International Center for Environmental Arts
"Standard Iceality Apparel"
The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) was founded by David and Renate Jakupca in 1987 to meet the compelling needs of ordinary citizens for access to current, balanced, understandable information about complex global issues. It was formed to be as an umbrella organization having three independent divisions, Environmental, Humanities and Arts and Culture, each working together towards a common goal of building sustainable global Culture of Peace for all Living Things.
FASHION WEEK CLEVELAND / COLUMBUS
Fashion Week Cleveland is an annual fashion industry event held in Cleveland, Ohio which began in 2002. It is one of fourteen internationally-recognized fashion week events in North America. Fashion Week Cleveland is held during the first week of May. The event is the third-largest fashion show of its kind in the United States behind only New York Fashion Week and Los Angeles Fashion Week. As such, this event is recognized as the showcase for emerging American fashion designers.
"Ethical Fashion is term to describe ethical fashion design, production, retail, and purchasing. It covers a range of issues such as working conditions, exploitation, fair trade, sustainable production, the environment, and animal welfare", states Ambassador Renate.
The STANDARD ICEALITY APPAREL guidelines by model/designer Ambassador Renate are a basic unisex Ethical Fashion outfit for all Activists and People. It allows people to join with others for the greater good, while sharing their individual colors, organizations and causes in one complete fashion statement - Red for Humanity, Black for Arts and Culture, Green for Environment, White for Official Duties and introducing the NEW COLOR OF PEACE; PSYCHEDELIC!
Ambassador Renate is all for ethical fashion as it becomes accessible to everyone, and by everyone I mean the Public. But until then, it is a major task to get everyone to think about what’s in their wardrobe. Ethical Fashion aims to address the problems it sees with the way the fashion industry currently operates, such as exploitative labor, environmental damage, the use of hazardous chemicals, waste, and animal cruelty.
As a pioneer on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs ICEA tries to keep its members up on documents companies typically post. but CSR brochures tend to be misleading — not with what is written, but what is left out. Last year, June 17th 2012, just before presidents, prime ministers and other world leaders meet in Rio de Janeiro to agree on a way forward for sustainable development, the United Nations Global Compact hosted the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum. Within more than 60 sessions focused on key sustainability issues, there is one that, perhaps, you would not normally expect: “Good Business Models for a Sustainable Future” organized by the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative. The purpose of all this goes beyond letting some people with good accessories vent for an afternoon. The stated aim of the session is to produce a “roadmap” — free to use — to help big global fashion business become more fair, more green, more inclusive yet never less chic. The panel was led by Simone Cipriani, who helms the Ethical Fashion Initiative of the International Trade Centre (ITC), a United Nations Organization.
Some of the issues around Ethical Fashion
Ethical Fashion aims to address the problems it sees with the way the fashion industry currently operates, such as exploitative labor, environmental damage, the use of hazardous chemicals, waste, and animal cruelty.
Serious concerns are often raised about exploitative working conditions in the factories that make cheap clothes for the high street.
Child workers, alongside exploited adults, can be subjected to violence and abuse such as forced overtime, as well as cramped and unhygienic surroundings, bad food, and very poor pay. The low cost of clothes on the high street means that less and less money goes to the people who actually make them.
Cotton provides much of the world's fabric, but growing it uses 22.5% of the world's insecticides and 10% of the world's pesticides, chemicals which can be dangerous for the environment and harmful to the farmers who grow it. (Ethical Fashion Forum)
Current textile growing practices are considered unsustainable because of the damage they do to the immediate environment. For example, the Aral Sea in Central Asia has shrunk to just 15% of its former volume, largely due to the vast quantity of water required for cotton production and dying. (Ethical Fashion Forum)
Most textiles are treated with chemicals to soften and dye them, however these chemicals can be toxic to the environment and can be transferred to the skin of the people wearing them. Hazardous chemicals used commonly in the textile industry are: lead, nickel, chromium IV, aryl amines, phthalates and formaldehyde. (Greenpeace)
The low costs and disposable nature of high street fashion means that much of it is destined for incinerators or landfill sites. The UK alone throws away 1 million tonnes of clothing every year. (Waste Online)
Many animals are farmed to supply fur for the fashion industry, and many people feel that their welfare is an important part of the Ethical Fashion debate. The designer Stella McCartney does not use either fur or leather in her designs. In an advert for the animal rights organization PETA, she said: 'we address... ethical or ecological... questions in every other part of our lives except fashion. Mind-sets are changing, though, which is encouraging.'
At the ARK in Berea, ICEA has become over the years a force for socially responsible activity. ICEA's mission is the "Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts", that is to "Assist in understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting a sustainable global Culture of Peace for all Living Things". The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in one "Universal Peace Equation" was the first major change in achieving a sustainable Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years..
The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) is a place where people are encouraged to develop their own unique individual skills and talents for themselves, their community, nation and the world. The ARK in Berea as a retreat, provides a healthy holistic environment to aid people in their social, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual as well as artistic growth. Sustainable business leadership training programs are available to corporate and community organizations. Consultants and Speakers are available for all topics relating to the Humanities, Arts, and the Environment.