Following my trip, I began working with the contacts I made: I'm corresponding with organizers, have reached agreements with international brands and manufacturers, and have taken delivery over thirty times of fabric samples from ecological textile factories. I plan to work with the private Instituto Marangoni London (the London branch of the Italian university) to develop a Conscious Fashion course for the Kyiv National University of Technology and Design. The professional community working in this sphere is very open and it was easy to reach an agreement with them to come to Ukraine and lecture on conscious production methods.
I want to to establish an incubator as a part of my platform for sustainable brands and the mentoring programme. To that end, I entered into a partnership with international experts from the exhibition and they are ready to join, all that's left is to figure out the budget. I am also planning to develop an audit and consulting system for Ukrainian brands and manufacturers. I'm currently using the knowledge I got from the exhibition to consult on Ukrainian sustainable brands: how to make the product more sustainable, how to alter production, how to be certified in sustainable production, how to change the fabrics you use and what accessories to employ.
I would like to run a textile sorting station in Ukraine and create a certification of production, so right now I'm looking at financing options for this. I plan on bringing in professionals from GoodPlanet
in order to be able audit the sustainability parameters for Ukrainian manufacturers in order to be able to issue certificates. This will be the first site dedicated to ecological issues and humanism and which will act as a springboard for everyone interested in creating a more sustainable world. Using the approach used by the annual Fashion Transparency Index report issued by the Fashion Revolution
volunteer organization, I want to develop a similar index for the Ukrainian fashion industry.