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People of Planet Earth v. Amazon

Amazon.com has grown into a massive corporation. But with a history of unsustainable practices and recent workers’ rights violations brought to light, many people have begun to seek an alternative. Amazon seems to be reasonably self-aware, too, as they’re now attempting to rebrand themselves as more eco-friendly. Still, even recent actions say otherwise.  Other media …

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The Ejidos of Mexico Fighting for Environmental Justice

Environmental Injustices and issues have left BIPOC communities vulnerable and at-risk worldwide. In Mexico, a small community of indigenous people occupies communal lands called “ejido,” where they have legal rights but not land ownership.  Indigenous ejido ancestry predates Spanish colonization in the 1500s, where their land rights stem from Aztec heritage. But, ownership of these …

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In the Game of On-Demand Fashion, Sell’s on First, and Make’s on Second

  When we think about fashion, we typically think about what’s on-trend, what brands are the latest obsession, what shoes will look best with that top.  Sustainably minded shoppers have pushed the envelope as of late, asking questions like, “what’s in my clothes?” or “who made my clothes”? With statistics like “less than 1% of …

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rPET: Sustainable Fashion’s Problem Child 

      What is rPET? In fashion, rPET (or recycled polyethylene terephthalate) typically means single-use plastic bottles, old fishing nets, and industrial waste turned into recycled polyester.  We’re all familiar with polyester, because it’s everywhere. It’s the most widely used fabric in the world, accounting for 52% of all fiber production in 2020 (double …

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The (R)evolution of Regenerative Agriculture: From Farm to Fashion

When we think of the faces behind our apparel and textile businesses, we usually picture the cutters, seamsters, and patternmakers. We don’t have to think deeper into the supply chain to bring our work to life. But in actuality, the tireless labor and dedication of agricultural workers are at the source of most of our …

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Carbon or Climate Neutrality – What It Is and What It Isn’t.

    You hear about a lot of beauty companies touting climate neutrality as a way to be more sustainable. While it’s wonderful to see companies and brands step up and adopt more sustainable business practices, consumers need to understand what climate neutrality means and what it doesn’t.   What does climate neutrality mean? Climate …

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How To “Slay Responsibly” With Zavier Clark

#SlayingResponsibly is more than a hashtag; it is a mindset.   The concept was bred out of a to include self-care practices into my consumption habits as an individual. As a Black, plus-size, queer, nonbinary person who often consumes luxury products, I felt like I was not the picture-perfect example of what the industry was …

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Clothing Brands that are Guilty of Greenwashing

What is Greenwashing? Whether you are deeply invested in the controversies of sustainable fashion or not, you may be familiar with the booming term, “greenwashing”. Greenwashing can be defined as the act of falsely marketing a product or company to have deceiving environmental responsibility. This can be exhibited in the form of fake association with …

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5 Ways to Donate to Reduce Waste and Ensure Reuse

I still cannot believe it’s been over a year (pre-pandemic times, oh my!) since I volunteered with sorting items to be processed and priced at Goodwill. One by one, I went through clothing donations, inspecting their condition and evaluating each piece, making the call on what could be sold in-store.  Although this experience sometimes feels …

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