This is your cause.

Sustainability encompasses both social as well as environmental responsibility. This March and April, there are multiple events that provide evidence of our community engagement to create awareness and build pathways to positive change.

  1.  Eureka Recycling, a Zero Waste social enterprise based in Minnesota, is studying barriers and opportunities to repairing and reusing the 84% of unwanted clothing that currently gets tossed in landfills and incinerators. Could you take a few minutes to complete this survey and share your perspective with them?” Help to bring the change by participating in the survey. Here is the link to the survey
  2. March 19, South East Student Asian Student Association and MIPS Office are presenting “More Pain, No Gain: what’s behind the label? @Stkate
  3. March 20, Annual Fashion Show, Sisterhood Boutique partnered with @stkate fashion students for upcycled looks and styling. #whomadeyourclothes  Attend the free event Event 2018
  4. Katies Go Green Challenge #katiesgogreen by Senate Environmental Issues Committee @stkate
  5. Upcoming Fashion Revolution Week  and  support the designers by attending this event

We are blessed, let’s all participate and join the movement.

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Antonian Honors- Senior Project Presentation Apparel Design/Fashion Merchandising

Looking forward to Rachel M. Greeninger presentation  on 16-Mar , 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm   Lecture Hall – Visual Arts Building, St. Catherine University.

#fashion #innovation #sustainability #technology #3dprinting #design

Fashion, Form, and Function

Innovation and research in pairing technology and fashion has opened up a new world of opportunity in how fashion can be more functional. The purpose of this research was to explore the different ways 3D printed technologies and light-emitting diode (LED) lights could be incorporated into garments and accessories to serve a further, or new, function and purpose. Consideration was additionally made for sustainability, as additive 3D printing technology prints only what is needed, whereas conventional fabrics are typically cut and sewn, leaving waste behind. Use of biodegradable filaments such as flexible filament and poly-lactic acid (PLA) further incorporate the sustainability piece, and all precautions have been taken to only print what is needed for the design. All designs are printed on the additive desktop 3D printer Makerbot Replicator 2. Use of Tinkercad, a 3D rendering computer-aided design (CAD) software, allowed for ease of use to build a project directly from the platform or in conjunction with other CAD programs, such as Optitex, while still incorporating complexity in the designs. Adafruit’s wearable platform, FLORA, was used for the LED lights. Having the capability of coding how and when the lights should blink further supplemented the functionality of this project.  This research has further generated knowledge of the use of technology in fashion, especially through the 3D printing and LED light channels.

Watch for the webcast:

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Deadline approaching soon! Engage your students before June 1, 2018

ESRAP 2018 Student Merchandising Poster Competition
Develop Business Plan for Socially Responsible Fashion Retailer
“Brick and mortar or non-store retail format”
The ESRAP 2018 Student Merchandising Competition is a juried poster competition where
students will incorporate Triple Bottom Line practices in the development of a business plan for a
socially responsible fashion retailer. The business plan may be for a traditional brick and mortar
or a non-store retailer.
Overall goal of the competition is to empower students to become change agents through the
application of socially responsible business practices to fashion retail development (or…to the
fashion business). Students will develop a practical understanding of the challenges of running a
“truly” socially responsible business.


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Technology, fashion, and sustainability

Worked on 3D printing, LED and circuits, technology is exciting and promising. Last month we invited Sylvia Heisel to St. Catherine University

She gave an engaging presentation, a workshop on 3D printing, and shared her thoughts on how to inspire women to play with technology to be prepared to work in the fashion industry. We all know that technology has become an integral part of life. It is hard to imagine a future without using technology in everything we do. Technology has expanded our horizon but also has added speed and stress. It is time to take this technology and be creative to use it for our benefit, and manage it well. It can be done if both men and women collaborate to resolve the challenges of today, and leverage on technology. With technology, we can also explore better ways to resolve sustainability issues as well.

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Culture of sustainability discussion for Sociocultural Aspects of Dress course at St. Catherine University, MN

For the past two weeks, we have been discussing sustainability in fashion! We have talked about slow fashion, innovations in the sewn product industry, the role of social media as a tool for social change, decision makers, and decision doers, and sustainable design thinking (Hethorn & Ulasewicz, 2015). I agree with Eileen Fisher’s statement  “if you are not socially responsible organization, you are not fashionable” (Talbots Social Responsibility, January 2012). Let us share our thoughts on the above topics and then discuss what sustainability means to you.

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There is more than one way; choose one or more


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what’s the story of our clothing?

guilt-free style: practicing sustainable consumerism – part 1 On April 22 we celebrate Earth Day. This month’s posts will honor the tenets of Earth Day by exploring how we, as clothing consum…

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