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“If there’s a will, there’s a way.”

This is a popular saying that fashion brands are proving to be true this 2019, which, undoubtedly, is the year of sustainable fashion.

But while more eco-friendly shirts and sneakers are already out, most of them are from international brands. In the Philippines, the ways in which fashion can be made more sustainable are not yet utilized, or worse, unheard of.

Enter the Fashion Revolution: The Future of Textiles, an exhibition of solutions to the fashion industry’s major environmental challenges from one of the world’s sustainability leaders, Sweden.

Curated and produced by the Swedish Institute, researchers, and sustainable fashion experts, the display features initiatives from Swedish fashion brands such as H&M, Houdini, Baby Bjorn, Nudie Jeans, Lindex, Flippa K, and more.

Some of the clothing and footwear in the exhibit use less water during production, repurpose clothes from previous collections, or use pineapple leaves and orange peels as a source of natural fibers.

It also emphasizes the need for a “circular economy” or a garment’s life cycle to integrate as little adverse environmental and climate impact as possible in all its phases—from production and consumption to reusing and material recovery.

Exclusive to the exhibit’s SM Megamall run are sustainable works from renowned Filipino designer Patis Tesoro, which includes intricate textiles made of upcycled fine Abaca.

“[Through this exhibit,] we hope to bring our important message closer to the public—the message about sustainability and environmental responsibility,” says Ambassador of Sweden Herald Fries in a speech during the exhibit’s launch. “I hope it will inspire you. Let’s keep the fashion revolution going.”

The Fashion Revolution: The Future of Textiles Exhibit runs until July 5 at the SM Mega Fashion Hall.

Featured Image from SM Megamall on Instagram

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