Earth Day Live:

How New York State’s Historic Fashion Act Hopes to Change the Fashion Industry for Good

MAY 13, 1:00 PM EST

It is well established that the $2.5 trillion USD global fashion industry is one of the most far reaching, omnipresent, and negatively impactful of all industries. The industry operates through a convoluted and opaque supply chain, and is largely unregulated. It contributes disproportionately to greenhouse gas emissions, microplastic ocean pollution, toxic chemical use, depletion of soil, deforestation and landfill waste.

The Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act (The Fashion Act) aims to be the first of its kind, a groundbreaking policy addressing the fashion industry in the fashion capital of the world. By creating a global foundation for the fashion industry’s environmental and social practices, The Fashion Act’s objective is to put an end to its destructive impacts on the environment and exploitation of garment factory workers around the world.

This webinar asks the questions: what does the Fashion Act intend to regulate, what does it demand of apparel manufacturers, how will it hold brands accountable, what is needed next, and – along with other legislation around the globe such as the new European Union Strategy for Textiles – can it begin to reshape the environmental landscape of the Earth for future generations to come.  


Moderator: Brittany Sierra

Founder & CEO, Sustainable Fashion Forum

Maxine Bedat: 

Executive Director at New Standard Institute  

Author, Unraveled: The Life and Death of a Garment 

Michelle Gabriel: 

Educator and Researcher  

Glasgow Caledonian New York College 

The Honorable Anna R. Kelles 

New York State Assembly  125th Assembly District