- Noise reduction paneling for college dorm walls.
- An app so you know when students in your class are studying the material, to better build group study techniques.
- Erasable wall marker to decorate dorm rooms.
- Student-run dorm room cleaning service.
- Some way to reuse cardboard on campus, because of AMAZON.
When most individuals think of sustainability in the fashion industry, the most commonly associate terms like “recycling” and “organic material.” Sustainability has a much wider span in the textile industry than the materials used in production. While we are accustomed to the working conditions in the United States, many other nations have not met the same standards. Frequently, we hear a greenwashed account of the progression that is being made by larger companies to provide a more sustainable brand and product.
Many smaller agencies and initiatives are working to shed light on one of the most prominent concerns regarding eco-friendly products: Human rights and worker safety. One of the cheapest places for companies to manufacture clothing in Bangladesh, which has been an epicenter of media coverage, especially since the 2013 Rana Plaza Collapse. When an 8 story manufacturing plant crumbled, 1,100 people died and 2,000 were severely injured. Due to this tragedy, the Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh was created, legally ordering better conditions within manufacturing facilities. “In 2018, the Accord reported progress on 84% of remediation measures to reduce life-threatening safety concerns, such as proper fire exits and alarms and structural factory retrofitting.” (1) The effects of this incident have caused waves beyond Bangladesh as well.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a multinational group adopted a set of guidelines in 2017 addressing; “some of the most salient topics in the garment supply chain: child labor, forced labor, workers’ wages and collective bargaining agreements.” (1). While many groups are working to improve working conditions, in developed nations, the appeal of fast fashion still remains a prevalent issue. The goal of profit maximization matters more to large corporations as opposed to consideration of ethical values. We must seek to decrease costs of clothing and manufacturing, after making the necessary changes to ensure worker safety. Using sustainable materials has grown increasingly important in the textile industry, but overall, human safety should still be the key concern in regards to ethical production.