I bumped into Reunion Yarn Company on Instagram, and I'm so glad that I did! The enterprising Emily Felix has perfected a technique for unraveling yarn as a way to keep sweaters out of the landfill. Even better, she is now sharing her techniques with other people, at very reasonable prices.Read More
Textile Exchange is a non-profit head-quartered in Texas, and is devoted to inspiring sustainability improvements in the textile supply chain. Founded in 2002 by LaRhea Pepper with a focus on organic cotton, it has now expanded and offers information and certification standards across down, organic fibers, and recycled fibers, among other things.Read More
You guys, this is the resource I have been waiting for! The Conscious Chatter podcasts offer so much food for thought and so many exceptional guests. It packs a punch when it comes to inspiration for making apparel choices with positivity, with knowledge, with confidence and without guilt.Read More
It's well-known that Eileen Fisher has been a pioneer in sustainable fashion, but did you know about their clothing take back and recycling initiatives? Check the Eileen Fisher Renew website to see more of what they are working on, and listen to this amazing podcast to hear more about their efforts so far.Read More
Deluxe is one of the first books that I read that linked clothing to sustainability issues for me. Sustainability isn't a specific topic in the book, which is unsurprising given the year of publication (2007) but the connection is present, particularly in hindsight. Deluxe is also a book that offers an explanation for why it feels like we (the common, non-fancy consumers) were suddenly surrounded by everything fancy, seemingly overnight.
The author, experienced journalist Dana Thomas, walks the reader through the origins of luxury, from when clothing and luggage were made to order, crafted from beginning to end by one person, rather than manufactured on an assembly line. At that time, rich artisanal materials and careful, personal process were what categorized a product as a luxury item. Then gradually the great luxury houses such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Dior were bought, sold, absorbed and reconfigured by the desires of the shareholders and the mass market. Over time they became brands, focusing more on profit, production costs, and retail stores, than on the hand-crafted, personalized goods which had been their hallmark.Read More
It is troubling that when we aim for change, we sometimes falter because the change seems to lack sufficient magnitude to justify the effort. For example, it is startling to hear people say that alternative energy is a pointless pursuit because it only supplies a minuscule amount of that which is necessary to meet our needs. This line of thinking leaves me cold because everything starts small. There were horses, and now there are cars. There were leeches, and now there is medicine and surgery. People wore animal skins, and now there is fine cloth knit on intricate machines. It is productive instead to view the process of cleaning up our world as an intricate web, and one where every small victory is another crucial thread untangled.
Future Fashion White Papers leads me to think about this phenomenon because when I first read it, five or so years ago, finding information about where and how my clothing was made felt impossible, and locating designers and makers working on sustainable, or even local, production was an uphill battle. But now, only five years later, it feels that much progress has been made.Read More