The consequences of climate change permeate into just about every aspect of our lives, which can be very overwhelming, and anyone just starting their road down a more conscious life could have trouble deciding where to start engaging. There are a million things we can all do to fight climate change, but we’ve created a […]
The United Nations’ 26th Climate Change Conference, COP26 for short, is currently underway in Glasgow. Delegates and leaders from all over the world, including from some of the most polluting countries on Earth, are present, as they discuss new terms and guidelines to follow the requirements of the Paris Agreement. And while this event is […]
LOS ANGELES, Tuesday 2nd November – Red Carpet Green Dress™ (RCGD), in partnership with TENCEL™ and CLO, have named this year’s global design contest winners. Open to emerging and established designers over the age of 21, this year, applicants submitted a digital sketch of their sustainable red carpet design before the international contest closed on […]
LOS ANGELES, Tuesday 2nd November – Red Carpet Green Dress™ (RCGD), in partnership with TENCEL™ and CLO, have named this year’s global design contest winners. Open to emerging and established designers over the age of 21, this year, applicants submitted a digital sketch of their sustainable red carpet design before the international contest closed on […]
We have centuries’ worth of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases stuck in our atmosphere, and the easiest way to offset them, namely, planting trees, requires a lot of land and time. It’s a race against time that can seem like a truly grim perspective. However, some of the greatest minds in the world are […]
Our planet is becoming warmer, and the majority of scientists across the board agree that this climate change is man-made. Depending on the source, you’ll find more or less optimistic takes on the state of Earth. Still, one thing is quite clear: there’s a lot to be done. And while large companies with heavily polluting […]
Our planet is becoming warmer, and the majority of scientists across the board agree that this climate change is man-made. Depending on the source, you’ll find more or less optimistic takes on the state of Earth. Still, one thing is quite clear: there’s a lot to be done. And while large companies with heavily polluting […]
In the search to be more sustainable, fashion brands big and small have been jumping at the chance to innovate when it comes to materials. For many, the solution has been relying on the greener versions of traditional materials; perhaps the most popular is organic cotton, which is sustainably grown by using less water and […]
Whether you’ve been working towards having a conscious life for decades or you’re only dipping your toe into sustainable living, it’s a world of constant updates and endless new technologies. There are so many online resources for conscious consumers to find guidance that the prospect of endless choices can be a little daunting. Every action […]
While the terminology for carbon offsetting has been around for a while, with the growing concern for climate change it’s also become more commonplace. Still, some of the terms can be confusing because they’re not fully universal just yet. As more companies and even countries move towards creating solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it becomes essential to understand how to speak of greenhouse gas emissions and the way to offset them. In 2019, the global average atmospheric carbon dioxide was 409.8 parts per million. This number only keeps growing, and they’re the highest levels of carbon dioxide our atmosphere has seen for at least 800,000 years. The effects of growing greenhouse gases in our atmosphere are well-known, from acid rain to worse air for living things to breathe – and, of course, climate change. Below, you’ll find some of the most essential terms and practises environmentalists are using to fight greenhouse gas emissions.
The first term to understand, basic though it may be, is that of the carbon footprint. This is what we call the amount of carbon dioxide produced by a single person, company, locality or even country. Don’t be fooled by the word before footprint, because most definitions of this won’t stop at carbon, as they also include other greenhouse gases like methane. We all have a carbon footprint by way of simply existing in the modern world: we contribute to emissions through our food consumption, using gasoline-based transportation, and many other things. Having an awareness of what the carbon footprint entails, and how it speaks of individual or group responsibility on the emissions in the atmosphere, can help us understand our own impact and every other subsequent concept.
The second essential term to understand is carbon offsetting. Offsetting is a conscious reduction of emissions of carbon and other greenhouse houses, and it is designed to compensate for excesses already in the atmosphere. As such, efforts towards carbon offsetting focus on reducing the “regular” emissions a single action would take, neutralising emissions through compensating actions that help the atmosphere heal or, at least, suffer no further damage. It’s also possible to take offsetting one step further and, instead of simply neutralising the usual carbon footprint of an action, also getting rid of some of the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere. You’ll find a great guide to what carbon offsetting entails here.
