On the occasion of Monaco Fashion Week, which celebrated its 10th birthday this year, the Mission for Energy Transition (MTE) held a conference entitled “Curbing ‘fast fashion:’ our collective responsibility”, aimed at the signatories of France’s Pacte National on sustainability in fashion.

The event, held in partnership with the Monegasque Chamber of Fashion, aimed to challenge on the environmental consequences of fast fashion. Two speakers echoed each other: Paule Magnier, Project Coordinator at Zero Waste Marseille**, who defined fast fashion and proposed policies to put in place to counter it, and Inès Bensalah, Monegasque designer and Ambassador of the French National Pact, which places ecology at the heart of its concerns.

Discussion centred on a second life for clothes, donations and collections, circularity, repair, up-cycling, and ethical purchasing.

Alyssia Ballerio, founder and manager of the first second-hand brand in Monaco, Béatrice Castelain, manager of the evening wear brand Organza, which now offers “upcycled” models and also rents her outfits, Elise Nicoletta, artist of the Pavillon Bosio, a fan of upcycling and Philippe Giuffra, responsible for environmental initiatives at the Monegasque Red Cross, were also invited to answer questions.

Created in 1997 under the name Cniid, Zero Waste France (https://www.zerowastefrance.org/) is an independent association that campaigns for the reduction of waste and better resource management.

ORIGINAL SOURCE & PHOTO: Monaco Government Press Service