Socially Responsible Apparel Practices
The Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices, or ESRAP, is a volunteer organization of faculty and industry practitioners supporting the mission of environmental, social, and cultural well-being in the apparel and textile industries. ESRAP is dedicated to bolstering change makers who recognize the need for a circular economy of clothing and textile practices. By working together with educators and the industry, we share ideas, concepts and practices as we engage with students at the course level through internships and job training. Please, if you share our vision, consider becoming a member.
The cases listed in the ESRAP collection are reflective of the research and teaching in which our members and their students/associates have been engaged. The subject matters are based on real practices that the writer researched or participated in. These studies allow students the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom. As a membership organization, these cases are written to empower the readers to become change agents and potential members of ESRAP as they shape the socially conscious practices in the workplace.
Supply Chain Compliance in the Fashion Industry focuses on ethical business practices related to sourcing and supply decisions. This case study engages students to think about the people who make their clothing and who is responsible for ensuring their health and safety.
Rediscovering Hemp Properties, Benefits, and Marketing Strategies engages the reader in an analysis of cotton vs. hemp for T-shirt manufacturing with input from the company Jungmaven and their decision to manufacture with hemp fibers.
Discarded hotel linens: An overlooked business venture opportunity was inspired by the ThreadForward program that remanufacturers hotel linens into children’s sleepwear. The program is well researched, asking the reader to consider the impacts of repurposing.
Alabama Chanin: A Home-grown Sustainable Fashion Pioneer- Setting the standards for sustainable business is an in-depth analysis of the business decisions and approaches to sustainability enacted by its owner/designer/producer.
Laceluxe: Luxury Lingerie Pursuit explores the challenges of a small start-up in a specialty market. It is a scenario case inspired by a real-world experience and tasks the reader to develop creative solutions for the company without compromising the central values of quality, local production, and sustainability.
To Reuse or Not: Tablecloth re-manufacturing model investigates the actual reuse of post-consumer textiles, discarded hotel table cloths, into shopping bags for resale. Existing challenges of using these materials are reviewed as this was a real-life project.