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Book Review on Mary Oliver’s Selected Essays, Upstream

Poet Mary Oliver delivered a beautifully woven collection in her last cohesive publication of essays entitled Upstream. The topics of these shorts range in fluid themes but are equally explorative. Although each of these essays could stand alone, Oliver takes us on a journey of the world through her eyes that starts out as equally …

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3 Ways To Protect The Amazon Rainforest From the Leather Fashion Industry

The once lush, green landscape of the Amazon rainforest is in trouble and dwindling more and more as the years pass. The main contributor to this disastrous conclusion is the fashion industry, specifically leather production. Dense woodland landscapes and trees are torn down to make room for cattle farms and tanneries while accommodating the high …

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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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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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