‘Fashion for Earth’

Lakmé Fashion Week and the UN in India continue dialogue on fashion and sustainability with focus on circular fashion at Lakmé Fashion Week’s Sustainable Fashion Day in Mumbai

Reliance Industries Ltd.’s (RIL) ‘Fashion for Earth’ initiative, in partnership with the United Nations in India and Lakmé Fashion Week launched the ‘Circular Design Challenge’ at the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018 season.

The challenge, open to all fashion and product designer in India, aims to recognize champions of sustainability in India’s fashion and apparel industry, and promote circular design thinking: innovation in waste materials and solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

While commenting on the partnership with the United Nations in India to drive circular economy concept for sustainable fashion, Mr. Vipul Shah, COO – Petrochemicals, Reliance Industries Ltd. said, “We are proud to associate with the UN and Lakmé Fashion Week for strengthening development of sustainable fashion in India.”

“This collaboration will provide the thrust on usage of material in a sustainable manner and inculcate participation of the people in sustainable fashion, thereby making them partners in contributing to the enhancement of the quality of life of our future generations.”

The challenge is being supported by UN Environment, the leading global voice on the environment.

“In a world that is increasingly running out of natural resources, the linear system of take-make-dispose needs to be replaced with a traditional one where reusing and recycling is almost second nature in India. Our collaboration with Reliance Industries Ltd. is to mainstream the circular economy approach and demonstrate that when Industry leads from the front, it can have a catalyzing effect on the entire value chain and the environment,” says Atul Bagai, UN Environment, Country Head, India.

Dia Mirza at the Fashion for Sustainable Development with UnitedNations at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2018

The designers will need to submit a proof concept of their sustainable collection, which must encompass key principles of circularity, sustainability, aesthetics and scalability. The designers can use any material for their collection, as long as it is up-cycled from diverse waste sources – including plastics.

“At Reliance, we have developed a portfolio of business ventures based on new technology platforms and collaborative business models. Our R-Elan™ Fabric 2.0 is an excellent example of our commitment and leadership in circular business in India. Reliance is one of the largest used PET bottle recyclers in India and it has developed R|Elan™ Green Gold fabric technology which has one of the lowest carbon footprints globally as it uses renewable energy, adopts a zero-waste concept and enables transparent, traceable manufacturing process,” Mr. Shah added.

The process will involve a call to entry, followed by an expert jury and announcement of the winner. The designer will win an opportunity to showcase the sustainable collection at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019.

The design challenge was launched at the dialogue on ‘Fashion and Sustainable Development’, hosted by the UN in India and Lakmé Fashion Week, with the aim to promote circularity in India’s fashion industry at the inaugural Sustainable Fashion Day, here in Mumbai.
This is the UN’s second engagement with Lakmé Fashion Week, and forms part of a broader collaboration on the groundbreaking potential of sustainable fashion to catalyze a sustainable economy for India, to showcase the vibrant potential of India’s intangible and textile heritage and build sustainable livelihoods through sustainable and circular value chains in fashion, especially for women. Thought leaders from diverse fields related to textiles, apparels and fashion industry presented their views and commitments on sustainability in this forum.

“Our focus this year is on a circular economy of sustainable fashion. The Indian fashion industry impacts millions of lives throughout its supply chain. India has the potential to be one of the biggest circular economies in the world. The fashion industry is an obvious catalyst for this – with its value chains that span many sectors, and the many innovative work designers are doing with waste materials – creating style out of nothing,” said Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator in India, through a video message.

Lakmé Fashion Week is committed to the promotion of sustainability in the fashion industry, to push the agenda for positive social and environmental impact and is the only major platform in the country that runs a dedicated day within its schedule every season on sustainability.

Jaspreet Chandok, Vice President and Head of Fashion at IMG Reliance stated, “In its 7th year, The Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakmé Fashion week is now the leader in driving both conversation and action. The partnership with UN in India and Fashion for Earth provides the next logical step in identifying and supporting champions in the field of Sustainability.”

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