In all, the idea is to balance out our carbon footprint by investing in programmes that will “right our wrong.” Still, there’s a major difference between the carbon footprint of a single person and that of a company or country, which is why there are two different ways to classify offsets: voluntary and mandatory. The mandatory offset market is regulated by carbon reduction regimes set up by local or national governments, as well as international agreements and offsetting guides. Meanwhile, the voluntary market is moved by individuals who are looking to leave a smaller carbon footprint altogether by engaging in emissions-free practices in their everyday lives.
There are various CO2 emission calculators available online, including this one. The United Nations also has its own platform for voluntary cancellation of emissions by supporting green projects, but there’s a lot of variety out there for individuals looking to engage in offsetting.
Carbon neutral was the New Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year all the way back in 2006, and it means an activity or product that releases absolutely no greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
Meanwhile, climate positive is when an individual, company or country takes a step further from carbon neutrality to not just avoid releasing gases, but also directly reduce emissions already in the atmosphere. This can also be called carbon or net positive, and, confusingly enough, carbon negative. Climate positive is a more common and accepted term, but whenever you see any of those words around, remember they all pretty much mean the same thing.
We invite you to use the sources we’ve liked above to read more about the wide and fascinating universe of climate offsetting. There are many interesting projects around the planet you can support while also leaving your mark for a cleaner atmosphere!
Sustainable fashion goes beyond using organic materials and provideing fair working conditions across supply chains. While these are essential pillars of sustainability, for our industry to be truly sustainable it also has to have a diverse output. And that also means creating spaces for the so-called “non-traditional” bodies. This goes from extending sizes of clothes to larger bodies to catering to disabled ones. Disabled people have different needs and what constitutes the “norm” in fashion may not work for them. For example, some may have motor issues that make it difficult to use industry standards like buttons or shoelaces. Others may find it impossible to put on garments over their heads, or end up in discomfort over pants that will bulk up in a wheelchair.
According to the CDC, 26% of adults in the United States have some type of disability, whether it’s related to mobility, cognition, hearing or vision; that’s 1 in 4 people altogether. Among those, many have difficulties dressing themselves, so it also becomes a priority to have an array of garments that makes it easier for caregivers to dress them. And, of course, fashion remains a way of self-expression, and people with disabilities do also require options to simply present themselves to the world the way they feel best showcases their style and personality. Disabled people are the largest minority in the world, with about 1 billion on the planet, 20% of whom live with great functional difficulties. It’s hardly a small crowd, yet it’s one that is widely underrepresented in the media and the fashion industry. Since there are few options, it presents a huge opportunity business-wise. In fact, Vogue Business estimates that the global market for adaptive fashion will be valued at $400 billion by 2026. Taking into account the needs of people with disabilities, we’ve prepared a short guide to the world of fashion and disability. We hope that it can serve as an introduction for abled people with less awareness of the challenges disabled folk have when it comes to getting dressed, plus the steps brands and stores are taking to make things easier for them.
Adaptive clothes are specially designed for people who have difficulty getting dressed by themselves. Usually, these garments have small yet key differences in build. Some practices in adaptive fashion include adding flap openings to put on garments, trading buttons for velcro or magnet fastenings, creating clothes with room to accommodate incontinence aids, or adding pieces of fabric that stretch in one or both directions depending on the user’s needs. While we often think of adaptive clothes as those made for people with mobility issues, there’s also something to be said about textures for neurodivergent people. Autistic people are often very sensitive to how certain fabrics feel on their skin. Luckily, brands are catching up, although there may be more options for autistic children than adults within the spectrum. Some large brands that have stepped up to the plate with sensory-friendly clothes include American Eagle with its Ne(X)t Level Stretch denim and Aerie seamless underwear, Target’s lines of sensory-friendly clothes for children and adults and Uniqlo’s comfort garments (even though they’re not marketed as sensory-friendly).
Current Challenges of Adaptive Fashion
As a whole, disabled people are often left out of fashion campaigns. Disabled bodies have traditionally been “hidden” from the public conversation, and certainly from high fashion. A lack of representation in campaigns and in the decision-making table has led to fewer options in shelves, but there’s a growing awareness of the need to include disability in the conversation. Fewer off-the-rack options also means that people with disabilities spend more money on clothes in general. They may have to adapt garments themselves or spend more money on tailoring, or get shoemakers to make extra tinkering on their footwear. For example, if someone has a limp on one leg, their shoes on that foot are bound to be torn quicker. That’ll require either constantly purchasing new shoes or having them fixed far more often; either choice can be costly.
