💌 Welcome to Issue #56 of The Conscious Edit

🌱 Spring is quickly approaching here in the Northern Hemisphere and with the change of seasons — especially spring and fall — there's always a push from Big Fashion to buy all of the latest and greatest seasonal trends.

But as Contributing Writer Stella broke down for us recently, these trend cycles — and their increasing speed — are contributing to the rise of ultra fast fashion (and the waste that comes with it).

👀 So I just wanted to pop in a reminder that a change in weather does *not* require new clothing!

Now this isn't at all about shaming anyone for buying something or telling you that you can't buy anything. That's never been my message, and in all transparency, I also have a few things on my wishlist that I am weighing over.

➡️ Rather, I want to counteract the marketing out there that tells us we NEED the latest 'it' accessories or the color/print/styles of the season...

There are actually a lot of different ways to celebrate a change of seasons and experience novelty, if that's what you're craving.

🌸 Here's how I'm celebrating the first signs of spring... 🌸

🥬 Signing up for a CSA (which stands for Community Supported Agriculture) so I can get local, seasonal veggies this summer and fall.

(If you also live in the Chicagoland area, check out Angelic Organics. They are a certified organic farm using biodynamic practices! Or find a CSA near you using this directory.)

🍅 Planting seeds to grow some of our own tomatoes and peppers on our balcony. [Here's a guide on where to find local, organic seeds across North America]

🧹 Doing some spring cleaning and organizing because who wants to be doing that stuff in a few weeks the weather is so beautiful outside?!

👚 Rediscovering my favorite warm weather clothing after taking out the bin I've been storing under the bed. Each year, it truly gives me the same feeling as buying new things, I swear...

🎧 Listening to fresh, mood-boosting music. I've had mxmtoon on repeat!


💬  Now I'd love to hear from you: how are you celebrating the start of spring (or fall if you're in the Southern Hemisphere) this year?

Can't wait to hear from you! 

In the meantime, check out this week's reads & recs below.

💕 Elizabeth | Founder, Conscious Life & Style

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Fashion Trend Cycles and the Rise of Ultra Fast Fashion by Stella Hertantyo on Conscious Life & Style

Speaking of seasonal trends... let's talk about the trend cycle. In this article, Stella is breaking down: 

👗 The 5 stages of a fashion trend cycle (plus what a 'trend' is anyway!)
🛍 What the 'hypercycle' is and how it's driving ultra-fast fashion
👗 The impact of ultra-fast fashion on people + planet
🛍 The role that trend forecasters play, and how they can use their influence to create a better fashion future

Dive in here.



How should we think about how we pay for our clothes? via Fashionista

A new white paper on greenwashing highlights that the environmental impact of fashion is not being properly assessed via EcoAge

The UK Competition and Markets Authority has advised the UK government to introduce standard legal definitions for sustainability claims via Just Style

Why is it so important to call out greenwashing? Because it's working. Consumers ranked H&M, Nike, Primark, M&S, and Amazon as the top 5 most sustainable companies in fashion. via RetailWeek

Two powerhouses, the Global Fashion Agenda and the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action are teaming up to accelerate progress or circularity and renewable energy via Vogue Business

Fashion resale consolidation continues as Vestiaire Collective buys Tradesy via Glossy

You may have heard Kim Kardashian's .. controversial .. advice to working women by now. Well, Kim must have forgotten that the Bangladeshi garment workers making clothes for her brand Skims earn just $96/month, after working 10-hour days. Oh, and Skims is also not paying a penny for worker safety. via Remake's Instagram

An open letter to the jewelry industry: your gold could be funding Russia's war via Vogue Business [paywall]


Sustainable Fashion Blogs for a Dose of Conscious Style Inspiration

Last week, I shared a roundup of sustainable living blogs and this week, I rounded up 15 ethical, eco, and slow fashion bloggers. (Stay tuned next week for a list of conscious fashion influencers from Stella!)

These blogs talk about a wide range of topics like thrifting, mending, social justice, minimalism, textiles, worker rights, inclusivity, capsule wardrobes, DIYs and much more.


Soil-to-Soil Podcast by Fibershed

How am I just finding out about this podcast?! Fibershed is a nonprofit advocating for natural fiber systems and a regenerative fashion future.

This show is dedicated to "connecting the dots in the lifestyle of clothing and material culture. Each episode offers a look at how, and why, the Fibershed community is working to cultivate fiber and dye systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere."

Episodes in my queue:

How can fiber systems sequester carbon?
How can soil connect communities and economies?
How clothing can restore climate and community

Low Waste & Eco-Friendly Lip Balms by Alicia Briggs on Conscious Life & Style

No matter what time of year it is, lip balm is an everyday can't-leave-the-house-without-it kind of essential (or is that just me?)

Thankfully for us, lifestyle & travel writer Alicia has rounded up 16 eco-conscious lip balms and salves with low waste packaging. Check out the brands.

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