Who Made My Clothes?

Green Biz

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On Friday, April 24th, from 6:15-9:30pm, local small businesses, activists, and students will come together in the Twin Cities to participate in Fashion Revolution Day on the anniversary of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Collapse. This will be Minnesota’s first Fashion Revolution Day event, to be held at the Minnesota Textile Center in Minneapolis.

Learn more: www.fashrevmpls.eventbrite.com

About Fashion Revolution
On 24 April 2013, 1133 sweatshop workers were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. On April 24th, over 60 countries around the world will participate in Fashion Revolution Day- a change to take a stand against unethical labor practices and declare that we care who made our clothes!

Many local small businesses that sell ethical goods will be participating in and/or supporting the event, including Ten Thousand Villages in St Paul, Hackwith Design House, and Global Mamas.

About the event

The main feature of the evening’s program is a viewing of Cotton Road, an award-winning documentary film which follows the commodity of cotton from South Carolina farms to Chinese factories to illuminate the work and industrial processes in a global supply chain. This will be the film’s Minnesota premiere.

The evening will also include a runway show, organized by local eco-fashion organization Sol Inspirations — local ethical companies will be on hand in the event’s marketplace offering ethical clothing, accessories, and more!

For more information: www.fashrevmpls.eventbrite.com

Cindy Gilbert / Director

Cindy Gilbert is the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. The MASD program blends theory, practice and leadership into a holistic, hands-on learning experience that culminates in student-driven thesis work that brings novel, sustainability-focused products and services to fruition.

Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry. She is founder of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Most recently, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana.