April 24 , 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EDT
Do you have clothes in your closet that you once loved, but you no longer reach for when you get dressed? Maybe a stain, a tear, a loose button, or general boredom with the item has made you fall out of love?
Bring these garments to The Outrage on April 24th and you’ll learn a variety of skills to renew these items. We’ll have patches, needles, thread, and sashiko sewing patterns.
We’ll have a handful of sewists on hand to share their skills with you – no matter what level you’re at in your mending journey. Whether you’ve never picked up a needle and thread before or if you’re more experienced and interested in adding to your skillset, we invite you to join us!
Holly has her own upcycling business where she turns dresses into jumpsuits. She has a knack for looking at garments with her imagination and completely transforming them.
Wendy makes and mends her and her children’s clothes and will teach you traditional mending techniques she’s used for years to extend the lives of items in her wardrobe.
Carly will show you the ease and endless possibilities of sashiko mending techniques. With only a needle and thread and a pattern transfer, you can add strength and delicate, but eye-catching stitches to any garment in need of stabilizing.
Kerry has been embroidering and mending her own clothes for years, embracing the imperfections to get a little more life out of favorite pieces that might have seen better days.
We aim to make this event as inclusive as possible by offering sliding scale tickets. If you would like to participate and don’t have the capacity to pay, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for free entry.
This project was supported through the Donation and Reuse Program with funding provided by the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment.
January 12 , 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST
Over 60% of clothing sold worldwide contains plastic—in the forms of polyester, acrylic, nylon, spandex, and more. Through regular washing and wearing, synthetic clothing sheds tiny plastic particles called “microfibers.” A single load of laundry can release over 9 million microfibers into our waterways. Many microfibers are so small they cannot be filtered by wastewater treatment facilities and ultimately end up in our oceans.
In our first webinar of 2023, we will explore how the ubiquitous nature of synthetic textiles is causing a massive and largely invisible plastic pollution problem. We will be joined by Meli Hinostroza, Co-Founder, Aya Eco Fashion & Arms of Andes; Dr. Andrej Kržan, Chief Scientist, PlanetCare; and Dr. Judith Weis, Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. The conversation will be moderated by Madeleine MacGillivray, Climate and Plastics Campaign Coordinator, Seeding Sovereignty.
Date: Thursday, January 12
Time: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Aya Eco Fashion & Arms of Andes
Meli is a Los Angeles-born Peruvian who has worked to bridge the gap between her ancestors’ heritage and the modern world by creating uniquely sustainable clothing made from the Inca’s most functional fiber, alpaca wool, and the softest organic fiber, organic pima cotton. With her brother, Rensso, they built a studio in Peru developing plastic-free clothing through their company “Arms of Andes,” a PPC Business Member. Her goals are to keep centering sustainability and spreading the word of what a real sustainable clothing industry should be. The siblings aim to redesign the fashion industry and educate consumers and manufacturers on how to choose and create sustainable and biodegradable clothing.
Dr. Andrej Kržan
Andrej holds a doctorate in chemistry and has been working in academic research for 25 years, focusing on the environmental aspects of polymers and plastics. He has coordinated several international projects and is a lecturer for waste management and polymer materials at the University level. Andrej joined PPC Business Member PlanetCare in 2018 with a wish to not just study an environmental problem but rather contribute to a solution for it. At PlanetCare, he is responsible for projects, external collaborations, and the laboratory.
Dr. Judith S. Weis
Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences
Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey
Judith is a Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. She has published over 250 refereed scientific papers and a technical book on marine pollution, and has edited several books. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a Science Policy Fellow with the U.S. Senate and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Indonesia. She has been on advisory committees for U.S. EPA, NOAA (National Sea Grant Advisory Board), and the National Research Council. She also chaired the Science Advisory Board of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. She served on the boards of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the Association for Women in Science, and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, of which she was President in 2001.
Climate and Plastics Campaign Coordinator
Madeleine is a lifelong climate activist, microplastics-focused science communicator, sustainable brand consultant, and native of Brooklyn, NY. She holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, and a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Barnard, having completed her undergraduate thesis on microplastics pollution at Columbia’s renowned Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Madeleine is the Climate and Plastics Campaign Coordinator at Indigenous-led Seeding Sovereignty, connecting environmental justice and the fossil fuel-to-plastic pipeline. Also an Ambassador and advisory board member of the 5 Gyres Institute, Madeleine specializes in microplastics pollution research and legislation. Madeleine communicates complex environmental issues with creativity, compassion, and empathy.
- Aya Eco Fashion
- Arms of Andes
- Book – Polluting Textiles: The Problem with Microfibres edited by Judith S. Weis, Francesca De Falco, Mariacristina Cocca
- Seeding Sovereignty
- Ocean Clean Wash
- Fashion Revolution
- The Fashion Act – We Demand an End to Fashion’s Race to the Bottom
- Legislation – Fact Sheet:The Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act
- Synthetic Fibers Discovered in Antarctic Air, Seawater, Sediment and Sea Ice as the ‘Pristine’ Continent Becomes a Sink for Plastic Pollution (Ritz Herald)
- Webinar – Unwoven: Phasing Plastic Out of Fashion (Plastic Pollution Coalition)
- The Invisible Threat: Microplastics from Your Clothes (Plastic Soup Foundation)
- Plastic Fashion – Wash. Rinse. Repeat … Right? (5 Gyres)
- The Contribution of Washing Processes of Synthetic Clothes to Microplastic Pollution (Nature)
- A Review on Microplastic Emission from Textile Materials and its Reduction Techniques (Polymer Degradation and Stability)
- Microplastics from Textiles: Towards a Circular Economy for Textiles in Europe (European Environment Agency)
- Your Laundry Sheds Harmful Microfibers. Here’s What You Can Do About It (Wirecutter)
- Book – Unraveled The Life and Death of a Garment by Maxine Bedat (Penguin Random House)
Maxine Bédat’s new book Unraveled: The Life and Death of A Garmentis available for pre-order now with an official release date of June 1. Called a “groundbreaking chronicle of the birth and death of a pair of jeans” the book exposes the fractures in our global supply chains, and our relationships to each other, ourselves, and the planet.
“In the story that follows we will visit cotton farms in Texas, which was and still is a significant source of global cotton production, meeting farmers navigating the trade-offs between the health of their land, their bank accounts, and themselves,” writes Bédat. “In China we will see how those raw fibers are spun into yarn, dyed, and woven into denim. And in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh we will meet the women responsible for cutting and sewing fabric into a final garment. Back in America, we will go inside an Amazon warehouse to see how our jeans are shipped and make their way to our closets. Finally we travel to Ghana, where quite a bit of our clothing lands after we’ve had our way with it, becoming our jeans’ final resting place.”
Maxine Bédat is the Founder & Director of The New Standard Institute, which brings the latest independent, science-backed analysis of sustainability claims and the stories of the people on the ground to drive fashion into a force for good. She is a former lawyer and the cofounder of ethical fashion brand Zady.
Bédat was a panelist on a recent Plastic Pollution Coalition webinar in partnership with Fashion Revolution on phasing plastic out of fashion. Bédat spoke with Lauren Ritchie, Founder of The Eco Justice Project and PPC Youth Ambassador; Imari Walker Karega, Science Communicator & Environmental Engineering PhD Candidate, Duke University; Tahirah Hairston, Fashion & Beauty Director, Teen Vogue; and moderator Andrea Arria-Devoe, Executive Producer, STRAWS film & Contributing Editor at goop.
Watch the webinar below, and order the book Unraveled: The Life and Death of a Garment here.