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An Open Letter on Textile Fibre Indexes

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At the crux of the ecological and social crises are many conflicting ideas about how to address challenges in order to affect change. As the fashion and textile sector as a whole seeks to navigate this perplexing terrain, strategies and technologies put forward as pathways to sustainability must be approached critically.  We, the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF), a diverse collective of more than 225 specialist fashion sustainability researchers and practitioners from around […]

UCRF – Member of the Month – Nada Koreish

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Member of the Month

UCRF is running a ‘Member of the Month’ feature on this blog, where a member, selected at random from the membership database, is sent five questions to give us all an overview of our members. Our eleventh participant is Nada Koreish. >How would you sum up your research / practice? That is a tough one! My research and practice is based heavily on my unique experience. I am intrinsically linked to my research and the […]

Nine years since Rana Plaza

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April 24, 2022, marks nine years since the devastating Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The artwork ‘A Recipe for Disaster’ by Safa El Samad is part of Sent by Sophie Lanigan; it is also viewable here. It invites reflection on the global fashion system: what has changed since the tragedy, what remains, and in what ways must we remain vigilant? The UCRF board thanks Sophie Lanigan and Safa El Samad for their important […]

Earth Day 2022

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The theme for Earth Day this year is “Invest in Our Planet”. This seems very fitting, considering how the world’s economy has shifted and changed over the course of the past couple of years. With a pandemic sweeping all nations across the globe, it is imperative to take an in-depth look at how our priorities, from a climate and human context, have witnessed massive transformations because investing is not merely monetary. Mother Earth and her […]

Communique from the Oslo Local Assembly on Textile Fibres

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A twist on the usual UCRF Local Assembly format, this themed Local Assembly concentrated on textile fibers. Points for discussion could be tabled by any UCRF member in advance or raised on the day. Theme: Textile fibres, key themes and challenges.  20 minutes to discuss each theme. Participants: 10. Question 1, submitted by membership: How can we, in our expert organization, act against pesticides export for global south cotton plantations? The assembly quickly realized how […]