Can New Fabrics Reduce the Environmental Cost of Clothing?
About the Speaker
Karin Hazelkorn works with companies to build more sustainable textiles, apparel and footwear with a focus on new fiber development, natural dyes and environmental impact. She has held positions at apparel and global technology companies in strategic planning, business development, marketing and operations for more than 20 years. Karin received her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with advanced coursework from The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She serves on the Board of Directors of the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
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The Lounge Lecture series, hosted alongside the current exhibit
What do orange peels, coffee grinds, algae and spider silk have to do with clothing?
These, and dozens of other resources, are the subject of research by scientists and brands investigating new materials to reduce CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production.
Apparel companies and the fashion industry have come under the microscope for their poor environmental performance and contribution to the climate crisis. There have been improvements, but clothing and footwear brands are far from sustainable.
Experts have identified environmental and ethical issues with not only synthetic fabrics, but also with natural fibers. According to the UN, it takes 3,781 liters of water to make a pair of jeans, from cotton production to product delivery to the store. In this talk Karin Hazelkorn will shed light on innovative solutions and provide examples from agriculture to laboratories that are making the transition from R&D to large scale apparel production.