When there are options directly made for disabled people, they’re often not marketed as such, once again leaving them out of the conversation. In early 2021, Nike released its first adaptive shoe, Go FlyEase, which was made specifically with the brand’s disabled athletes in mind. The ad campaign was poorly received due to its focus on the Go FlyEase being for “everyone”, shifting the conversation away from those that would truly benefit from this shoe. As a plus, these were limited-edition trainers, so it’ll be difficult for people with disabilities to find them later on, and the prices will surely be steeper due to the reselling market of novelty sports shoes. Generally speaking, there’s now a trend of cordless shoes in sportswear, which aren’t necessarily marketed to disabled people but can still make a world of difference to them. Just the same, velcro fastenings, often used in toddlers’ shoes, could also prove to be a great solution for adult people with motor disabilities.
Stores & Brands Stepping Up for Adaptive Fashion
Luckily, things aren’t all grim. Brands big and small have started to see the importance of stepping up to the plate and offering options for people with reduced mobility or sensory issues. Here are some of the best-known brands with available adaptive collections:
Tommy Hilfiger is one of the biggest brands to dip its toe into adaptive clothes. They’ve partnered with disability fashionistas and consultants to create lines for men, women, and children, all within the casual and laidback style the American brand is known for. They have options with easy closures, prosthetic fits, seated wear, and sensory-friendly clothing.
Zappos has a wide line of adaptive products, including easy on/off shoes, AFO-friendly, easy dressing, seated clothing, orthotic friendly and sensory-friendly. They offer options for boys, girls, men and women, with a section of their available adaptive brands, including Converse Kids and Ugg.
JCPenney offers adaptive clothes, mostly for children, with adjustable features, hidden access opening for medical devices, and easy-on, easy off. Kohl’s has a similarly children-focused line that includes easy dressing, seated comfort, and sensory friendly.
There are also smaller and startup brands making strides towards a more fashionable future for disabled people. Chinese brand YVMIN partnered with Xiao Yang, a fashion influencer with a prosthetic leg, to create a beautiful collection of fashionable prosthetics. Abilitee Adaptive Wear offers many adaptive accessories, including water-resistant ostomy bag covers. Rebound Wear specialises in comfortable and easy-to-wear clothes, particularly for post-op bodies.
These are mostly available in regions like western Europe and North America, so they’re not yet fully universal solutions. However, seeing brands of different sizes create a space for different fashion needs is a major step in the right direction.
People Making a Difference
While many of the traditional issues of lack of representation persist, adaptive fashion has come a long way – and it’s because of amazing people fighting for a more inclusive industry.
One of the great trailblazers of adaptive fashion is Stephanie Thomas, a stylist specialising in creating comfortable and attractive solutions for disabled people. Thomas, a congenital amputee, has been fighting fashion industry ableism for over 30 years, and she’s often quoted as saying it’s easier to find clothing options for pets than for people with disabilities. She’s the founder of Cur8able, a service of fashion styling, content creation, coaching and consulting for disabled people and companies who are looking to include them in their products. Thomas also developed the Disability Fashion Styling System, a 3-step criteria for clothes, accessories and footwear. As a reference in the field of adaptive fashion, Thomas has served as a consultant in fashion campaigns for brands like Nike, Zappos, and Kohl’s. She also has a TED Talk about her work as a disability stylist.
Mindy Scheier worked as a designer and stylist for years. Her son, Oliver, was born with muscular dystrophy, and as a young boy asked her for jeans and other clothes that looked like those of his abled-bodied friends. Realising there weren’t many options in stores, she modified garments herself, and later set out to make adaptive clothes more commonplace. Scheier then founded the Runway of Dreams Foundation, an organisation that works towards the inclusion of adaptive options in brands and stores. She’s consulted with major adaptive fashion collections for brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Target. Scheier also has her own TED Talk.
