A lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion and BA (Hons) Textiles courses has told BBC Radio that AUB’s students will help change the fashion industry to reduce its impact on the environment
E-J Scott was invited to talk to Steve Harris on BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast in Dorset programme following the news that tiny man-made fibres shed from our clothes during the washing process are now polluting our oceans.
In every domestic wash, as many as 700,000 of these “microfibres” can enter the water system with the worst offenders being polyester, acrylic and nylon.
E-J was asked onto the show to provide his view on how the next generation of designers will approach the way they make clothes to help lessen the environmental damage of the fashion world.
Talking about AUB students, he said: “They’re entering the industry with an awareness and an ambition that they want to change it – they have seen that it’s not sustainable long-term.
“So hopefully by the time they end their careers, we will be looking at a different way of not only producing, but a different way of consuming as well.
“We have students understanding the process of good design and good making – it’s a solution-oriented approach and they’re the ones that are going to generate new unimaginable possibilities.
“They can lead the industry out of these problems by working collaboratively with new materials, but also with hope, with an understanding about making things that are more sustainable, that use really beautiful materials also helps to create a more beautiful world, and are more desirable.
“We all understand we need to recycle our waste, and yet we don’t apply that to the textiles that populate not just the fashion industry but our lives, our bedding, our curtains, the materials in our cars.
“What we are seeing is there’s going to be a change and a shift in attitude – it’s what our students are interested in.
“They bring that passion to their work within the university and there are options out there – as a society we need to look forward, with our young designers leading the way, to finding things that are beautiful, that last longer, have a lower impact not only on the planet but on our health.
“We wouldn’t eat plastic, why would we wear plastic materials?
“There’s this notion that we don’t apply to how our fashion and our textiles affect our own wellbeing – what about the toxic chemicals that go into the clothes that we wear every single day?”
To hear E-J talking to Steve Harris on Breakfast in Dorset, click on this link, his interview starts at 40 minutes 10 seconds.