So many of us are trying to bring more sustainability into our everyday lives. How we eat, how we drive, and of course where we shop has been impacted by this desire. When it comes to fashion it’s hard to know where to start.
Do you throw all your big box items in the trash today?
Do you start making your own clothes out of old bedsheets?
Do you only buy locally made products?
In celebration of World Book Day, we wanted to offer five fantastic books for making more sustainable fashion choices in 2020.
In 2012, Elizabeth L. Cline released Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion and exposed “hidden toll on garment workers, the environment, and even our own satisfaction with our clothes.” Her most recent release, The Conscious Closet, is a guide for how individuals can implement more sustainability in their wardrobe. Starting with determining your style and moving through recycling old clothes, investing in high-quality pieces and green laundry, Cline gives you all the tools to clean up your closet.
Want to know more about the movement to make fashion more environmentally friendly? Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas covers both the crisis and the grassroots efforts to reform.
Fashion journalist Clare Press addresses the issue around being unable to identify where our clothes actually come from. In her book, Wardrobe Crisis, she traces the origins of fashion from Chanel to Dior and examines the entire ecosystem that comprises a $1.5 trillion industry. From that exploration, she dives into the need for a fashion revolution among both consumers and creators.
Unfortunately, there is a dark underbelly in the fast-fashion world. In Slave to Fashion by Safia Minney, the very human element of the fashion industry is exposed. Global demand for cheap labor and how it impacts the fashion industry is an important part of understanding the need for more sustainable brands.
There are ways to both look good and do good when it comes to fashion. In Greta Eagan’s Wear No Evil, she talks about the fashion industry’s deep need for a reboot. She also covers things from the consumer standpoint though, addressing closet cleansing, eco-friendly wardrobes and even more beauty products like hair, nails, makeup and more.
If you’re celebrating World Book Day, make sure you pick up one of these books on sustainable fashion.
And if you think you might be someone who can propel the fashion world forward, also make sure you pick up Beginner’s Pluck by our very Liz Bohannon, which is on sale this month.