There is more to sustainability than just changing the way we consume resources like energy and food. It can also be applied to how we produce and consume fashion.
Earlier this July, mallgoers at SM Megamall had the rare opportunity to learn about sustainable fashion through the Fashion Revolution Exhibit at the Mega Fashion Hall. This joint project of the Embassy of Sweden in Manila and SM Supermalls featured products from Swedish brands currently leading the global movement toward a more sustainable fashion industry.
Fast-fashion label H&M (short for Hennes & Mauritz) showcased a variety of garments made with sustainably sourced fabrics. Among them are Orange Fiber and Piñatex, which come from citrus-juice byproducts and pineapple leaf fiber, respectively.
There were also dresses made from organic linen, organic silk, recycled polyester, and Tencel, a cellulosic fiber produced from sustainable wood pulp. Finally, a pair of slippers made with Bloom Foam, a plant-based flexible foam that uses algae biomass from freshwater sources.
Also on display were outerwear from Houdini and bags from Fjallraven that were manufactured using organic materials, and adorable Baby Bjorn baby carriers that were made from recycled PET bottles.
The items displayed show how much companies can do to be more earth-friendly without losing functionality and style.
Filipino artist and designer Patis Tesoro, who is also known for her upcycling advocacy, showcased three textile art pieces made of various fabrics sewn together to create beautiful and intricate
tapestries. Her take on the Malong Landap highlights the Maranao culture and Islamic architecture, while the delicate abaca pieces were salvaged from flooding in Aklan.
Catch the Fashion Revolution Exhibit at S Maison in Pasay City on July 26-August 2.