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Sustainability in Fashion – Curating an Ethically Conscious Closet
September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
Please join Wilton Library and Wilton Go Green for a panel discussion of Sustainability in Fashion. Did you know that Americans throw away nearly 11.3 million tons of textile waste each year? That equates to roughly 2,150 pieces of clothing per second. Synthetic fabrics used in fast fashion account for one-fifth of all the plastic produced globally, exposing us to forever chemicals and filling the oceans with microplastics. The average American only wears a garment 7-10 times before throwing it away. Only a very small percentage of discarded clothing is re-used or recycled. Come explore the effects of fast fashion on the environment and vulnerable populations on a global scale. There are ways each of us can shop smarter, lengthen the life of our clothes and commit to brands who put the welfare of their employees and the planet first. Attendees can enter a drawing for a chance to win a private shopping party with 9 friends at the Turnover Shop! Style and shopping support as well as light snacks and refreshments provided.
Our panel discussion includes Sandra Finkelstein, Grace Lanning, Sharon Sobel and Savonna Bocchino.
Sandra Finkelstein, Creative and Strategic Fashion Brand Leader, has deep expertise in the women’s, men’s and kids apparel industry, with over 35 years of successfully building powerful brand concepts. Grace Lanning, Denim and Childrenswear Designer, has over 15 years of experience in fashion design and has worked for companies such as Chaps Ralph Lauren, Oshkosh B’Gosh and Kal Rieman. Sharon Sobel, President of the Turnover Shop of Wilton Inc., has lived in Wilton for 38 years and has been President since 1991. Savona Bocchino is a junior at Wilton High School where she leads the WHS Green Team. Her interest in fashion and dedication to sustainability motivated her to launch her own Poshmark account in 9th grade aimed at reducing consumption.