WSU student Maya Copeland models some “slow fashion.”

Chella Bluth coordinated a sustainable living fashion show at Wayne State University to raise awareness on how textiles affect the climate crisis.

By Marcella “Chella” Bluth, jewish@edu writer

“Green is the New Black,” a fashion show of environmentally conscious clothes by local designers, was held Nov. 7 at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, with more than 200 students attending.

We have been told to “Reduce, re-use, recycle” in our routines. However, in our actual day-to-day life, how often do we really think about our planet?

Fast fashion is polluting our environment quickly. According to JStore Daily, “Americans dispose of about 12.8 million tons of textiles annually. Textiles are second, in terms of clogging landfills.”

So, the question arises, what are we going to do about it?

WSU student Avery Newman takes the runway.

After hearing Erin Schrode at a Hillel of Metro Detroit speaker event last year, I started thinking about coordinating a Wayne State “sustainable living” fashion show. Schrode, a politician and environmental activist, inspired the idea.

My goal was to raise awareness about sustainability and increase awareness of “slow fashion” as one of the ways to prevent the increase of our current climate crisis.

My other goal for the event was to create community. It is vital that to stabilize and solidify change, we need support. People who are trying to take a stance against fast fashion need to meet one another to hopefully restructure the mindset of our campus culture.

As president of Hillel of Metro Detroit’s Jewish Student Organization, I began to form a team of co-sponsors that included WSU student organizations La Vie Detroit, FDMO (Fashion Design Merchandising Organization) and Take Back the Tap.

The event was a huge success, with attendees enjoying the show, learning about sustainability and networking with each other.

Going forward, I am energized to make my voice louder and to continue to advocate for this cause. I know “Green is the New Black” will never go out of fashion.

Chella Bluth is a senior at Wayne State University and is president of WSU’s Jewish Student Organization.

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