Norton School Director Has Passion for Sustainable Fashion

February is a big month for fashion, with Fashion Week runway shows taking place in New York, Paris, London and, beginning this week, Milan.

It might also be an appropriate time to reflect on consumer trends in the fashion industry – something that is always on the mind of Jana Hawley, director of the UA's John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

As director of the school, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Hawley's research focuses largely on sustainability in the clothing industry and textile recycling.

"I started doing recycling research in the late '90s when I was an assistant professor at the University of North Texas," Hawley said. "I chose the topic because my background is in fashion, but I wanted my work to be more meaningful. I wanted to contribute (research) to some of the issues that the industry has, and one of those issues is overconsumption and, therefore, too much waste."

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