Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA)

Sustainability in Fashion

best practices collaboration fundamentals product development sustainability
Online course

Sustainability in Fashion is about a common language for professionals in the apparel industry that encourages communication across functions and better decision making during product design. This online course with certificate defines what sustainability is, explains why designers should care about it, shows how it can be integrated into a product’s lifecycle and illustrates best practices to deal with sustainability issues.

You will learn how sustainability can be an asset for your business, your brand and your end consumer. Sustainability shouldn’t feel like a heavy burden; it’s an opportunity
for innovation.

3 hours

Approved with credit

The Textile Institute
This course is relevant for brands, sourcing offices, trading companies and vendors. The training content is well-suited for
designers, manufacturers and managers. It is geared for any learner who is inspired to think about new ways of designing, motivated
to collaborate with others and seeks transparency through the supply chain.

How will you learn?

The online course is self-paced and includes a pre-assessment test, 10 modules of interactive instruction and a Capstone project. An in-course glossary at the learner's fingertips facilitates the understanding of technical terms.

All participants who successfully complete the course will receive a Motif Certificate of Completion.

The recommended commitment for the course is a minimum 1 hour per week over a 3 week period.

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

Frame your mission around values unique to you, your company and your end consumer.

Describe the lifecycle of your product, from cradle to grave and consider the impact of sustainability at each stage.

Employ sustainability design strategies across the supply chain.

Online course Detailed outline

Pre-Assessment Free trial

This is to assess the knowledge you already have on the course topics and evaluate how this course can be most helpful for you.

Introduction Free trial

1. The Sustainability Mission Free trial

2. Lifecycle Thinking

3. Introduction to the Sustainable Strategy Wheel

4. Sustainable Strategy Wheel Stages: Innovation

5. Sustainable Strategy Wheel Stages: Low-Impact Materials

6. Sustainable Strategy Wheel Stages: Optimized Manufacturing

7. Sustainable Strategy Wheel Stages: Efficient Distribution

8. Sustainable Strategy Wheel Stages: Low-Impact Use

9. Sustainable Strategy Wheel Stages: Optimized Lifetime

10. Sustainable Strategy Wheel Stages: Optimized End-of-Life

Capstone Projects

Conclusion & Bonus interview with Mara Hoffman

Course Survey


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Aggregated Customer Ratings*

Course relevancy, depth, structure & clarity
4.2 / 5
Use of Multimedia
4.2 / 5
Likelihood to apply contents at work
3.9 / 5
Likelihood to recommend to a colleague/friend
4.1 / 5

*including only learners who earned a Certificate of Completion.

Debera Johnson

Course Instructor

Founder and Executive Director of the Pratt Institute/BF+DA and has been leading the integration of sustainability into Pratt’s programmes for over 15 years.

Tara St James

Course Instructor

Tara St James is the Production Coordinator & Research Fellow, Zero Waste Manufacturing for BF+DA.

Caroline Shafer

Course Instructor

Carolyn Shafer is the s.LAB Director for the BF+DA and Director of Center for Sustainable Design Strategies (CSDS) at Pratt Institute.

About Pratt BF+DA

The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA), a Pratt Institute initiative, is a hub for ethical fashion and design that provides design entrepreneurs, creative technologists and industry professionals with the resources they need to transform their ideas into successful, triple bottom line businesses.

Each year, the BF+DA also serves over 70 apparel production clients, 300 digital fabrication clients, and 4,000 event, tour, and educational program attendees, and sustainability consulting offerings to further their mission and reach.

Approved with credit by The Textile Institute.
This credit can then be used towards gaining TI professsional qualifications, along with demonstrating a commitment to continuing professional development. The Textile Institute’s brand is an international sign of excellence.