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From Herder to High Fashion: Pioneering sustainable supply chain provenance

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Nancy Johnston FRSA, founder of sustainable fashion brand Tengri, invites you to an inspiring talk on sustainability, social impact and geo-relational fashion.

Date: Wednesday 25th November

Venue: Interchange Triangle, 3rd Floor, Triangle Building Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AB

Food and drinks reception provided. Spaces are limited. Avoid disappointment by booking your tickets here.

According to the World Bank, textiles production is ranked the second greatest contributor to global water pollution. The collective desire and purchase of cashmere this winter is contributing to unsustainable levels of cashmere goats consuming up to 95% of forage across the Tibetan plateau, Mongolia and northern India, leaving just 5% for wild animals to graze.

Many consumers unknowingly choose to purchase unsustainable clothing, particularly woollen fibres, which result in wild animals becoming the ultimate "fashion victims". The global fashion industry and its supply chain is endemically responsible for human suffering, furthering poverty, decimating wildlife and our environment. 

Join us in London on the evening of November 25th and hear from pioneers and fashion revolutionaries, championing innovative solutions for sustainable and ethical fashion. Industry vanguards who are challenging the status quo will discuss the creation of prestige garments with a transparent supply chain that helps protect biodiversity, wild animals and marginalised people living in rural and remote places. 

Nancy Johnston FRSA, will reveal how Tengri has launched a collective movement to improve the wider fashion industry. Tengri operates as a social business, specialising in natural materials with a 100% ethical, sustainable, eco-friendly and transparent supply chain, trading fairly with Mongolian nomadic herders.

From Herder to High Fashion forms part of a wider partnerships with the Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform (RESP), Ashoka, Interchange London, bookabeat and Impact Hub King’s Cross, and features panel discussions with Tengri collective members and designers, Bertie Bertinez, Katie Jones, Diane Goldie and Tengri brand ambassador and featured bookabeat artist, Miss Baby Sol. Costumer and visual artist Alex Noble and university partnerships with Central Saint Martins, Heriot-Watt and Bath Spa University will form part of the series at a later date. 

Eduardo Escobedo, Executive Director, RESP, said:

“Promoting the sustainable use of biodiversity through the traceable sourcing of high-quality raw materials like yak fibres provides an important opportunity for the luxury fashion industry to contribute to the conservation of key ecosystems. Long-term livelihood opportunities for local communities can be safeguarded and communities empowered as the main custodians of their natural capital.”

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear one of the fashion calendar’s most inspiring panels explore sustainability, social impact and geo-relational fashion. 

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