Maria Cornejo was honored with the 2018 Sustainability Award at this year’s Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars. The Chilean born designer is known for designing incredibly beautiful garments made “by women for women” as well as for her eco packaging options and carbon neutral shipping. Among her fans are Michelle Obama and Marisa Tomei.
In her acceptance speech Cornejo said:
“It is really rewarding to be creative with less and to create things that are desirable to women of all sizes. To embrace women and make them feel good about themselves”
According to Nate Aden, senior fellow at World Resources Institute about five percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from this sector. That is about the equivalent to the impact from the aviation sector or about equal to Russia’s emissions.
Very inexpensive one season garments or “fast fashion” is a lot of the cause of the higher emissions in this sector. According to Nature we are buying 60% more than we were in 2000. However, the progress within the industry is coming primarily due to individual choices but with more designers and manufacturers making commitments to sustainability, this ship can be turned.
Source: Zero + Maria Cornejo