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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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Thrift Your Gifts: Five Preloved Gift Ideas for the Ones You Love 

      Why spend more this season when you can meaningfully give a whole lot for a lot less! By thrifting your gifts, you’re giving back FOUR times – to: The community: By shopping at nonprofits like Goodwill. Every donation and sale helps Goodwill provide free job training, education, and placement services to people …

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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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Are Halloween Pumpkins a Problem for the Planet? by Aalia Mauro

After the trick-or-treaters have gone home, what becomes of the Halloween pumpkins that have outlived their decorative purpose?     You might be tempted just to throw them all away—and that’s certainly what many people do. Every year, more than 1 billion pounds of pumpkin get tossed out and left to rot in America’s landfills. Some are …

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How to Sustain Your Sustainability

photo: @carissaandclimate IG   In 2021, the word “sustainable,” has become a household term. Whether it’s a sustainable collection line or a buzzword on an advertisement, it’s clear that sustainability is a key part of the future of consumer culture. What does sustainability truly mean though? Sustaining something means keeping it afloat in perpetuity – …

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Sustainable Alternatives to Anthropologie Best Sellers

Stylish, unique, and staple pieces never have to come from fast fashion brands! We can all love and appreciate the beauty of trendy brands such as Anthropologie, Free People, or Urban Outfitters. Still, the guilt of supporting unethical practices can be unbearable. Instead of purchasing pieces from Anthropologie that you might be tempted by, shop …

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