Date of Award
Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project
Dr. Emily Plec
Honors Program Director
Dr. Gavin Keulks
It’s not uncommon to hear that major steps need to be taken by 2030 before the effects of climate change become irreversible. The clothing production industry is a major contributor to these problems. This project focuses on sustainable fashion. After giving a brief background on the climate crisis, it analyzes what fast fashion is doing in terms of the harm it has on the environment, focusing on common negative practices in clothing production. The discussion then turns to the environmental impacts of sustainable fashion, examples of business strategies, various sustainable clothing brands, and methods in clothing production that can sustain the environment. The last topic is the positive aspects of building a sustainable fashion brand. The desire is to continually highlight the positives of making clothing design and production sustainable to encourage companies to follow suit. The end goal is to provide a compelling argument as to why a company should integrate sustainability into its business. In order to make the greatest impact on various fashion companies, they may be sent the end product created in an effort to communicate a way for them to be more environmentally friendly while reducing the research that the companies would have to do as much as possible. The goal of this is to make the incorporation of sustainability easier for companies. Although it is unrealistic to expect to overhaul any company's production methods with this work, the hope is that this research can enact some positive change in the world.
Kassebaum, Margaret L., "Dressed for Disaster: An Advocacy for Sustainability in a Fast Fashion World" (2022). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 264.