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Sustainable Fashion – Transparency Power Hour

April 18 @ 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Free

Join us at USF Patel Center for Global Solutions to discuss the importance of transparency in fashion as part of a series of Fashion Revolution events in Tampa.

Sustainable Fashion is a growing field that takes into account the use of natural and recycled materials and fibers in producing clothing and accessories in a stylistic, but non-polluting, waste reductive, and resourceful way. The Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida is proud to partner with Fashion Revolution and Beyond The Label to highlight this movement towards a more environmentally and ethically conscious direction in the fashion industry. Our academic foci on the Food-Energy-Water Nexus, Systems Thinking, Sustainable Business, and Bio-resource Management fits well into the goals of sustainable fashion and reminds us that what we wear is just as important as the food we eat, the water we drink, or the air we breathe.

The event will start promptly at 4:45. Founder of Beyond the Label and Author of How to Shop for Shi(f)t, Taryn Hipwell, will introduce local sustainable fashion panelists, including USF alumni Ericka Leigh founder of Sewn Apart. We will show trailers of the films The True Costand RiverBlue along with teasers from Fashion Revolution and Beyond the Label. The experts will share their personal knowledge of “Who made my clothes?” and “What’s in your tee?” as well as why transparency in fashion is important, how sustainable fashion relates to other industries including the food industry, and how to look for the ingredients in all of the clothing you wear and how this affects the people that make your clothes. This event will also serve as the official book launch on Amazon for BtL’s How to Shop for Shi(f)t – The shopping guide of healthier fashion for any budget! as part of Fashion Revolution Week.

Fashion Revolution is a global organization with the mission to unite people and organizations to work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way.

Beyond the Label is a charitable organization that addresses the question “What’s in my tee?” to encourage shoppers to consider what their T-shirt is made of and how their purchase affects the world, workers and themselves.

The University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainabilityis USF’s newest degree-grant college focused on achieving sustainable development, both locally and globally through community and education.


Introduction to Local Experts: Taryn Hipwell – Founder of Beyond the Label / Author of How to Shop for Shi(f)t, Ericka Leigh – Founder of Sewn Apart, TBD

Trailers that will be shown: Fashion Revolution #whomademyclothes, Beyond the Label #whatsinmytee, The True Cost, RiverBlue

Book Launch: How to Shop for Shi(f)t – The shopping guide of healthier fashion for any budget!

Networking with Local Businesses after the Power Hour: Networking will commence after the event. Local businesses and experts will be in attendance to share events happening in Tampa and St. Pete during Fashion Revolution Week April 22 – 27th as well as Earthday events on the USF campus.

On behalf of Fashion Revolution and Beyond the Label, we are very excited to share the importance of transparency in fashion, and why consumers have the power to expect more from brands. All brands should be held accountable to share Who made my clothes? and What’s in my tee/clothes?

A very special thank you to Patel College of Global Sustainability for acknowledging the connections between the Fashion Industry and the Food Industry, clean energy, and safe clean water.

4202 East Fowler Avenue, CGS 101

Tampa, Florida 33620


April 18
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
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4202 East Fowler Avenue, CGS 101 
Tampa, FL 33620 United States
Sustainable Fashion – Transparency Power Hour