The fashion industry accounts for around 8 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, making it the third highest polluting industry on the planet. Textile production is a leading contributor to climate change, there has never been a more crucial time to choose sustainable fashion than now. We hoped that we would be able to shed light on the social and environmental impacts of fashion and raise awareness about sustainable fashion through our website.

What it does

On the main page, users can choose one of three categories: Dresses, Tops, and Pants to view some of the products from popular vendors. For each garment selected, based on the materials used, we will calculate the carbon dioxide emission, water usage, energy usage, eutrophy, and chemistry scores. We also report the overall sustainability score. Users can add the garment of their choice to the virtual wardrobe using the Add to Wardrobe button. On the calculator page, users can evaluate any outfit they have by entering the material makeup of the garment. Users can then upload a photo of their garment and add it to the virtual wardrobe. On the wardrobe page, we display all the outfits added by the user and calculate the overall sustainability scores for the wardrobe. Users can press the remove button to remove an outfit from the wardrobe and the scores will be recalculated. We have integrated a chatbot that answers questions about sustainable fashion, the need for it, its benefits, and the Higg MSI score.

How we built it

We built our project using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. We used the AnyChart API to display the charts for the component scores and the overall sustainability score. We created our chatbot using IBM Watson.

Challenges we ran into

This was the first time we used the AnyChart library so we faced a learning curve there. It was also quite a challenge to come up with an idea that suited the theme of the hackathon. We also had difficulties getting the image carousel to work. We also had some trouble using the local storage for building our virtual wardrobe.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud that we were able to create a user-friendly website that can enable users to understand the environmental impact of their fashion choices and for building a virtual wardrobe that clearly measures the sustainability of their choices. We are very proud of building this website from scratch in such a short timeframe.

What we learned

Through this project, we learned the impact of fast fashion on the environment and how to make environmentally friendly clothing choices. We also learned how to use AnyChart API.

What's next for EcoChic Go

Our future goal for EcoChic is to make it into a Chrome extension so that users can check the environmental impact of any apparel that they wish to buy. We also want to add database support.

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