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ECA x UTS Panel: Is There Sustainable Fashion Without Ethics?

By 29 April 2024May 8th, 2024Events

Is There Sustainable Fashion Without Ethics?

Anyone who has had an eye on the fashion industry over the last few years knows that sustainability is in the spotlight – sparking conversation, education and even possible legislation. We’re hearing more about sustainable materials, innovative processes and important discussions to regulate the industry for the good of the planet.  

But is this focus on fashion being planet-friendly overshadowing an uncomfortable social and economic reality? Does the current attention on sustainable fashion ignore the impact the fashion industry has on the people who make our clothes? 

Join Ethical Clothing Australia and The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion + Textiles for a panel about the sometimes-uncomfortable nexus between sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. 

Moderated by Ethical Clothing Australia’s National Manager, Rachel Reilly, the event will bring together academics, civil society and representatives from the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry and Union to face this tension head on, as they discuss:  

  • The inextricable link between sustainability and ethics;
  • Why the focus on sustainability keeps winning the attention of consumers, business and politicians;
  • The realistic, actionable steps required to bring garment workers back into conversations about sustainable fashion.

Event Details

TIME | 6:00pm – 7:30pm (doors open from 5:40pm, panel begins at 6:00pm)
DATE | Thursday 16 May
LOCATION | University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Building 2, 61 Broadway, Ultimo
PRICE | $10 per person (+GST and booking fee*)

Please join the panellists and organisers for drinks at The Loft (on site) after the panel.  

Meet the Panel


Associate Professor, Dr Timo Rissanen – UTS/TAFE NSW Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion and Textiles

Associate Professor Timo Rissanen is a fashion and textiles researcher and the UTS academic lead of the UTS/TAFE NSW Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion and Textiles. He investigates the interconnection between sustainability and social justice as they relate to the contemporary fashion industry.   

He played a key role in establishing the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion and Textiles and has published two books on fashion and sustainability: Zero Waste Fashion Design, co-written with Holly McQuillan and, In Shaping Sustainable Fashion, co-written with Alison Gwilt.  


James Dunlop – Be Slavery Free 

James is an experienced communications and policy strategist with over a decade of experience in supply change sustainability. Working at the collision point between business and workers’ rights, James has built a career looking for opportunities to drive industry collaboration.   

Turned on to ethical fashion in the wake of Rana Plaza, James has spent the last decade working with NGOs like Oxfam Australia, fashion retailers including H&M and Zara, labour unions, and government to help chart a different course.   


Aldona Brangwin – Production Lead, Citizen Wolf  

Aldona has been working in the fashion industry for the last 27 years. Initially in design rooms as a patternmaker, then moving into Fashion production and manufacturing management. Aldona has been lucky enough to have worked worldwide with various sized fashion labels and businesses.  

Aldona discovered Citizen Wolf when starting the journey into how personal values and work life could be aligned. It was a moment of serendipity when finding the role with Citizen Wolf, ‘I love the way Citizen Wolf is challenging the way of thinking and doing “business as usual” for fashion businesses’. 


Jenny KruschelTCF National Secretary, CFMEU, MD 

Jenny Kruschel is a dedicated workers advocate with a passion for manufacturing, having amassed over two decades of experience across various roles in the Textile, Clothing, and Footwear (TCF) industry.

Hailing from regional Victoria, Jenny’s journey began on the shop floors of esteemed establishments such as Rocklea’s Spinning Mills, Exacto, and Diamond Cut. Her grassroots experience ingrained in her a deep understanding of the industry’s nuances and challenges. Jenny currently holds the positions of TCF National Secretary within the Manufacturing Division of the CFMEU. Jenny is also a Director of Skills Insight’s Jobs and Skills Council, an Executive Member of IndustriALL, and a Member of the Home Workers Code Committee (Ethical Clothing Australia).

Meet the Moderator


Rachel Reilly – National Manager, Ethical Clothing Australia  

Rachel has a strong commitment to human rights, with a focus on labour and women’s rights. She has formerly held the position of Executive Director of a Not-for-Profit supporting women who had experienced human trafficking. Rachel holds a Bachelor of International Development and a Master of Human Rights Law. 

*Tickets for this event include a booking fee through Humanitix. 100% of this fee is donated to charity.