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Sustainable Fashion Fabrics

Sustainable Fashion Fabrics

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Nina Marenzi, Amanda Johnston


If you are thinking about introducing more sustainable materials and processes into your business or just want to understand what is available then this course is the perfect opportunity. Led by The Sustainable Angle, the day will give you an overview of the key issues the fashion and textile industries face around sustainability.

The course will include a unique opportunity to handle a selection of materials from The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabrics Expo, an extensive, sustainable, materials collection of commercially available fabrics, low impact leathers and leather alternatives.  Each material is accompanied with detailed information about the mill that produced it, outlining the initiatives and production methods that help lower its key impacts.  Globally recognized certifications are also held by many of the mills, and the significance of these accreditations, and what to look out for when sourcing will also be outlined. 
The tutors will also share some of the latest sustainable material innovations and new emerging technologies that are poised to challenge the currently limited choice of fibres and fabrics, and encourage future thinking when it comes to sustainable sourcing. 
The course includes:

  • An overview of sustainability and an understanding of the impacts of our materials choices
  • An overview of the key issues the fashion and textiles industry faces
  • Access for the day to the materials from The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabrics Expo
  • Outline of the Key differences between naturally grown, artificially regenerated and synthetic man-made fibres.
  • Sustainability impact of - Provenance, processing and ‘end of life’
  • Discussion on the impact of new emerging technologies
  • A materials comparison exercise - Opportunities to discover alternatives to encourage diversity of fibre choices


Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Nina Marenzi is Founder and Creator of The Sustainable Angle. While Nina was researching for her dissertation ‘Organic Cotton: Reasons Why the Fashion Industry is Dragging its Heels’ for her MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development at Imperial College, she interviewed numerous fashion designers, representatives of the textiles industry, and NGOs. As a result, the need for a curated sustainable textiles showcase became apparent and the Future Fabrics Expo was born. Nina has previously worked as a consultant on various environmental policy initiatives, and set up The Sustainable Angle in 2010 to initiate and support projects aimed at reducing the environmental impact of industry.

Amanda Johnston is Curator and Education Consultant of The Sustainable Angle. Having curated the sustainable textiles collection and Future Fabrics Expo since its inception Amanda has a background in design consultancy and education, and has co-authored two books: Fabric For Fashion, and Fabric For Fashion The Swatch Book (both published 2010; 2nd edition 2014). Amanda teaches at the London College of Fashion, and regularly runs sustainable materials workshops, delivering presentations and seminars internationally, both at industry events and in educational forums. Amanda has a degree in Fashion Design from Kingston University.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Notebook and pen

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