The latest and greatest in Eco-Textiles

Green. Eco-conscious. Environmentally friendly. These terms have become part of our lexicon in terms of architecture, cuisine and certainly, fashion. But what do they really mean in the fashion industry and how can a label call itself eco-friendly? The truth is, there are many ways that designers can contribute positively to the preservation of the environment and reduce the amount of waste and harmful processing that can often be a part of the way our clothes are produced.

Understanding how textiles are produced is a first step. Learning about alternative eco-conscious fabric alternatives is another. Researching how the fabrics you use are made and how those who create your textiles are treated are additional steps you can take as a responsible, eco-conscious designer. You may have heard the saying, “When you know better, you do better.” That is the philosophy behind our newest video Eco-Textiles.

Eco-Textiles will provide you with an overview of the developments made to date in the world of sustainable textiles and best practices. It will cover the progress being made in reducing the environmental impact in the production, use and disposal of textiles, as well as the future of the global fashion industry as it continues to evolve and become more eco-conscious and aware.

In addition to our newest video, sites like Ecotextile News bring you the latest news and information in eco-friendly textile development. Ecotextile News is also a good resource when searching for a job in the Ecotextile field. Designers like Titania Ingles (in addition to many others) put the environment at the top of the list when designing responsibly. Entire fashion weeks are dedicated to Eco-Fashion – added proof that Eco-Fashion is no longer a trend, but quickly becoming part of a thoughtful, responsible and enduring movement.

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.