Fast fashion may seem affordable, but its true cost goes beyond the price tags on clothing. The industry’s unsustainable, unethical practices have negatively impacted the environment and its current lack of government regulations has allowed these practices to run rampant around the globe. Despite the dominance of cheap, quick clothing production among modern retailers, Syracuse University biomedical engineering alumna Alexis Peña and her colleague, Lauren Blake, are determined to revolutionize the textile industry with their start-up, Good Fibes.

Alumna Develops a New-Fashioned Sustainability Initiative