SustFashWales was created by me, Helen O’Sullivan (nee Ball) following a long passion for sustainability and transparency within the tangled web that is the fashion industry supply chain.
The need for a more accessible sustainable fashion industry has never been greater, as one of the most polluting industries in the world and one that affects us all through the clothes we wear. As consumers we often have no idea how much power we have to make a difference in such a huge perplexing global economy. By doing little things like learning where your clothes and accessories come from, who makes them and then using this to make more responsible choices, we have the ability to make great change!
I have been campaigning for over 16 years for a sustainable fashion industry and in addition to my own work as a designer I have also supported various causes such as Fashion Revolution, Ethical Fashion Forum etc. However, I recognised the need for a source of information for those in Wales….SustFashWales!
I work voluntarily at SustFashWales, to create and share informative videos on the YouTubeChannel covering topics such as the issues and solutions of the fashion industry. I sometimes write stories and blogs for Friends of the Earth Cymru and also organise and share events across Wales. I have created this website to use as a one-stop-shop directory of everything that is Fashion & Sustainable here in Wales!
I also work part-time as a secondary school teacher of Fashion and Product Design with a focus on socially and environmentally responsible design. I recently began a part-time (6 years) PhD at The University of Portsmouth investigating sustainable design education at primary school level to encourage more responsible consumption in future generations. I tweet about this here!
I hope this will be inspirational for all designers, makers, consumers of fashion within Wales and further afield!
Helen – Sustainable Fashion Wales