As a do-gooder group we often get caught up in the hustle of help. But if we’re not careful we pigeonhole the most valuable asset of our supply chain into a small confined box they can’t get out of. We have to redefine our view of garment workers and the value they bring to the table. Here are the 3 most common misconceptions made about garment workers, that we’ve even been guilty of ourselves at times.
It’s no secret that cold-weather clothes make my heart beat a little bit faster. I love the depth of warm colors, the versatility and interest of layers, and the creativity that goes into putting together a cold-weather outfit. Although Summer has it’s perks, after a few months of “shorts, t-shirt, flip-flops, repeat” I get a little bit bored. Fall and Winter, though, bring endless potential and seem to give my wardrobe a much needed boost in motivation once October rolls around.
In 2014, I attended a textiles expo in New York City. The 18th floor of Hotel Pennsylvania was host to dozens of fabric suppliers, as well as a series of seminars for designer entrepreneurs. I went to network with suppliers and potential Factory45’ers and get an insider’s view of the “non” sustainable fashion world (it looks a lot different).
While there was a limited number of vendors selling organic cotton or recycled fabrics, I did attend a seminar that explored the future of textiles. Below is a nod to the newest wave of innovation coming out of the textile industry with a focus on sustainability:
Since May, zero waste enthusiasts Lauren Singer & Daniel Silverstein have been helping New Yorkers transition to a low waste lifestyle with a pop up shop and now they are here to stay! So we wanted to make sure you knew about it and the 5 things we think you’ll love.
I have always loved fashion. I love how it can make people feel. When you survey the pieces in your closet you find you’re very rarely apathetic to any of them. Each piece is tied to a memory, a feeling, good or bad. As I gained experience in the industry, and ultimately fell down the rabbit hole into ethical fashion, I loved experiencing the other side of the industry and the global impact of fashion. Not only does fashion impact us as consumers, but it impacts hundreds of thousands of people as workers. It led me to believe that fashion can truly change the world and here’s why.
Each new season calls for a closet cleanout. As you switch over to your Fall Winter wardrobe it’s the perfect time to assess what you don’t need anymore and how you can make more room in your life to breathe. Here’s 5 companies helping you clean out your closet, you can thank us later.
By Megan Dawson-Elli, Business Development Manager, THR3EFOLD
If you’re new on the sustainability scene you may find this idea of conscious fashion to be completely new, when in fact, momentum has been building for years. From the groovy hippies of the past to the Green Carpet Challenge at the Met Gala, take a look at our cheat sheet for critical events that have shaped sustainable and ethical fashion.
Fall is full speed ahead and showing no signs of slowing down. So if your busy life isn’t changing, how can you create space to keep your zen? Here’s 5 zen giving practices you can implement to be a conscious consumer this fall.
In 2015, I watched The True Cost documentary, and like many other people have since then, I learned that fashion is the largest labored industry, employing 1 in 6 people in the world. This may seem impossible so let me offer some food for thought:
When it comes to the diamond industry, the definition of the term “conflict-free” has become blurred over recent years. It is not uncommon for traditional jewelers to claim that their diamonds are conflict-free when they truly are not. As a result, consumers are intentionally mislead. While this alleviates consumer buying doubts, it has consequentially sold countless unethical diamonds. Here’s the breakdown on “conflict free” diamonds and where you can shop instead.
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