From 4 – 28 November, coinciding with this Climate Critical month of November and aligning with the key messages of COP26, The Sustainable Angle’s curation of installations, workshops and panels will focus on the power of fashion and textiles to spotlight and communicate the most pressing concerns of our times.
Activities and installations will engage visitors in new narratives that illustrate, inform and exemplify the overarching themes of climate, waste and regeneration.
The Sustainable Angle takeover will bring together visionary organisations, educational resources, workshops, screenings and talks. It will also give visitors the opportunity to experience physical interaction with making, digital media and the discovery of innovations that are poised to positively change our currently wasteful and extractive relationship with the natural resources that form our material world.
The Lab E20 is a new creative hub in East Village London, designed in partnership with RÆBURN.
The Sustainable Angle’s November takeover is part of PREVIEW, developed by Future City, a six-month programme of exhibitions, events and experiences designed to educate and inspire sustainable living. This month’s programme includes:
The Sustainable Angle will be in The Lab E20, 3-4 East Park Walk, every week throughout November from Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm. For more details and event timings visit The Lab E20 page, and follow on Instagram and Twitter for the latest news and updates on detailed event timings and guest speakers.
Nina Marenzi, Founder and Director of The Sustainable Angle and Future Fabrics Expo, says: “For the last 10 years, the Future Fabrics Expo is the place to find solutions for sourcing textiles that are more sustainably and responsibly produced. We facilitate and support a re-imagined fashion industry where creativity and designing for sustainability contribute positively to people and planet. As much as fashion is currently part of the problem, it must be part of the solution by following regenerative and restorative principles, a circular systems approach and sustainable design: it has the potential to be a force for positive change to help tackle the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and depletion of finite resources. The apparel industry must reduce its emissions, stop causing pollution and abusing labour rights, but beyond that needs to strive to be a vehicle for change, towards a future where those who create, manufacture, communicate and experience fashion are empowered to be change makers.”
Amanda Johnston, Curator and Consultant The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabrics Expo, adds: “Materials really matter: they represent the beginning of the design journey, embodying tactile promise, expressing the creativity and substance of new fashion products. They also account for highly significant impacts across the supply chain. We need to urgently rethink our relationship with the resources that provide our material needs, and actively engage in positive sourcing and practices that diversify our fibre basket and limit and tackle waste intelligently. The Future Fabrics Expo provides the inspiration, knowledge and solutions that look forward to a new materials landscape, and the birth of responsible and regenerative systems and models for the future of fashion.”
Commenting on The Future Fabrics Expo, The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “London is an international fashion capital, and although the pandemic has presented real challenges to the industry, it will play a crucial role in our economic recovery. The Future Fabrics Expo has helped to showcase the use of sustainable materials in our capital for the last 10 years, and it continues to inform, promote and connect designers and brands with suppliers so they can use the power of fashion to positively impact on our world.”
The Sustainable Angle is a Swiss not-for-profit organisation and founders of #FutureFabricsExpo. We initiate and support projects that contribute to lowering the environmental and social impacts of industry and society, with a particular focus on sustainability in Fashion and Textiles and related industries such as food and agriculture.
The Sustainable Angle has organised the Future Fabrics Expo since 2011, and in 2018 set up a UK Ltd company to enable the logistical and organisational aspects of the Future Fabrics Expo showcase. It is partly supported by The Sustainable Angle.
The Future Fabrics VIRTUAL Expo is an online discovery and sourcing platform for sustainable textiles and materials. VIRTUAL Expo users can access thousands of featured materials that have a reduced environmental impact. Each fabric is listed with technical specifications and sustainability focused information, making it a valuable tool for both designers and buyers new to the area, as well as those with established sourcing strategies.