Ethics & Sustainability
WEAR Sustain acknowledges the interdisciplinary and diversity of the wearable technology, smart and e-textile fields and advocates the need for a more sustainable, ethical approach to technology and textiles development.

Our mandate is to contribute to a change of culture, endorse the societal and economic added value of creativity, and promote a more innovation-oriented mindset rooted in silo-breaking collaborations between technology and the Arts.

The recent exponential development of wearable technology, smart and electronic textiles has made it apparent that sustainability and ethical issues are not well addressed within the these industries.

WEAR Sustain critical concerns:


  • The amount of data that wearable technologies capture, in particular their users’ personal data, raising ethical issues regarding ownership and processing of this data by the wearable technology manufacturers and service providers. 
  • The combined negative environmental, economic and social impact of the electronic, textiles and fashion industries on society. Ethical issues include poor labour practices and conditions within manufacturing, mineral sourcing and the supply chain.


WEAR Sustain seeks to address these issues starting with the project’s Open Call Themes, followed by the selected projects themselves, as well as through the ongoing exchange of knowledge between our contributing experts and key stakeholders within the WEAR Sustain network.