Despite demand from consumers, brand opportunity and environmental imperative, many fashion brands are dragging their feet to be sustainable in a meaningful way. Hopefully, Australian brands will be supported to speed up progress and take necessary action due to a new textile trade fair ‘RawAssembly’ which is headed into its third year in 2020.
8% of the worlds greenhouse gases are created by the fashion & textile industry, this impact is expected to increase by 49% by 2030 and over the last 15 years, there has been a 36% decrease in the utilized lifespan of peoples clothing. Although a major source of employment, most of the 60 to 75 million people employed in the global textile industry do not have contracts, fixed schedules or access to labour laws. While these statistics can seem a world away from Australians and their fashion choices, with a population of 23.5 million and annual fashion retails sales of 21 billion dollars, Australians are the world’s second-largest consumers of fashion and textiles.
RawAssembly believes the only way to have a meaningful impact in such a large industry is to create a platform where only sustainable textile solutions and business practices are showcased directly to the fashion & textile industry in a way that reflects current trade events and promotes creativity.
RawAssembly is an innovative fashion & textile industry-sourcing event, dedicated to transforming the way in which raw materials are sourced, processed and consumed. At the heart of RawAssembly are two key strategies to create an impact in the fashion & textile industry. Firstly, the development of responsible-sourcing opportunities in only sustainable textiles and sustainable textile business practices. The second is to educate and shape the ethical values and attitudes of the visitors and exhibitors that participate in RawAssembly events.
RawAssembly seeks to create opportunities for brands, manufacturers and individuals to make changes to their professional practice that promote and enhance the sustainability of the fashion and garment industry. RawAssembly aims to break the mould of the standard tradeshow and create an experience that empowers its visitors to affect change.
RawAssembly embraces the idea that no one is perfect and that at best, we are all on a journey of continuous improvement. RawAssembly aims to connect with the widest range of individuals and organizations that are on their own path of commitment towards greater sustainability. RawAssembly believes that by accepting and respecting different stages towards greater sustainability, the industry can develop better-shared commitment.
RawAssembly recognizes Collaboration as a process of working together to create something new in support of a shared vision. RawAssembly also recognizes that our collective commercial interests cannot only be enhanced through effective collaboration but is a necessity when we consider the environmental and ethical impact of the fashion and garment industries. RawAssembly aims to unite stakeholders under a vision of an industry that we can all be proud of and one that is not competitive at the expense of our ethical or environmental future.
Animal & Environmental Stewardship
RawAssembly is a Fur & Leather free event.
There is no hiding from the fact that the apparel industry is globally the second largest producer of waste and with Australia being the second-largest purchaser of fashion apparel it puts a huge responsibility on Australians to step up and try to meet the SDG goals.Patricia Garcia AO
Founder and former National Manager United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Sustainable Development Goals programme
“There is no hiding from the fact that the apparel industry is globally the second largest producer of waste and with Australia being the second-largest purchaser of fashion apparel it puts a huge responsibility on Australians to step up and try to meet the SDG goals” – Patricia Garcia AO – Founder and former National Manager United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Sustainable Development Goals programme
The second edition of RawAssembly was held in October 2019 in Melbourne, with an extended portfolio of exhibitors and fabric showcase companies, the event also saw a comprehensive industry speaker schedule. There were 462 visitors in total over the two-day period, which compared to the RawAssembly launch event in April, 2019, saw an increase of 32%, indicating more brands and producers are looking to source differently and educate themselves further on sustainability.The third edition of RawAssembly will be held at Carriageworks, Sydney on 7th & 8th April 2020. To find out more go here.
Photography by Joel Chen, courtesy of RawAssembly.