CFDA launches Sustainability Committee

Monday, 22 April 2013

The Council of Fashion Designers of America has launched its first sustainability committee, to mark Earth Day, as the organisation continues its commitment to sustainable fashion. The aim of the new committee is to “foster and support sustainability measures” in the fashion industry and to encourage CFDA members to engage in more environmentally responsible design practices through “mentorship, education and collaboration”.

The committee will be co-chaired by designers Scott Mackinlay Hahn, of Rogan/Loomstate, and jeweller Melissa Joy Manning, alongside steering committee members Maria Cornejo, Victoria Bartlett, Pamela Love, and Tina Lutz, with the aim of “inspiring and empowering designers” to take practical steps toward sustainable design.

As part of its sustainable commitment, the CFDA will be hosting a series of seminars led by guest experts on topics such as implementing sustainable practices for their brands, reducing waste and the handling of raw materials. The first will be a Google+ hangout this week featuring the co-chairs and actress Amber Valletta.