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Fashion and Environment


Fashion and Environment provides students with the theoretical knowledge which will guide them in taking a critical perspective on the fashion industry's impact on the environment and develop their ability to respond to the system issues. The focus lies, especially, on understanding and exploring the fashion industry’s design and production processes, as well as on existing materials, their qualities and their respective environmental footprints.

Starting from an introduction to a systemic viewpoint an exploration of literary references, different topics are introduced and discussed, and these include resource efficiency, product life cycle, oceanic pollution, climate action and environmentally responsible production and consumption. Students are presented with the tools for material sourcing, evaluating and measuring environmental impacts. The outcomes will see students practicing using the different tools: the product environmental impact, life cycle assessment exercises, etc.

  • Environmental footprint

  • Environmental sustainability

  • Environmental Profit & Loss (EP&L)

  • Higgs MSI

  • Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA)

  • Mono-materials

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)

  • Systems thinking

  • Upcycling

  • Zero waste

Student’s Pre-Requisite Skills and Knowledge

Basic concepts of sustainability; Critical reflection on fashion and sustainability

Learning Goals


Understand the environmental impacts of fashion and its matters.


Environmental sustainability, openness to new things, materials, productive processes.

Pedagogical Approaches

Systemic thinking

Key Resources
  • Richetti, M., (2017). Neo-materials in the Circular Economy – Fashion. Milano: Edizioni Ambiente

  • Sass Brown:ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials

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