There are also models participating in breakthrough campaigns for brands small and large. British model with Down syndrome Ellie Goldstein works extensively with Gucci, and has been on the cover of magazines like Allure, Glamour and ELLE. Jillian Mercado, a wheelchair user with muscular dystrophy, has had a fascinating career as a model, appearing in campaigns from Diesel Jeans and Target to merchandise ads for Beyoncé’s Formation tour. Multi-talented Aimee Mullins, who had both her legs amputated from fibular hemimelia, began her stay in the public eye as a Paralympic athlete in 100-meter sprint and long-jump; since, she’s turned to activism and modelling for brands like Alexander McQueen, Kenneth Cole and L’Oréal Paris.
One name worth noting is Selma Blair’s. In 2018, the Cruel Intentions actress shared with the world that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and in the time since she has become very vocal about living with disability. Blair has spoken at length about how hard it has been to find clothes that fit her current needs, particularly for galas and events. Having someone that notorious speak about the difficulties of navigating adaptive attire has helped open a new conversation about fashion and disability, bringing awareness to abled people outside the industry.
There are certainly more adaptive clothing options now than ever before, but there’s still so much more to be done. Catering to a market of about a billion people worldwide makes sense financially and it’s essential when it comes to creating a more inclusive industry. We need more campaigns with disabled models normalizing different bodies, and above all, we need fashion-knowledgeable people from the disabled community in the room where decisions are made. It’s essential to empower disability activists and fashionistas so they can help us pinpoint the precise issues the community faces, and how the fashion industry can solve and circumvent them.
Let’s talk about landfills…
As we know, fashion is, unfortunately, one of the most wasteful industries in the world. The multiple yearly seasons and low quality of garments of fast fashion translate to lots of clothes and fabrics ending up in landfills. Fast fashion stores will directly throw away unsold pieces once the season is over, and many consumers quickly grow tired of the garments or simply dump them whenever a minor flaw appears. In the past two decades, the number of garments produced annually has doubled. In 2017, it was estimated that the fashion industry contributed 92 million tonnes of waste to the world’s landfills. We have no reason to believe these numbers have lowered in the time since, as online fast fashion retail soars.
On average, consumers throw away 60% of their clothes in their first year, and a truckload of textiles gets dumped into landfills every minute. There’s also an issue of waste within the luxury fashion industry: in 2018, it became public knowledge that Burberry had destroyed over £90 million worth of unsold items over five years, in an attempt to keep their prices high and their products exclusive.
All this waste piles up in landfills everywhere in the world. While we all understand the concept and have seen the occasional landfill throughout our lives, the locations and characteristics of the biggest ones aren’t as widely known. Out of the top 10 largest landfills on Earth, 3 are in China, 2 in the US, 2 in India, 1 in Mexico, 1 in South Korea, and 1 in Italy. They’re usually near large and highly-populated cities, as these are the places that generate the most waste.
In increasing order, these landfills are Xinfeng in Guangzhou, China (227 acres); West New Territories in Hong Kong (272 acres); Deonar in Mumbai, India (326 acres); Delhi Landfills in New Delhi, India (500 acres); Sudokwon in Incheon, South Korea (570 acres); Puente Hill in Los Angeles CA, USA (630 acres); Malagrotta in Rome, Italy (680 acres); Laogang in Shanghai, China (830 acres); Bordo Poniente in Mexico City, Mexico (927 acres); Apex Regional in Las Vegas NV, Isa(2,200 acres). Bear in mind that these lists can vary somewhat depending on the information provided by landfill owners and representatives, and we’ve taken into account the data from World Atlas. With that being said, let’s take a look at the five largest landfills in the world and how they’re handling their gas emissions.
1. Apex Regional (2,200 acres / 890 hectares)
It receives around 9,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day and can handle up to 15,000 tonnes daily. It opened in 1993 with a projected life of 250 years, and currently holds about 50 million tonnes of waste. It accounts for approximately 17.7% of US methane emissions.
Apex’s methane feeds an 11-megawatt power plant that meets the energy needs of 10,000 homes in southern Nevada homes.
2. Bordo Poniente (927 acres / 373 hectares)
Bordo Poniente was established in 1985 to take debris from that year’s earthquake in Mexico City, and it was operative until 2011. In its heyday, it received 12,000 tonnes of waste daily, and it remains Latin America’s largest landfills. It currently holds around 70 million tonnes of waste.
There are plans to tap into the landfill’s methane to produce 60 megawatts of electric power, which would eliminate 1.5 million tonnes of yearly gas emissions.
