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SUST-319 Sustainability and Fashion

3 Credits

Spurred by the immense popularity of fast fashion, the apparel industry is the second most polluting industry in the world today after oil. Increasing news coverage of factory disasters and child workers throughout the second-and third-tier economies that supply Western countries with trendy apparel has also alerted a global audience to the appalling labor practices of a trade that employs one-sixth of the world’s population. This course explores key issue areas in sustainable fashion, such as workers’ rights, environmental degradation, corporate responsibility and consumer awareness.