Posts Tagged sustainability

LILY CHEHRAZI
Fashion Merchandising Management ’11

Lily Chehrazi founded Together California, an eco-conscious “active glamwear” brand, with her husband, Benedict, in 2014. She creates repeats from Benedict’s photography and prints them on high-tech, sustainable materials, including a seaweed-based textile called SeaCell, spandex made from recycled plastic bottles, and bamboo charcoal. The clothes are manufactured in downtown Los Angeles and sold at…

MICHELLE HERNANDEZ
Fashion Merchandising Management ’11, Fashion Design ’04

Michelle Hernández is a compost educator/coordinator for New York City’s Zero Waste Programs at GrowNYC, a nonprofit sustainability resource that runs New York City’s Greenmarkets. She staffs compost collection at the Bowling Green, Brooklyn Borough Hall, and Carroll Gardens markets, teaching residents about composting and textile recycling. She also works at a GrowNYC Fresh Food…

LAURA NOVICH
Sustainable Interior Environments ’14

Laura Novich,  is an operations manager at ReuseNYC, a network of 30 nonprofit reuse organizations in New York, including Goodwill, Housing Works, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Based at the City College of New York and funded by the Department of Sanitation, ReuseNYC hosts an annual conference and compiles data on the industry;…

Reducing Our Impact

The week of September 14, FIT joined the ranks of dozens of American colleges in observing No Impact Week, an effort to educate students about reducing their environmental footprint. The idea originated with Colin Beavan, “No Impact Man,” who spoke at FIT in 2012 about his yearlong effort to create zero environmental impact. FIT’s Sustainability…

CONFERENCE EXPLORED TEXTILE TRENDS:
FIT’s first Summer Institute digs deep into sustainable fashion

They came from Eileen Fisher and Harley-Davidson, from the University of Kentucky, Purdue, and India’s National Institute of Fashion Technology. All told, more than 30 academics and industry professionals from four continents studied at FIT for a week in June, participating in the first annual Summer Institute on Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles. They learned…

POWERFUL SOLUTIONS:
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. electrifies the FIT audience with a plea for green energy

“We’re living today in a scientific nightmare,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. pronounced in his keynote speech at FIT’s Eighth Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference, “People, Planet, Prosperity: Measuring Our Impact,” held April 8 in the John E. Reeves Great Hall. The conference, which also featured Tom LaForge, the Coca-Cola Company’s global director of human…

Going Greener Faster

A $3.2 million grant to FIT from the Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency program of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services has enabled three energy-efficient upgrades at the college: a new air-handling unit that can be turned down in the evenings, new hot-water heaters in the academic buildings, and an upgrade to a…

What Happens After We Throw It Away?

Click image or here to enlarge infographic I have a confession to make: plastic terrifies me. I learned at an impressionable age that all our yogurt containers, plastic grocery bags, clamshell packaging, Styrofoam cups, and countless other petrochemical polymers will remain intact in landfills for hundreds of years. Nightmares of being swallowed by a churning pit…