3. Laogang (830 acres / 335 hectares)
Laogang receives about 10,000 daily tonnes of municipal solid waste, which amounts to about half of Shanghai’s total waste.
Its methane gas generates 102,189 MW-hours of green energy, covering the electric needs of 100,000 homes. In 2014, it was announced that Laogang’s methane emissions had been reduced by 25,800 metric tons, and also avoided 542,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
4. Malagrotta (680 acres / 255 hectares)
This Roman landfill takes between 4,500 and 5,000 tonnes of waste every day, numbers that make it the largest municipal solid waste landfill in continental Europe. It has a holding capacity of 60 million tonnes.
There are plans to use Malagrotta’s methane for electricity and fuel, but so far the landfill has caused considerable environmental damage to the area where it’s located. Issues have included air contamination, soils poisoned from harmful chemicals, and underground aquifers.
5. Puente Hill (680 acres, 255 hectares)
Active between 1957 and 2013, Puente Hill received over 130 tonnes of municipal waste during its active life, and it was America’s largest landfill. In its heyday, it could receive up to 13,200 tonnes of daily waste.
Puente Hill’s methane gas is currently used to turn a 50-megawatt power turbine that generates enough power to fulfill the power needs of 70,000 Southern California homes. The site is also being converted into a recreational regional park.
The worldwide fashion industry has a serious waste problem due to various factors, such as the excessive production of garments in fast fashion. One of the worst scourges of clothing waste is related to synthetic fabrics: garments are often made with at least a percentage of plastic-based fabrics, which means these items won’t naturally decompose for hundreds of years. Taking this into consideration, many brands are turning to natural fibres to decrease waste, using materials like cotton, silk, bamboo, wool, alpaca, and hemp; in all, fabrics that can easily biodegrade within days or months through simple bacterial decomposition. With this in mind, we wanted to speak a little about biodegradable clothes and the interesting things going on in this field.
What Do We Mean by Biodegradable Clothes?
For a clothing item to be considered biodegradable, it has to naturally blend into the environment in a year or less. That means that microorganisms should be able to break down a garment so it blends back into nature without issue, which cannot happen if there’s any form of synthetic material in the piece. Even small details can halt the quick biodegradation of an entire garment. Adds-ons like zippers, buttons, and traditional sequins are usually made from plastic-based materials that take hundreds of years to degrade naturally. Some manufacturers have taken steps toward making garment details more environmentally friendly, creating options like buttons made from coconut shells, buffalo horns, bones, and mother of pearl.
However, details like buttons and zippers are not the only way for clothes to include synthetic materials. All plastic-based materials can inhibit biodegradation, and that includes fast fashion staples like polyester, spandex, and nylon. Other materials and practices that halt quick biodegradation include petroleum-derived dyes and threads based on acrylics or nylon. Plus, fabrics are often coated with chemical treatment finishes that are resistant to quick biodegradation. Even commonly used natural fibres like cotton can easily become difficult to degrade through the simple act of mixing them with synthetic materials, even if the percentage of plastics is very low. As it stands right now, most fashion isn’t biodegradable although there are many brands that center their designs on compostable materials with natural dye technologies.
New Fibres Making the Cut
The realisation of our need for biodegradable clothes has given space for people with great ideas to thrive. There has been a return to natural and traditional fabrics like untreated cotton, hemp, and even bamboo, namely, materials that have been used for hundreds or thousands of years to make clothes and we’ve also seen a surge of truly interesting and new alternatives.
One thing that is super exciting to see is the new scientific approach to fashion, as material experts jump at the chance of creating new fabrics based on nature, with fibres being made from algae, soybeans, and citrus fruit.
For example, students and faculty at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology have created a yarn-like fibre based on algae that can be dyed with non-chemical pigments like crushed insect shells; these, in turn, can then be knitted into apparel. Theanne Schiros, one of the F.I.T. assistant professors involved in the project, then went on to co-found AlgiKnit, a company aimed at producing algae-based apparel commercially. Algalife also produces biodegradable dyes and fibres from algae, through a closed-loop and zero-waste system.
In Italy, Sicilian startup Orange Fiber uses cellulose fibre from citrus fruit peels to make biodegradable yarn, which in turn can be spun into a fabric with a very similar texture to silk. California-based company Bolt Threads specialises in creating new and nature-based fabrics, such as mushroom-based vegan leather and a fibre resembling spider silk that’s produced from fermented yeast.
