Marist’s Ethical Fashion Initiative Takes a Stand During Sustainability Week

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of Marist College’s Sustainability Week is the fact that there is an event for everyone, regardless of their major. From the keystone speaker, Dr. Pollin, to a film night, and a workshop designed to help revamp old clothes to raise awareness regarding sustainable fashion, the events were designed incorporate the interests of students in all fields of study.

“The idea of sustainability can really be adaptable to all curriculums, ” said Steve Sansola, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Co-chair of the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee (CSAC). “In other words, you can be teaching a business class and the topic of conversation in the syllabus might be how our businesses are incorporating renewable and sustainable practices in business, and is it good for business? You can look at socially responsible investing, in a class dealing with that. Certainly also environmental science classes, and certainly social-psychological. There’s ways to incorporate it obviously.”

The involvement of Marist’s Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) exemplifies the fact that sustainability is important topic to keep in mind not only for Environmental Science students, but for Fashion majors, too. EFI played an important role in Sustainability Week by offering a “Repair and Destroy” workshop, held Wednesday, October 25th in the Student Center. During the event, Marist students were able to bring in old clothes that were either torn and needed mending or simply seeking to revamp an older piece instead of purchasing a new one. EFI would help them do so.


Samantha Jablonski mends a piece of clothing during Marist EFI’s “Repair and Destroy” event.

“The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world,” said Emily Gorini, a Fashion Merchandising major who was helping with the event. ” That’s definitely an issue that we need to fix. There are a lot of companies that are moving towards sustainability [in fashion].”

Samantha Jablonski, a Fashion Merchandising and Spanish student who is also involved in EFI, agreed. “It’s important because it’s not just something that effects the fashion department, but the whole campus,” she said. “Everybody goes out and buys clothes.”

Though Sustainability Week ends Friday, the ongoing efforts to make the Marist campus a more sustainable community will continue. Join Marist in helping take care of our planet; it is the only one we have!

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