Green America featured an issue about the toxic chemicals used in conventional clothing production in their Fall 2015 bi-monthly magazine, Green American. Toxic chemicals affect the health of farmers, workers, the end user and the environment. The Fall 2015 issue of Green American includes articles like Detox Your Closet, 7 Tips for Less Toxic Togs, The (Toxic) Fabrics of Our Lives, The Trouble with Nano Fabrics, etc. Read these articles to help you shift to a planet and people friendly closet.
A must watch for everyone who buys (cheap, fast) fashion. Stream it on Netflix before your next fashion spree. And it features Patagonia, a pioneer in sustainable apparel, where I worked as a senior designer.
Thank you Andrew Morgan & Livia Firth for bringing awareness about this issue to the masses.
On April 24th we invite you to wear your clothes inside out and post a photo using the hashtags #whomademyclothes? and #FashRev to raise awareness about where your clothes are made, in efforts to shift the fashion and apparel industry toward ethical and sustainable practices.
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Though Earth Day is every day, the 22nd is a day when we can all focus our attention to move the world forward into implementing sustainable solutions, so that we can help reduce the effects of climate change and leave a healthy planet for generations to come.
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I love upcycling. It is part of my work to repurpose old garments into new and better wearable art pieces. Making things from scratch with fine sustainable materials is beautiful. But there is something exciting about making “new” gorgeous clothing from old garments found in our closets or vintage finds. Adding new life to pieces that we hold dear, yet don’t wear anymore, is a great way to keep them away from landfills and give them a new life.
Watch this video of East London based upcycling designers Kerry Seager and Annika Sanders from Kirsten Dirksen and faircompanies.com, and get their book Junky Styling: Wardrobe Surgery to learn how you can upcycle your old treasures.
It was truly a pleasure to work with such a like-minded leader and visionary while I was still working as a Senior Designer at Patagonia. Yvon is such a delight and full of insight. I still enjoy hearing about him and the emails I get periodically from Malinda Chouinard – the woman behind many of the company’s family-friendly and social/eco practices. Watch the video on this link: https://www.greenbiz.com/video/2013/03/01/patagonia-responsible-company. In this video he talks about corporate responsibility and authenticity. He also points out how we as consumers, not designers, have the power to make a difference with our wallets and the choices we make.