"I feel like we understand what plastic does to the Earth but I had no idea what cotton was capable of"
Let's face it - most of us are addicted to buying clothes, and often get excited about new collections released by major retailers/brands, as well as the disount seasons. And although major brands are coming up with better ways to deal with various aspects of their businesses, a lot of work still needs to be done. There is still a huge gap in consumer awareness on the negative impacts of the textile industry, more specifically, fast fashion.
Join us on the eve of Shanghai Fashion Week for a special screening, as Green Initiatives' 94th film screening presents, "Fashions' Dirty Secrets", a BBC documentary exploring the world of fashion to uncover the hidden costs of the addiction to fast fashion.
Stacey Dooley travels the world to investigate the true cost of fast fashion. She witnesses the disappearance of the Aral Sea is one of the biggest environmental disasters linked to the garment industry. What was once home to thousands of fish and wildlife is now a vast desert sparsely populated by the odd shrub or camel. It's cost thousands of local jobs, and the overall crippling environmental impact on everything from the weather to the health of the local community.
- 18:00-19:00 Registrations & networking
- 19:15-19:30 Green Initiatives introduction
- 19:15-20:15 Film screening
- 20:15-21:00 Panel discussion with Paul Iglesia, Vincent Djen and Isabelle Pascal (bio below)
Isabelle Pascal, Founder, Wuhao & Strategic Consultant for Fashion Brands
Background: Isabelle curated the shop in Beijing from 2009 to 2014. She makes << talents, ideas and business grow beautiful >>. Isabelle has been a strategic consultant since 2014, and loves developping innovative projects with a wide range of companies ranging, from start ups to luxury groups through government bodies, budding designers, mature brands, tech ventures, incubators and smart manufacturers. Isabelle is a relentless talent spotter and an advocate of Chinese Cool. She has been featured in 150+ media articles worldwide, including Dezeen and Casa de abitare, for her active contribution to the development of the emerging Chinese design and lifestyle scene.
Vincent Djen, Fashion Innovator, Connector & Collaborator
Background: Vincent is based in Shanghai, and started Fashionex for entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. He has been working with major lifestyle fashion brands as well as young startup fashion brands in the premium and mid market segment in Europe and North America in product development, innovation, and production for 13+ years via family business Cheng Kung. Vincent is also an advisor for Ryerson University's fashion accelerator and a regular guest speaker at fashion school, Istituto Marangoni in Shanghai.
Paul Iglesia, Founder, fliip Consulting, Co-Founder, BlueSheet & Fashcoin, Die-Hard Sustainability Advocate
Background: Paul has been focusing for the last few years on building an eco-system to assist fashion's transformation towards a fully sustainable industry, among other ventures.
Lin Zhang, Director, Head of Corporate Advisory & Innovation
Background: Lin is the co-founder & Head of Corporate Advisory and Innovation of The Natural Step China, where she is in charge of client projects delivery and oversees all local client relationship.
She is also the Director of China Circular Economy Lab, which is the first Sustainable Transition Lab in China using The Natural Step sustainability framework and methodology and Change Lab methodology from Stanford at the same time. Lin is highly analytic, and has rich and deep experiences in customer projects, such as Business Model Innovation in SmartGrid for energy company E.ON in Sweden, 3+ year long Sustainable Business Transformation Program for one of top 15 textile companies in China, Sustainability Visioning and strategy workshop for the world largest fabric shoe manufacturers, etc.
- Film does NOT come with Chinese subtitles.
- Entrance fee of ¥50 for all registered guests, that includes snacks, juice, and beer. ¥70 at-the-door for non-registered guests.
- ¥20 for students and interns (limited seats), with PRIOR REGISTRATION and student card.
- We have seating space only for 80 people although we have plenty of standing space. Please come in early to secure a seat.