Author:
Kristi Heil

Nature Talks "The environmental impact of the textile industry: can the throwaway culture be stopped?"

Designer Reet Aus will discuss the textile industry's environmental impact at the Nature Talks at the University of Tartu Natural History Museum. The event will occur on Wednesday, 12 April, at 6 pm.   

The fashion industry is estimated to account for 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Chemicals and microplastics from garment production pollute water bodies. The production and consumption of clothing are based on a business model that favours the use of cheap and readily available raw materials, energy, and labour. Various analyses show that 73% of the clothing produced and consumed worldwide ends up in landfills every year. Reet Aus presents the background of the fashion industry at the April Nature Night. 

Reet Aus is a PhD-qualified fashion designer and environmental activist, a natural rebel who founded REET AUS COLLECTION® and THE UPSHIRT®. She is a pioneer in the field of industrial upcycling for fashion, and has developed the UPMADE® certification, in order to pass on her knowledge to brands and factories.

Reet’s guiding mission in life is to save the fashion industry from itself, and to show that there is a way of ending the throwaway culture that causes so much waste and destruction around the world. Reet is reducing the environmental footprint of the industry she loves. Change is possible - it starts with you.

Nature Talks "The environmental impact of the textile industry: can the throwaway culture be stopped?" will occur on 12 April at 6 pm at the University of Tartu Natural History Museum. The Nature Evening will start with an audience brainstorming session on eco-friendly consumption. The participation fee is 3 euros.

The Environmental Investment Centre supports Nature Talks.

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