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About the Union / Manifesto

The Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion’s founding document is its manifesto. This, our rallying call to like-minded individuals, invites people to support the Union by putting their name to the manifesto and saying why these actions matter. Their responses speak volumes. Here is an inspiring selection from recently joined members:

“We join together and amplify this movement from a position of genuine concern, free from industry bias and dominant paradigms.”

“We have only a limited time to make radical changes to the fashion industry, and therefore we need a coordinated effort to do so.”

“I advocate for a radical change in this unjust completely unethical system that has dominated and pushed humanity towards a state of complete unworthiness. This fierce proponent of obsolescence has the potential to be a critical change maker towards a positive and regenerative system where all life thrives. I have advocated such change since the start of my fashion career at the age of 14 and 31 years later I forge forward to see it happen.”

“There is no other way and time is so short.”

“Having seen first hand the catastrophically detrimental impacts the fashion industry is having on the planet, I cycled everyday past a river which changed colour depending on the leather which was dyed upstream, I could no longer be passive on this topic and needed to take a positive stance and support tangible actions against these practises.”

“We may have diverse conditions and conventions, but all roads lead to one global vision.  Fashion has a voice that matter. It has to be heard loud and clear.”

“I see great value in bringing like-minded individuals together to serve a great cause collectively.”

“As a fashion educator, it is my duty to be actively engaging with (and contributing to) future thinking, innovation and progressive solutions for a cleaner, transparent, earth/people focussed and more consciously engaged global industry.”

“I believe in a culture of care, and we need to actively change our fashion system. Now is the time.”

“We need a cohesive (yet complex) vision for us to save the planet, and to not ignore hard truths, rather embrace them and use them to push forward. I am in my early 20’s, starting a PhD and wondering what the world will be like when I finish it. I’d like to use this time of research to take knowledgable action, and being a part of this Union empowers me to reach for that.”

“I am concerned about the negative impact the fashion industry is having on our planet.  As an academic teaching future fashion professionals I believe we need to alter education to promote new forms of clothing production and consumption.”

“I want to be a part of the change to transform the fashion system for our planetary ecology and human wellbeing. It is a movement of imagination, not of outlandish thoughts, but of courageous actions that we urgently need today.”

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