Two IÉSEG students are launching a new gap-year/semester project called “Green is the New Black” which aims to promote ethical and sustainable fashion. Mathilde Manya and Léa Dhélin are taking six-months from January 2018 to go to Asia and meet and discover different actors of sustainable and ethical fashion.
They plan to meet 20 entrepreneurs in 6 countries across South East Asia (India, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, China) who are participating in the growth of the “Slow Fashion” movement which focuses on high quality and sustainable products.
The actors they will meet have chosen an economic model that is more respectful of the environment and society (for example, through their production methods, materials or working conditions, etc.).
The two students decided to create the Green is the new black project after seeing the True cost documentary on the fashion industry by Andrew Morgan.
“Today, the production of clothing has a high environmental and social cost. We chose to go to Asia because this continent accounts for 80% of the world exports of textiles” explains Mathilde. “We will try to connect the various actors that we will meet and contribute to raising awareness of different consumption pattern with different publics. ”
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