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Education could reduce fashion industry’s carbon footprint and influence consumer behavior

Education could reduce fashion industry’s carbon footprint and influence consumer behavior

All fabrics used by KaylaLynn Apparel are made in the U.S. and Europe and are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified, meaning it has been tested for harmful substances and is harmless to human health. Photo courtesy of Kayla Sherman. By Ava Borskey BATON ROUGE, LA — When Bruce Cameron began teaching a sustainability class at the University of Wyoming in the ‘90s, he was pioneering a less-often offered course about the fashion industry’s impact on the environment.   “It's evolved completely since then,” Cameron said. “Just about everybody has a class of this form if they have an apparel merchandising type of program on the campus....

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“The Industry is Pretty Burnt Out, but so is the Planet” Personal Profile: Kayla Kobilis

By Connor Fallon  Kayla Kobilis was one of the thousands of college graduates in Ohio in 2021, but her impact goes beyond that of the average student. Kobilis graduated from Kent State University’s School of Fashion, where she majored in fashion design with a focus on sustainability.    Kobilis created seven exceptional looks for her Senior BFA Collection, called “ANTHROPOGENIC”,

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Education could reduce fashion industry’s carbon footprint and influence consumer behavior

When Bruce Cameron began teaching a sustainability class at the University of Wyoming in the ‘90s, he was pioneering a less-often offered course about the fashion industry’s impact on the environment.

“It’s evolved completely since then,” Cameron said. “Just about everybody has a class of this form if they have an apparel merchandising type of program on the campus.”

Today, nearly 25 years later, Cameron serves as head of the Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising department at Louisiana State University, where he still teaches a sustainability in apparel course.

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How climate change is creating the new normal of California wildfires

Wildfires are getting bigger and wildfire seasons are getting longer as a result of the impact of climate change. The recent massive heatwave across the Western United States set new heat records on top of a decades long megadrought. The high temperatures and dry conditions makes California the perfect environment for massive wildfires.

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Organic cotton farming proves to have environmental benefits, yet still lacks popularity among cotton farmers and businesses

When the cold weather comes around and people start searching for their most durable and fashionable heavy coats, brands such as Patagonia and Everlane are among the best rated clothing brands worn. However, in addition to being top manufactures for outdoor wear, Patagonia and Everlane are also renowned for their sustainable and transparent production practices, zero waste initiatives and environmental activism. Furthermore, they are celebrated for their commitment to using organic cotton over conventionally grown cotton.

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‘The real threat is not taking action’: Experts say renewable energy poses an opportunity, not a threat, to Louisiana

Local economic and environmental experts say it’s time for Louisiana to join the global shift to renewable energy, both to ease coastal erosion and to offset the economic and job losses that now seem inevitable. The state ranks 38th in the country in renewable energy production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Experts warn that if Louisiana continues to move more slowly than other states, it could lose business and jobs to the others.

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