Sustainable Fashion Series: Perspectives on Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

When and Where

Monday, November 27, 2023 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
ES 1042
Earth Sciences Centre
5 Bancroft Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 3J1


The School of the Environment invites you to join us on Monday, November 27th, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in room ES 1042 at the Earth Sciences Centre for the first part of our new Sustainable Fashion Series, a panel discussion on sustainability in fashion! 

The event is being held in collaboration with the Environmental Students Union (ENSU) and will provide students with the opportunity to learn about the relationship between fashion and sustainability, hear about practices such as vintage shopping, thrifting, and mending, and listen to conversations on how fashion can be a powerful tool in decolonization, resurgence, and more.   

Attendees are invited to submit questions to be asked during the moderated Q&A session if they wish.

Students can register and submit questions below! 

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To join us online, register below:

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Event Agenda

Time Item
5:00 pm - 5:10 pm Opening Remarks
5:10 pm - 5:25 pm Meet the Panelists
5:25 pm - 5:40 pm Moderated Q&A
5:40 pm - 5:55 pm Q&A with Audience
5:55 pm - 6:00 pm Closing Remarks

Meet the Panelists!

Nicole Babin is the owner and founder of Common Sort, a chain of resale stores based in Toronto and Montreal, operating since 2008. Common Sort buys and sells low-end, mid-range and vintage clothing, shoes and accessories, giving multiple lives and value to fast fashion and other quality garments. Nicole's focus has always been to have the best clothing in her stores at an accessible price for any income, bringing beautiful fashion to everyone, in a clean, organized environment.

Striving to keep clothing that comes through Common Sort out of the land-fill, Nicole employs a full time sewest to mend pieces, and create new garments from unfixable items.

Common Sort operates as a platform for Nicole’s beliefs by supporting shelters across the city with needed clothing, and giving financial support to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, Forest Defenders, as well as many other causes both local and global. The most vital cause Nicole supports through Common Sort for long-term progressive change is electoral reform. Believing that our first-past-the-post electoral system fails to deliver representation and accountability, undermining our democracy.

Space Vintage is a styling service and vintage clothing boutique based in Toronto. It is owned and curated by mother-daughter duo, Ashlene and Natasha Roberts. Space Vintage celebrates over 20 years in business and has a Kensington Market and Queen West location. Their styling service is a go-to in Toronto and helps thousands of people find the perfect look for the special occasions in their lives. Ashlene and Natasha have cultivated one of the most supportive and uplifting shopping experiences by creating a celebratory atmosphere for their customers who they call, “The Stars.” The duo works tirelessly to make fashion dreams come true. Ashlene and Natasha are passionate about protecting the life cycle of clothing through incorporating a personalized approach to curation, zero waste methods, and upcycling.

Aasfi Sadeque is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto, majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies. From Dhaka, Bangladesh, she is deeply passionate about sustainable and ethical fashion, having grown up in a notable hub for fast fashion production. Aasfi not only explores these issues academically but actively contributes as the Director of Design for the Victoria College Environmental Fashion Show. Currently, she is researching labor organization in Bangladesh's fast fashion industry for her thesis, aiming to bring attention to the challenges faced by workers in this critical sector.


Contact Information


5 Bancroft Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 3J1