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.
In the introduction of Shaping Sustainable Fashion, first published in 2011, the authors promise to reveal sustainability innovations of which fashion is capable; those which will move fashion industry forward, away from outdated wasteful processes, and towards a cleaner, updated model.
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.
At the time that I read Cradle to Cradle, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, I was looking for information about sustainability...looking for ways to enjoy food, travel, and especially clothing without the consumption guilt that had been gradually creeping in.
I cannot pinpoint the exact moment that I connected the dots between shopping for pleasure and the waste represented by piles of unwanted clothing culled from a closet. I recall a gradual awakening to it, and I recall that the awareness ran parallel to the ever-deepening inquiry we make into the provenance of food.