Nottingham Business School launches ‘Spring Collection’ to tackle the issue of fast fashion

Undergraduate students from Nottingham Business School (NBS) will be taking part in a series of events this Spring to raise awareness of the social and environmental impacts of fast fashion.

The Spring Collection follows on from the #NBSdiscover project, which saw more than 1,600 first year students examine the prevalence of fast fashion in Nottingham city centre as part of their university induction last October.

The events run from 12 February until 18 March and include a series of clothes repair workshops in conjunction with Nottingham Trent University’s Green Academy and a Style Swap Event which requires students to bring along up to five items of quality clothing to swap with their course mates.

There will also be guest lectures by a range of influential representatives from the fashion industry. These will include Roderick Bradley, Creative Director and founder of PlayerLayer, a Nottingham based company which specialises in designing, manufacturing and customising sports kit; and Sarah Jackson, a fashion buying consultant, trend forecaster, stylist and fashion lecturer.

Throughout the entire period collection boxes will be located in NBS’ Newton building for students and staff to donate clothes to Sharewear, a charity which provides emergency clothing, shoes and bedding to people in crisis throughout Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Amanda Thompson, Director of Taught Undergraduate Programmes at NBS, at Nottingham Trent University, said:

“The idea is that the Spring Collection will further raise students’ consciousness of the problems stemming from the fast fashion industry and introduce them to sustainable business practices aimed at addressing the issues.

“We also hope to influence students to think more carefully about the environmental and social impacts of fast fashion as consumers and rent not buy, buy less, swap, buy second hand, or repair.”

NBS is currently celebrating four decades of innovation in business education and is committed to creating responsible and sustainable leaders. UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are fully integrated into its curriculum, research and partnerships. Along with #NBSDiscover, the Business School runs a number of initiatives to encourage staff, students and other institutions to become more sustainable.

The School was recently named as a Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Champion for the second time, serving as a model example to other higher education institutions globally.


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