Sustainability Report: Apparel Industry Evolves on Environment

Will hoover

Twenty years ago, when FIDM Instructor Will Hoover attended the trade show Magic in Las Vegas, "environmental or organic were just words on the hang tag," used for marketing garments but relatively meaningless. Now, nearly every course he teaches in the second year of the Apparel Industry Management program, touches on serious issues of sustainability. Though keeping down costs is still a priority, apparel companies care more about a garment's life cycle now from a moral point of view. Manufacturers recognize that, "We're building garments and putting them in the ground," says Hoover, and they are trying to change that process.

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