, an initiative exploring ecological and social wellness through retreats and workshops. She is the Sustainability Coordinator at Bow Valley College and in her spare time attempts urban homesteading and writing. She is lover of all things X files, and you can usually find her happily exploring Calgary by bike. You can reach Amy at info@refugiaretreats.com and learn more about Refugia Retreats at www.refugiaretreats.com. You can also learn more about Amy's passions on the Dharma Chasers podcast

TANYA PUKA

Tanya is the Founder & Co-owner of Fond Boutique, a pop-up consignment shop offering a curated collection of distinct, quality-driven pieces here in Calgary, Alberta. She has spent over 10 years as marketer working closely with organizations in a variety of sectors including fashion and design, to nurture and hone brands. Tanya first developed a passion for ethical fashion during her involvement with a startup clothing company while studying Entrepreneurship & Innovation at The Haskayne School of Business. Through her own passion for sourcing unique and interesting pieces and as a means to offset the ‘fast fashion’ plague, Tanya founded Fond. She hopes that with a shift to appreciating one of a kind, consumers will become more conscious and invest in brands they believe in and pieces that retain their value, and support makers and artisans that take immense pride in their craft. 

You can find her @fondboutique (Instagram and Facebook), and contact her at tanya@fondboutique.com, or through her website www.fondboutique.com.

Earlier Event: March 26
POC Guest Speaker