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Earn a fashion sustainability certificate at upcoming USFIA and Material Exchange workshop

Press Release, New York, NY – October 19, 2022 — As traditional fashion sourcing methods change, it is essential that brands have a substantive plan for sustainability. But how can you educate yourself and stay up to date in this dynamic field without going back to school? Material Exchange’s upcoming Fashion Assessment and Impact-Reduction Workshop – hosted in partnership with the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) – offers a prime opportunity for fashion professionals to not only gain knowledge around sustainable solutions within the industry, but also learn how to adopt these measurable actions into their workflows.

The Fashion Assessment and Impact-Reduction Workshop is an all-day event which will be held in-person at Glasgow-Caledonian New York College (GCNYC)’s Soho campus in Manhattan, NY on Wednesday, November 9th, 2022. The six-hour class, designed specifically for fashion professionals, will explore tangible steps fashion businesses can take to start measuring and effecting change in the sustainability and life cycles of their products.

“This workshop is focused on teaching companies the how’s of measuring material, production, and transportation impacts and offering ways those impacts can be assessed and reduced,” says Material Exchange‘s VP of Sustainability Andrea Kennedy. “We’re thrilled to be working with the USFIA on impact-reduction strategies as together we can support companies across the globe on their sustainability journeys.”

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Taught by sustainability experts and educators from Material Exchange, Higg Index, Made2Flow, Flexport, and JFG Consulting, this workshop will cover topics including implementing sustainable design strategies; calculating transportation, material, and product impacts; assessing hotspots; shifting to responsible sourcing methods; adopting a circular business model; and creating engaging take-back plans. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion endorsed by Material Exchange and USFIA.

“As fashion industry executives head to New York City to discuss the key issues we will face in the year ahead, USFIA is pleased to partner with Material Exchange to offer a workshop that is the perfect opportunity for fashion professionals to learn detailed strategies to manage sustainable sourcing and design,” says Julia Hughes, President at USFIA. “Our 2022 Benchmarking Survey found that brands and retailers are committed to allocating more resources for sustainability and this workshop will allow companies to move deeper into their sustainability journey.”

The Fashion Assessment and Impact-Reduction Workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 9th from 10 AM to 4 PM EST in-person at GCNYC, 64 Wooster Street, New York, NY. The certificate workshop kicks off the USFIA’s annual Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference, which will be held the following day.

About Material Exchange​

Material Exchange is a Digital Sourcing Platform (DSP) that’s accelerating a global transformation to sustainable and ethical footwear and apparel by building the best fashion sourcing team in the industry who – with the use of our software – is helping brands make smarter, more sustainable choices in a fraction of the time.

About USFIA​

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is dedicated to fashion made possible by global trade and more specifically, works to eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the fashion industry’s ability to trade freely and create jobs in the United States. 

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