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UCRF mentioned in this piece in Vogue Business, 28 January 2021.

An interview with UCRF in Of Fresh Wear, March 1, 2020.

An interview with UCRF in Lissome, Issue No. 1, December 2019.

UCRF receiving the North Star Award at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards featured on The New School blog, 21st October, 2019.

Article about a Finnish Institute panel on fashion and sustainability, held during London Fashion Week, featuring UCRF board member Amy Twigger Holroyd, published in The Guardian, 16th September, 2019.

Article about fashion and waste, featuring UCRF co-founder and board member Timo Rissanen, published in The New School Free Press, the student newspaper of The New School university, 12th September, 2019.

Article (original in Danish) on UCRF’s Addendum to the Pulse of Fashion 2019 Update by Joachim Kattrup published in Økonomisk Ugebrev (Economic Week Letter), 28th June 2019. English translation is available to download here.

‘Strength in Union’ in EcoTextile News, June/July issue 2019, p. 10, pdf available here.

Article (in Turkish) about the Union, Eleştirel Modanın Yeni Dayanağı: UCRF, by Sanem Odabaşı, 8/6/2019, published on Manifold.

Article that features the Union, ‘A view from the Copenhagen Fashion Summit’, by Tamsin Blanchard, 28/5/2019, published on Fashion Revolution blog.

Article about the Union & Copenhagen Fashion Summit published in the Danish paper Mandag Morgen (Monday Morning) 20/05/19. An English translation is downloadable here.

Summary article of the Sustainable Fashion Research Agenda conference, including the Union, ‘10 Takeaways From The Sustainable Fashion Research Agenda Conference‘ by Charlotte Turner, 16/05/19, published on EcoAge blog.

Piece by Lucy Siegle on the UCRF ‘Cause For Concern – The Researchers Calling For Fashion Change‘, 16/05/19 published on EcoAge blog.

Article about UCRF’s statement on the programme for the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019 published in EcoTextile News 07/05/19, and downloadable here.

UCRF interview ‘Fashion’s Growth Outpacing Sustainability Efforts, Researchers Warn’ published on the New Fashion Initiative blog, 22/04/19

UCRF interview on Fashion United first published 11/03/19

UCRF in EcoTextile News, published online 27/02/19 and in print in the April 2019 issue. Download a pdf of the print article ‘Railing Against Disaster’ here.

Press Release, 19th February 2019

New Union takes on sustainability of the fashion system with bold manifesto and solid knowledge production

Four researchers of fashion and sustainability have formed the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF) to highlight the crucial role that robust knowledge production and communication of knowledge play in making the fashion system sustainable.

“We have set up the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion because change is urgent, and because myths, impenetrable statistics and greenwashing blocks real change.”

“It’s high time fashion follows the limits of planetary resources rather than the growth logic driving industry. This requires change beyond tweaking products. We need entirely new systems and paradigms” say founders Kate Fletcher, Lynda Grose, Timo Rissanen and Mathilda Tham.

UCRF will work for robust knowledge production and communication by calling out misinformed research and research that is misused by the fashion industry often to deflect scrutiny away from current practices. It will also draw attention to sound research in fashion and sustainability that is already out there and encourage work that builds on robust knowledge foundations.

The global fashion industry contributes to climate change, decline in freshwater resources and depletion of soil quality and quantity, among others. As much as fashion is a source of many problems, it can be a source of myriad rich solutions. UCRF strives to connect and strengthen a global network of researchers, fashion practitioners and laypersons committed to profound change in the fashion system. In its first week, more than 50 researchers from around the world have joined the Union and signed its manifesto.

Inspired by the Union of Concerned Scientists formed nearly 50 years ago, an organization invoked by Professor Lynda Grose in her keynote lecture at the Global Fashion Conference at London College of Fashion, UK in November 2018; Professors Fletcher, Tham, Grose and Rissanen joined together to convene UCRF and to link arms in the face of powerful economic and political fashion structures with an interest in maintaining the status quo.

Professor Kate Fletcher, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts, UK.

Professor Lynda Grose, California College of the Arts, USA.

Assistant Professor Timo Rissanen, Parsons School of Design, The New School, USA.

Professor Mathilda Tham, Linnaeus University, Sweden.