There’s a growing number of brands looking to become more sustainable in every step of their manufacturing process, and diving into biodegradable clothes is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to do it. We hope we’ve shed a little bit of light on what biodegradable clothing entails and how to start your journey into this fascinating and growing world!
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RCGD Global Design Contest 2021 in partnership with TENCEL™ & CLO
Terms & Conditions
These Terms and Conditions apply to all RCGD Global Design Contest 2021 in partnership with TENCEL™and CLO.
By registering at https://www.rcgdglobal.com/design-contest-2021 registrants, specifically agree to being contacted by email, text and phone for matters regarding their entry, deadlines, payments and contest news. Registrants may unsubscribe at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This will also remove all registration data from the entry system and the Red Carpet Green Dress website. The entrant’s completed registration application constitutes confirmation that they have read, understood and agreed to the following General Terms and Conditions.
The RCGD Global Design Contest 2021 in partnership with TENCEL™and CLO is a global design contest, related events and media. The organizer is Red Carpet Green Dress LLC (also known as RCGD), which is incorporated in the State of California. Questions in all matters should be referred directly to Red Carpet Green Dress at email@example.com. Further contact details available upon request.
All copyrighted images, trademarks and registered trademarks appearing on the Red Carpet Green Dress website are the property of their respective rights-holders and owners, and used on this website for reference purposes only.
- ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY
The RCGD Global Design Contest 2021 in partnership with TENCEL™and CLO is open globally to designers, firms, practices, agencies, organizations, schools, businesses, students and non-professionals. The RCGD Global Design Contest 2021 in partnership with TENCEL™and CLO opens on 30th July at 9AM PT, and closes on 23rd August at 5PM PT. No entries can be registered after the 23rd August 2021 deadline. Each entrant may enter as many unique and original designs as they wish, upon completion of registration. Entries may be submitted by individuals, companies, organizations, teams, or by teachers for classroom projects. Entrants must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age to enter as an individual.
Entrant’s fully completed registration form, sketched design and supporting documents must be received by the contest’s published closing date, 23rd August at 5PM PT. In order to make a valid entry into a contest you must enter as an individual using your legal name and make only one entry per contest, unless the Specific Rules allow you to make multiple entries.
No multiple, bulk, automated, machine assisted, third party, syndicate or other group entries will be accepted. We shall disqualify any entries which, in our reasonable opinion, appear to have used any of these entry methods including multiple entries from the same IP address or telephone number, unless the Specific Rules state that multiple entries are permitted. We may ask you to provide us with proof of your eligibility to enter a contest and we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to decide whether or not eligibility criteria have been met. Breach of any of the criteria contained in this Clause 2 may result in your disqualification from a contest and/or the withdrawal of a Prize.
- DELIVERY AND COLLECTION OF ENTRIES
No physical contest entries or materials will be accepted. We are keen to be as sustainable as possible. As a result, we solely use an online-only judging process and cannot accept printed entries. No garments will be created apart from the winning designs, so no entries featuring photos of completed garments are allowed. We aim both to reduce waste and avoid participation in its creation. No garments will therefore be created apart from the winning designs. Additionally, mailing garments around the world creates more environmental footprints and handling. It is also currently unsafe. The contest is solely an online and virtual contest, all operated through www.rcgdglobal.com.
A multi-disciplinary jury of experts is selected by the RCGD Global Design Contest 2021 in partnership with TENCEL™ and CLO. This jury will choose two winning designers – a gown and a suit.tuxedo. The judge’s decision process is private and completely confidential. The decision of our judges is final and conclusive in all circumstances and no correspondence will be entered into.
- PRIZE & OFFICIAL WINNER BENEFITS
*$1000 cash prize
*Dress contest ambassadors for the red carpet (talent and platforms to be announced)
*Attend RCGD Gala in LA as VIP Guest with travel, accommodation and living expenses covered
*Exhibition of winning designs at RCGD Gala and designer presentation to audience
*Meet RCGD founder Suzy Amis Cameron
*Internship experience with couture designer Laura Basci in her LA-based atelier
*3 month business mentorship with RCGD CEO Samata
*TENCEL™ Luxe goodie bag
** Please note that this Red Carpet Green Dress contest is not in partnership with The Annual Academy Awards **
We reserve the right, at our absolute discretion, to request certain evidence relating to your contest entry including proof of identity, age and address. All Prizes are non-transferable and may not be given, assigned or sold to another person. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash or other alternatives, except by us in accordance with clause 13.1. Where the Prize contains ticket(s) to an event, you will be bound by and must comply with the event promoter’s terms and conditions together with those set out on the ticket and the rules and regulations of the venue.
