The High Social Cost of Cheap Clothing, and the Urban Policy Challenge It Presents

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Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Fast fashion is BIG business — global, multibillion-dollar, apparel manufacturing that’s causing a host of problems.

Quick Facts:

  • Every year 12.8 trillion tons of clothing is sent to US landfills, where they leave toxic chemicals and dyes to contaminate local soil and groundwater.       
  • The fashion industry is the world’s second largest polluter, behind only the oil industry.
  • 1 in 6 people work in the global fashion industry; the vast majority are young women and minors earning less than $3 per day.
  • Only 10% of clothes people donate to charity, consignment, or thrift stores get sold. What happens to the rest? It ends up in landfills.

This first in the Cornwall Center's City Dialogues series will feature Bridgett Artise, a creative lifestyle and fashion entrepreneur, and an expert panel of Rutgers-Newark faculty:

  • Kevin Lyons, Associate Professor of Professional Practice
  • Mary Rizzo, Associate Director of Public and Digital Humanities Initiatives
  • Tavy Ronen, Associate Professor and Director of Business of Fashion Programs

John Cotton Dana Library

Dana Room - 4th Floor

185 University Avenue

Newark, NJ 07102