Sustainable Apparel Workshop - California 2011

Westin South Coast Plaza

Hosted by Textile Exchange and Sustainability in Review
Costa Mesa in Northern Orange County, CA USA
August 16, 2011
TE Workshop Contact: Heather Hocker

Applying Sustainability to the Apparel Industry

Textile Exchange and Sustainabiliy in Review are delighted to invite you to a unique one-day workshop on sustainable apparel.  This hands-on workshop provides a deep dive into the key aspects of social and environmental sustainability in the apparel supply chain from design to manufacturing. 

Workshop content will include:

  • The impacts of the apparel industry socially & environmentally
  • Sustainable Materials – organic, recycled, Tencel, rayon from bamboo, wool, and others
  • Responsible Processing – dyeing & finishing
  • Ethical manufacturing – working conditions
  • Product Integrity - transparency, certification & labeling


Westin_South_Coast_PlazaThe Westin South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

08:00am - 05:00pm
Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided








8:00 – 8:30

Breakfast & Registration



8:30 – 9:30



Welcome & Sustainability Introduction

Overview of the impacts of the apparel industry, both socially & environmentally

Heather Hocker,
Textile Exchange

9:30 – 10:30



Lifecycle of the Apparel Supply Chain

Exercise – detailing out all of the impacts of the supply chain through environmental and social lenses.

Nicole Bassett, Sustainability in Review



10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 12:00






Review of fibers and fabrics – detailing out environmental impacts along with alternatives and why.

Nicole Bassett &
Heather Hocker



12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:00

Dyeing & Finishing



Dyeing exercise and presentation on the key issues in the dyeing and finishing process. 

Rachel K. Lincoln, Product Developer, prAna

2:00 – 3:00



Ethical Manufacturing



Review of global manufacturing issues currently.  Presentation on opportunities for companies to implement better operating practices.

Nicole Bassett



3:00 – 3:20


3:20 – 4:30






Presentation on certifications and authentic marketing. How to protect the integrity of your products and your company.

Nicole Bassett



4:30 – 5:00

Parking lot and Questions

Opportunity to answer questions and address parking lot issues raised throughout the day.

Heather Hocker & Nicole Bassett

This workshop is specifically designed for attendees involved in:

  • Buying, sourcing & production
  • Design
  • Fabric and garment development
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Educators for fashion and design

Fees and Registration - Space is limited to first 40 registrations.

$375 – Per participant

$350 – Textile Exchange members

Workshop includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch. 

For additional questions, please contact Heather Hocker at +1.806.787.0948.