Can Fashion be Sustainable?

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Join members of ‘We Wear The Trousers’ for a discussion on the sustainability of fast fashion.

Between 2000 and 2014 global clothing production doubled. The number of garments purchased each year by the average consumer increased by 60%, yet clothing items are now retained for half as long.

Research conducted by the Ellen MacArthur foundation predicts that ‘By 2050, the fashion industry will be responsible for 26% of the carbon budget associated with keeping global warming levels below a 2°C limit, and none of that is even touching upon the human cost of the fashion industry!’

The question is, can fashion ever be sustainable?

Join our expert panellists as they consider these ideas, and then you can make up your own mind!

Scroll down to read more about the panelists.

This panel discussion is run by the non-profit organisation ‘We Wear The Trousers’. They aim to empower people to to keep clothing in active use for longer and reduce the environmental impact of our wardrobes.


We Wear The Trousers also offering two free activities and a fringe event –

Free Activity

Repair Cafe – Sat 8 Feb

Mend in Protest – Sun 9 Feb


Late Night Swapping – Sun 9 Feb

You can read more about We Wear The Trousers on Facebook



Kerry Curl

Kerry Curl is an award winning photographic artist working with photography, moving image and installation. With a focus on portraiture and fashion, her practice draws on the influence of the past in today’s world to question the idea of nostalgia, sustainability and consumerism. Her images were selected for the British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain in 2017 and 2019. A firm believer in creativity with purpose, her work aims to start a dialogue about how we consume fashion.

Marie Oakes

Marie Oakes is a Fashion Consultant, Speaker, Resilience Expert, and founder of The Trend Academy. She has worked for leading fashion brands including Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, M&S and Topshop. Much of her work involves supporting students to become industry-ready, and she has recently co-written a new BA Hons Fashion Degree for a UK University which builds sustainability, resilience and wellbeing into the curriculum. She also supports leaders to cope with burn out and stress.

Ilona Brinton

With a degree in Intenational development, Ilona has launched herself into the world of fashion and making through her brand Hemp On Toast, and from the very beginning, sustainability in what she creates has been first and foremost in her mind. She has approached this in multiple ways, including only using organically produced fabrics, with Hemp as the main component in all clothes, and sourcing all her dyes from plants, mostly collected by her. She believes strongly in the need for a drastic shift toward a more sustainable fashion world.

Libby Double


Libby created her company The Way of Tea to create reaction to the fast fashion industry. Each of her pieces is hand dyed using plants and is made from either pre-loved textile items or organic fabric. Clothing is made by Libby in her Norwich studio.