The Vetlesen Prize is given “for scientific achievement resulting in a clearer understanding of the Earth, its history, or its relations to the universe.” It was established in 1959 by the trustees of the estate of G. Unger Vetlesen, a Norwegian immigrant to the United States who became a leading shipbuilder, World War II military leader and pioneer in transatlantic air travel. Vetlesen passed away in 1955.
“It’s a matter of having the right amount of sustainable fabricand mixing that together to get the right feeling or drapiness.”The collection, which sees the retailer’s design team work and rework the pieces for more than a year before completion, sees sustainable fabrics and manufacturing processes married alongside more”conventional” textiles.But despite advances in making sustainable clothing more stylish for shoppers, one major issue surrounding the fashion industry remains: What can be done with the millions of discarded garments once they’re no longer needed, in style or, well, in demand.The fashion industry is notorious for being resource heavy. From water usage to textile waste there is no shortage of sustainable concerns associated with the sartorial world.”At this moment, it is the responsibility of all members of the apparel and textile industry to take action and create a healthier fashion industry, big or small,”Myriam Laroche, the founder of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week, says.”Taking action is what we need to do even if we are still trying to figure out how to create a healthy fashion industry, because it is the first time we are challenging the way it’s always been done.”According toa report compiled byGiroux Environmental Consulting in 2014, no province or territory in Canada haswidespread textile recycling programs in place. Many of the recycling initiatives and programs fall tobranches of “charitable organizations” or non profits such as Value Village or Our Social Fabric which aim to reduce the number of garments that wind up in our local landfills, while also sometimes turning a profit.”The aim of Our Social Fabric is to divert textiles and other sewing related items from the landfill and to make them available to creative people,”Leah Price, a board member of OSF, explains of the volunteer run operation.
John was a devout Roman Catholic and parishioner of Corpus Christi Church, in Upper Gwynedd, PA. Over fifty years he served the Church in various capacities including Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist, Lector, Usher, an officer of the Holy Name Society, and fund raising participant. In his civic career he was active in local politics for four decades, holding numerous leadership positions in the Towamencin Democratic Association and the planning commission.