You may not commit us to any contract, expense or cost without our prior written consent. You must have sufficient financial resources to meet any financial commitment which you may incur in connection with the Prize beyond those included in the Prize itself (including transfers to and from the airport, meals and drinks). We accept no liability for any changes in the details, including dates and times, of any flights, other transport, airport details, accommodation or other aspects of the Prize. You will be responsible for any inoculation and other health or visa requirements for your destination.
Your entry or participation in a contest and/or Prize is at your own risk and your health and safety is your own responsibility. If the contest or Prize requires you to undertake any physical activity please ensure, before entering the contest, that you (i) are in good health and (ii) have no underlying medical condition and are taking no medication that could adversely affect you. Please ensure that you notify us immediately if you become ill or become aware of any other relevant medical or health and safety information which could affect your participation in a contest and/or Prize. You must comply with all safety requests made by us or our representatives.
You must hold a valid passport with at least 3 months’ further duration and which contains no visa restrictions on your ability to travel to the relevant destination. Passport control and in-country authorities reserve the right to refuse entry. If you are refused passage and or entry/exit to or from the country being visited, any additional costs and losses incurred will be your sole responsibility. You must comply with the terms and conditions, including health and safety requirements, of the Prize provider, the airline and other carriers and venues involved in the contest or the Prize including all health and safety guidelines and instructions and all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
By entering your work in this contest, you and your company or organization grant consent and license to RCGD for the use of your name, design and representations of your design in any media, anywhere in the world, without compensation or credit, for RCGD promotional and editorial reasons only.
- PROPRIETARY RIGHTS
By entering a contest or submitting images or any other materials in relation to a contest or Prize you: (i) confirm the grant by you to us of a worldwide, perpetual, royalty free licence in the Intellectual Property Rights in the Products or contest entry, (ii) waive any moral rights and like rights you have in relation to the Products or contest entry so that we shall be entitled to use the Products or contest entry in any and all media at no cost to us and (iii) warrant to us that the Products or contest entry:
– are personal and related specifically to you;
– are owned and controlled by you and that you have the right, power and authority to grant the rights set out in these Terms;
– will not infringe the Intellectual Property Rights, privacy or any other rights of any third party;
– will not contain anything which is untrue, defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening;
– do not violate any applicable law or regulation (including any laws regarding anti-discrimination or false advertising);
– are not obscene or pornographic;
– do not, to the best of the your knowledge, contain any viruses or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information;
– are free from any encumbrances such that we may use the Products in accordance with and in the manner set out in these Terms.
Entrants will indemnify the RCGD Global Design Contest 2021 in partnership with TENCEL™ and CLO or its affiliates against all costs, losses, damages, expenses and liabilities (including for loss of reputation and goodwill and professional advisors fees) suffered by us arising as a result of a breach by you of your obligations under the Terms or in any way in connection with your failure to follow our reasonable instructions with regard to your entry into the contest or taking of any Prize.
The RCGD Global Design Contest 2021 in partnership with TENCEL™and CLO are not liable for any copyright or trademark infringement on the part of the entrant. Contest entrants are advised and required to obtain third party consents where required by law or by best ethical practices.
- OWNERSHIP OF WORKS
Entrants own the I.P. rights to the original design sketches they submit to the RCGD Global Design Contest 2021 in partnership with TENCEL™and CLO contest. RCGD does not own the original I.P. rights or works entered into the contest, but has a royalty-free, perpetual right to use that work in connection with publicity and promotion of RCGD programs.
Red Carpet Green Dress owns the contest text entries with regards to the contest creative challenge answers found on page 2 of the entry form. Red Carpet Green Dress are able to use said text and information for their own purposes such as market research or promotional materials. RCGD Global Design Contest 2021 sponsors or partners (Businesses and Organizations) do not own design entries, original research, or design materials that they sponsor unless a written license or other transfer of rights in those works is executed by the author(s) and acknowledged in writing by all parties, including RCGD.
