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Daila Boufford 
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 
703 706-4600 


Online Event 



Sustainability in Textiles and Apparel:  New Developments FCS Professionals Need to Know



The way we have produced and purchased apparel and interior textiles over the years has had an extremely negative impact on the environment.  We over-consume, send old clothing off to landfills, and then buy more

The textile and apparel industry is responding by reformulating materials including dyes, rethinking packaging, and recycling plastic bottles into fiber and textiles.

Some consumers are trying to help too by purchasing clothing made of “organic” cotton and bamboo. But the truth is, when it comes to clothing, most people are dead wrong about what is earth-friendly.  

Family and consumer sciences professionals are extremely well-positioned to help change consumer behavior around the care and purchase of apparel….this unique webinar will show you how. And it will give you accurate information about terms that confuse consumers such as upcycling, renewable sourced, recycled polymer, and organic fiber.

Professor and former DuPont research chemist Kaye Crippen will explain how you can introduce the latest industry developments on sustainability into your courses and help clear up the confusion among consumers and designers at this educational webinar (1.5 PDUs):

Sustainability in Textiles and Apparel:  New Developments FCS Professionals Need to Know


Presented by Kaye Crippen

Archived Recording:  90-minute program



$35 AAFCS members ($50 nonmembers)

Check out our webinar bundle package to learn how you can save on registration rates! 


Site licenses and group discounts also available!

Contact Daila Boufford (dboufford@aafcs.org) to learn more.



According to Dr. Crippen, the issue of sustainability is the biggest issue facing the textile and apparel supply chain since the industrial revolution and  the development of manufactured fibers. This webinar will tell you why….and how consumers can have an enormous impact on the environment. 

They simply need accurate information from unbiased sources. That is where FCS professionals come in.

Consumers have a major role to play—indeed, experts believe that up to 65% of the energy used during the garment’s life is in the care process. And they will respond once they know how to separate fact from fiction, how to deal with over-zealous product claims, and where to go for reliable information.  And the real take-away for the average well-informed consumer? They will discover that they can be more earth-friendly and save money in the process.

Anyone who is teaching in this area needs to understand the latest research and developments emerging from the fashion/apparel and interior textiles industries, how the rapidly changing technology is affecting the way merchandise is produced, and how the global supply chain is working these days.

In this 90-minute program including Q&A, you will explore:

  • The role of the consumer in selection, care, recycling, or disposal of apparel
  • The importance of sustainability to fashion, apparel, textiles, and interiors
  •  How to analyze green product claims
  • How plastic bottles can be recycled to make polyester
  • Guidelines for green wardrobe planning 
  • How to use environmental tools such as OIA’s Eco Index  

Plus, Dr. Crippen will tell you how to develop a display using PET plastic bottles to show how they can be recycled into fiber and textiles, and even into graduation gowns!

This webinar also will cover new products on the market that can extend the life of clothing.   From laundry detergents to color catchers, new environmentally friendly products are being introduced at an unprecedented rate.  Dr. Crippen will tell you about her experiments with some of these products and her own research on getting out stains.

Register for this webinar and find all the tools, resources, and information you need to introduce sustainability into the classroom and, ultimately, to consumers. You’ll also learn about key organizations in the industry such as Textile Exchange and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

About the Presenter Kaye Crippen, PhD, teaches textile and apparel courses at The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and conducts research into sustainable materials. Previously she was a research chemist at DuPont before transitioning into international marketing where she developed and launched new 5th generation fibers. Her work in the international supply chain at DuPont led to a fascination with a rapidly changing Asia. She taught Management of New Product Development in the School of Business at The National University of Singapore.



Who should register?  FCS educators in middle or high school, and college/university teachers who teach textiles, apparel, merchandising, packaging, fashion and/or interior courses. Extension educators and others who teach classes on how to be a savvy shopper and smart consumer, or programs on sustainability and the impact individuals can have.

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$35 for AAFCS members ($50 non-members) 


If you work at a higher ed institution and would be interested in using this webinar as content in your classroom, please contact Daila Boufford for information on special site license rates!