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SDGs for Better Fashion
Description/achievement of initiative

The environmental and social implications of fashion production and disposal, make it of high relevance to integrate the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals into this industry, to make it fully sustainable and positive for people and the ecosystem. The aim of the commitment, is to integrate the UN SDGs in this industry, to tackle the environmental and social issues related to clothing production and consumption: Implementation of sustainable design strategies, promoting the use of sustainable technologies and appropriate resource management throughout the textile supply chain, proposing new business models and engaging with consumers for better consumption habits.

Implementation methodologies

SDGs for better fashion, will engage with: 1. Students: Providing knowledge about the SDGs and the relation to fashion to Fashion design-related students from universities, since they will be the front force of the market in the next years. 2. Companies: Lectures in industry events and conferences and through tailor-made workshops and individual advisory to help fashion and textile companies align their sustainable initiatives and reporting to the aims of the SDGs. 3. Consumers: Engaging with consumers is crucial to the realization of sustainable initiatives. Consumers will be engaged through lectures and exhibitions open for the public.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Capacity Building will be done in person and remotely, trough lectures and workshops; as well as with public exhibitions. Furthermore, we will make use of technology to expand our reach online through Webinars and social media communication.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The initiative "SDGs for Better Fashion" will be coordinated by Mutual adjustment; where the members of the staff will conduct the activities interdependently and communicate with each other of the progress.


Progress reports
Goal 4
4.7 - By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
Goal 9
9.4 - By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
Goal 12
12.2 - By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
12.4 - By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
12.5 - By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
12.6 - Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle
12.8 - By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature
Goal 13
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
2019 April
Create Consumer Awareness by offering Free Webinar during the international campaign "Fashion Revolution Week"
April 2019
Reach 100 fashion design students through the SDGs for Fashion workshop.
December 2018
Engage in at least 3 public events to reach consumers via keynote or exhibition.
December 2022
Integrate and measure at least 3 SDG targets into every consulting project from 2020-2022, e.g. sustainable material selection, codes of conducts and research projects.
December 2022
Continue increasing Consumer Awareness and the knowledge of sustainability and the SDGs with the general population through free resources and a special focus on Latin America.
December 2022
Reach 100+ fashion design educators and students with SDGs for Fashion workshops: Circular Fashion and the SDGs, Ethical Fashion and the SDGs
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff with an expertise in: fashion design and garment construction, sustainable agriculture practices for textiles, sustainable fashion business and communications & sustainable supply chain management.

Basic information
Time-frame: January 2018 - December 2030
Contact information
Melissa O de Leon, Co-founder / Initiative Manager, melissa@regeneratefashion.com
United Nations