This year I am going to do a better job at being sustainable. I already have plans to give up my SUV in June, which I am certain will significantly reduce my carbon footprint. Until then, I have big plans to cut down on my indulging on clothing. Did you know that next to oil, the clothing industry is the world’s largest source of pollution?
Marinate on that.
I am going to delve deeper into my Shopping Moratorium 2019 tomorrow, but in the meantime, I want to leave you with a round up of sartorial sustainability focused news pieces of the past year.
- “Is Fast Fashion Giving Way to the Sustainable Wardrobe?” by Sarah Butler via The Observer, December 29, 2018, accessed online January 5, 2019
- “2018 was the Year Fashion Started to Get Serious About Sustainability” by Sophie Benson via Dazed, December 28, 2018, accessed online January 5, 2019
- “Why These Fashion Companies Are Taking Sustainability Seriously” by Lindsey Tramuta via Fortune, December 19, 2018, accessed online January 5, 2019
- “When Did Fake Leather Become So Expensive?” by Caitlyn Abber via InStyle, December 5, 2018, accessed online January 5, 2019
- “Burberry to Stop Burning Clothing and Other Goods It Can’t Sell” by Elizabeth Paton via The New York Times, September 6, 2018, accessed online January 5, 2019
- “Fast Fashion: Inside the Fight to End the Silence on Waste” by Kelly Leigh-Cooper via BBC News, July 31, 2018, accessed online January 5, 2019
- “The Ethical Fashion Movement Can’t Progress If It Ignores Plus-Size Shoppers” by Whitney Bauck via Fashionista, April 26, 2018, accessed online January 5, 2019
Kindly excuse any errors I made in citations. My memorization of the Chicago Manual style is clearly fuzzy.
Let’s meet back here next Sunday and the Sunday after and discuss sustainability in fashion. From the above pieces, I think we can conclude that 2018 was sustainability’s breakout year in the clothing industry. Let’s do better in 2019.
Count me in. Are you? Sound off in the comments.