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What You Can Do to Make Your Clothing Ocean Safe

What You Can Do to Make Your Clothing Ocean Safe

As Fashion Week kicks off in New York City Thursday, it’s a good time to think about the impact that our clothing has on the environment. In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the problem of microplastics, which enter rivers and oceans, accumulate toxins and work their way up the marine food chain […]

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    New Report Promotes Need for Fashion Industry Action

    New Report Promotes Need for Fashion Industry Action

    By Linda Greer The fashion industry doesn’t necessarily have the biggest nose-to-the-grindstone, follow-the-numbers reputation of an industry, let’s face it. It is better known for its creativity, innovation and trendsetting. But this sector packs a major punch environmentally, let me tell you—in terms of climate impact, water use and pollution. We urgently need a serious […]

    Consumer Society No Longer Serves Our Needs

    Consumer Society No Longer Serves Our Needs

    My parents were born in Vancouver—dad in 1909, mom in 1911—and married during the Great Depression. It was a difficult time that shaped their values and outlook, which they drummed into my sisters and me. “Save some for tomorrow,” they often scolded. “Share; don’t be greedy.” “Help others when they need it because one day […]

    Fast Fashion Wrecks the Environment: Here Are 3 Ways to Slow It Down

    Fast Fashion Wrecks the Environment: Here Are 3 Ways to Slow It Down

    By Gabriele Salari The fashion industry is considered to be one of the most polluting in the world. Its material-intensive business model relies heavily on our addiction to overconsumption and feeds the destruction of the planet. There is one way to solve the problem: slowing down fashion. We need a model that doesn’t compromise on […]

    Mindless Overconsumption Is Destroying You and the Planet

    Mindless Overconsumption Is Destroying You and the Planet

    By Frances Lo Do your clothes make you happy? Or, after the excitement of the shopping spree fades, does your new stuff tend to lose its in-store magic by the time it’s reached your wardrobe? A new survey of international buying habits has found that we buy far more than we need and use. Two […]

    How Fast Fashion Is Killing Rivers Worldwide

    How Fast Fashion Is Killing Rivers Worldwide

    In the opening scene of the new documentary RiverBlue, deep magenta wastewater spills into a river in China as the voice of fashion designer and activist Orsola de Castro can be heard saying “there is a joke in China that you can tell the ‘it’ color of the season by looking at the color of […]

    Black Friday: ‘The Planet Can’t Handle It Anymore’

    Black Friday: ‘The Planet Can’t Handle It Anymore’

    By Kirsten Brodde Black Friday and Cyber Monday are expected to generate billions of dollars in sales for clothing and other products this year. But this shopping bonanza also generates greater volumes of waste than ever. That is bad news for the environment. Instead of chasing prey in the jungle like our ancestors did, we […]

    Fast Fashion: Cheap Clothes = Huge Environmental Cost

    Fast Fashion: Cheap Clothes = Huge Environmental Cost

    Fast fashion brands may be killing the planet, a Newsweek investigation revealed earlier this month. Clothes which are processed to get them on the market as quickly as possible—a model favored by H&M, Zara’s, and Forever 21—come at a very high environmental cost, with millions of tons of clothes winding up in trash bins, incinerators […]