Consumer influence on production methods in the textile sector

2019 Lecture Series: Realising the SDGs – Sustainability in the textile and clothing sector #3 Consumer influence on production methods in the textile sector

The theme of the third evening in the 2019 Lecture Series concerns the third stage in the textile value chain: consumption. T-shirts for 5 euros, a pair of jeans for 15 euros – for many consumers these are normal prices. But in order to keep prices this low, textile workers in manufacturing countries have to slave away, sometimes in inhumane conditions. When we buy clothing, we become a part of this supply chain and thus share a certain responsibility for the conditions under which the garments are made. By making informed purchases, each and every one of us can help achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda – for example, with respect to decent work for all (SDG 8) or clean water (SDG 6). However, sustainable consumption is undermined by business models based on ‘fast fashion’ and advertising slogans such as 'cheap is sexy'. At this event, we will be looking at alternative consumption patterns and ways of raising consumer awareness.

  • Maike Gossen, Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
  • Thomas Engelke, Federation of German Consumer Organisations

This is the third event in the weekly 2019 Lecture Series which consists of a total of five lectures scheduled to take place on Mondays. The next lecture will examine recycling (25 Nov.), followed by a final panel discussion on 2 December.

Venue and time:

GIZ Representation Berlin
Reichpietschufer 20
10785 Berlin

18 November 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by light refreshments


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