You agree to keep confidential any information which you know or reasonably ought to know is confidential and relates to us, our business or the contest or Prize. You agree to participate, at our request, in publicity (including interviews). We may refer to your association with the contest and/or the Prize in all publicity, marketing and materials.
By entering the RCGD Global Design Contest 2021 in partnership with TENCEL™ and CLO contest, participants release the RCGD sponsors, Jury participants and their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers, employees, volunteers, families and shareholders from all liability of any kind relating to these contests.
We reserve the right (without accepting any liability or giving you any compensation) to disqualify you from a contest and/or withhold or withdraw a Prize (or seek compensation from you therefore) if (in our opinion, which shall be final):
you are in breach of the Terms or any of your obligations, representations and/or warranties under this Agreement;
– your conduct is inappropriate or contrary to the spirit or intention of the Terms or of the contest;
– you have committed or undertaken any fraud, dishonesty, deceit, misconduct or similar action including providing any false or incorrect information;
– your act(s) or omission(s) might have an adverse effect on the contest and partners
– it is in our best interests to do so.
We reserve the right to disqualify you from the contest and/or Prize (without liability or compensation) if you (in our opinion, which shall be final) conduct yourself in a way which exposes you or others to any medical, security, safety or other risk whatsoever (including being intoxicated or abusive in any way). Entries that are incomplete, indecipherable, corrupt, late or otherwise not in accordance with entry instructions will not be accepted. In the event of your disqualification from the contest/Prize:
We reserve the right to select another Entrant to take part in the contest/receive the Prize; and you may be required to pay any costs incurred.
The liability of RCGD to the Entrant, whether said liability stems from any breach of contract or duty, for any damages, costs, loss of goodwill or financial income suffered by the Entrant, will be limited to the nominal value of $50 (the standard contest entry fee value). These rules will be governed by the laws of the State of California, without regard to California’s conflicts of law principles. The legal relationships shall be governed exclusively by United States law. This shall also apply when the entrant or any RCGD event is located outside the USA. Any dispute relating to the contests or related events and media or these rules will be resolved by arbitration in California in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. Should any of the above provisions be rendered ineffective in whole or in part, all other provisions shall remain effective. Terms that differ from these Terms and Conditions shall not apply unless the RCGD Administrator has given specific written consent. All published data subject to change
13.1 We shall be entitled, in our reasonable discretion, to cancel, delay and/or recommence a contest with immediate effect by on-air or online announcement without any liability to you. If we cancel a contest after you have claimed a Prize, we will use our reasonable endeavours to offer you an alternative Prize. If we offer you an alternative Prize but you do not accept it, you shall have no claim against us.
13.2 We may cancel a contest if we believe we have good reason to do so, including if
13.3 There have been any errors in the preparation for, or the conduct of, the contest materially affecting the result of the contest, the number of Prize claims or the value of the Prize claims.
- EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY/INDEMNITY
14.1 Nothing in the Terms excludes our liability for:
14.1.1 death or personal injury arising out of our negligence or the negligence of our employees; (Clause)
14.1.2 fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation by us or our employees; or
14.1.3 any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by law.
14.2 Without prejudice to the provisions of Clause 14.1, we exclude all liability whatsoever for any costs, expenses, losses, damages, liabilities, injury or disappointment (other than any costs and expenses specifically provided for in the contest and/or Prize) including any loss of profit, business, contracts, revenues or anticipated savings and whether special, direct, indirect or consequential suffered by you howsoever arising in connection with the contest and/or Prize.
14.3 Without prejudice to the provisions of Clause 14.1 and subject to the provisions of Clause 14.2, we shall have no liability whatsoever:
– in the event of online entries delayed or not received by us as a result of network incompatibility, technical faults or for any other reason;
– for any person not being able to enter a contest for any reason, including system failure, error, the application through which online entries are made being down, hacks on the system or personal computer issues;
– for any losses suffered by you in submitting data to any of our websites
- FORCE MAJEURE
RCGD shall not be liable to perform any of our obligations under the contest or in respect of the Prizes where we are unable to do so as a result of unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond our reasonable control and whilst we may (but shall not be obliged to) endeavour to provide an alternative Prize of equal value, we shall not be liable to compensate you in such circumstances.
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