‘Fast Fashion Week’ 11-14/02/2020
& ‘Fast Fashion Conference Day’ 11/02/2020
Lux2 ‘Global Issue Network’ group
with the support of APEEEL2
& MARS – Luxembourg University
The Focus on Fast Fashion Week will present awareness raising conferences and information sessions on the fast fashion’s negative aspects. It will also provide information on ways of becoming more sustainable, in order to reduce the environmental impacts of fashion retail. The event will concentrate on 3 main aspects:
- Ethical issues around fast fashion
- The impact of fast fashion
Conference Day @ Lux 2, Salle des Fêtes – Tuesday 11 February / 09:00-12:00
The Conference is organised by the Global Issues Network with the help of APEEEL and the scientific support of MARS – Luxembourg University.
The Conference will engage students and experts from research institutions, civil society and private sector in a fruitful and interactive debate. The goal is to raise awareness on the negative aspects of fast fashion and on how becoming more sustainable consumers, in order to reduce the environmental impacts of fashion retail.
The Conference will involve students from S4, S6 and S5 in the following order and will begin at 09:00:
- S4 during Period 1
- S6 during Period 2
- S5 during Period 3
- Introduction by the GIN students – 3′
- Presentation by Sylianee Parasch of the Fashion Revolution movement in Luxembourg – 15′
- ‘Making the Fashion retail sector Sustainable: issues and actions‘
- Presentation by Philippe Kirpach of Caritas Luxembourg – 15′
- ‘Rethink your Clothes‘
- Showcase and Lab with Flavia Carbonetti, Lydia Leu-Sarritzu, ForMe
- Questions & Answers with the students
More information on Fast Fashion
Who is organising Fast Fashion Week?
We are lucky to have in our school a very active GIN group. Their aim is to raise awareness within the school on local and international issues as well as efforts to improve sustainability. The GIN group is composed of 15 Secondary pupils, from S4 to S6, regularly meeting to develop and discuss local projects which could have a positive global impact. Meetings are organised under the supervision of Mrs Fioretti, a Lux2 Secondary teacher in English L1 & L2 as well as ICT.
MARS – Luxembourg University connects to speakers from research institutions in Luxembourg to come in and talk to students.
What is ‘fast fashion’?
Today, fashion has become an important part of our lives.
Fast fashion was a term first coined by retailers to encapsulate how fashion trends move rapidly from the catwalk to the store. There is a short turnaround time between designing garments and the production of new clothing collections. Manufacturing is quick and cheap and consumers in the Global North can easily take advantage of affordable and desirable clothes in the shops of high street brands.
Where is ‘fast fashion’ manufactured?
Fast fashion garments are normally produced in the Global South, predominantly by low paid, female workers. Quick turnaround times place often overwhelming demands on these factory workers, one effect of which can be the manufacture of lower quality clothing. This can encourage the rapid consumption and disposal of cheap clothes after they have been worn only a few times, creating a very unsustainable sector.
Purpose of Fast Fashion Week:
The Global Issues Network in the school, with the help of the APEEEL2, will organise conferences and information sessions during the Fast Fashion Week (10-14 February 2020) to help raise awareness about the negative aspects of fast fashion and inform us on ways of becoming more sustainable in order to reduce the environmental impacts of fashion retail.
2nd-hand Clothes Sale /Swap/Donations at Lux 2 – date to be announced shortly
For administrative reason, the initial date of Tuesday 11 February 2020 had to been postponed, and the date will be announced shortly. The event will be open to all Primary and Secondary pupils and will take place in the Studio and Hall (Administration Building, Lux 2).
During the afternoon, pupils will be able to sell their good-quality 2nd-hand clothes. Please note that there will be a small charge of 5€ per table, all proceeds going to the GIN initiatives in the school.
Who knows, maybe these initiatives will inspire some of our students to invent a more sustainable and fairer fashion model?