💌 Welcome to Issue #57 of The Conscious Edit

With its notoriously opaque supply chains, a heavy environmental impact, rampant worker rights abuses, and an endless thirst for growth, fixing the fashion industry can feel overwhelming (to say the least).

✨ And yet, there are those changemakers that inspire us to push on and to keep advocating for a better fashion future.

The ones that inspire us to envision a more equitable industry — and then prove to us that it is, in fact, *possible*. ✨

Ngozi Okaro is one of those people. 

Ngozi is the founder and Executive Director of Custom Collaborative, a New York-based nonprofit that trains, mentors, and advocates for marginalized women to succeed in the sustainable fashion industry. 

🎙 And I had the privilege to be able to interview Ngozi for the latest Conscious Style Podcast episode to get a closer look at the deeply transformative work that Custom Collaborative is doing in this space.

Also in this episode, you'll hear Ngozi talk about:

🪡 What manufacturing co-ops are and how they can help create a more equitable fashion industry;

🪡 Why sustainable fashion must prioritize people;

🪡 And how local manufacturing — coupled with strong worker-centered legislation — can facilitate more transparent and ethical fashion supply chains. 

🎧  Listen to or read the transcript of this conversation with Ngozi.


Now let's get on to the rest of this week's reads and recommendations!

💕 Elizabeth | Founder, Conscious Life & Style

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Fashion Traceability is Confusing — Here's What You Should Know via Good On You

Traceability is a common buzzword in sustainable fashion circles, but what does it actually mean? And how does it differ from another oft-repeated (and greenwashed) term, transparency?

This is a great breakdown of what true traceability is, how transparency & traceability are being used in fast fashion greenwashing campaigns, and what we should be on the lookout for.



Meet Kalpona Akter, a woman who has dedicated her life to defending the rights of garment workers in Bangladesh via Vogue

Scientists have detected microplastics in human blood for the first time via The Guardian

Destroying unsold goods could soon be banned in Scotland via BBC News

Rent the Runway announces goal to "displace the need for new production of 500,000 garments" by the end of 2026 via Global Newswire

Shein is infamously exploitative — and it might be even worse than you think via Good On You

On clothing donations to Ukrainian aid distribution centers: "many people have been incredibly generous to Ukraine, but other people are just getting rid of their worn-out clothes. Some of the donations are junk." via NPR

The US securities regulator is considering new rules that would require public companies to disclose emissions and climate goals via Vogue Business

How Céline Semaan evolved Slow Factory into a leading platform in digital advocacy via W Magazine

An exciting update from Custom Collaborative! The organization's recent partnership with Higg will boost sustainability jobs for marginalized women


Conscious Fashion Influencers Inspiring Sustainable Style and Systems Change by Stella Hertantyo for Conscious Life & Style

"Being a sustainable fashion influencer comes with a lot of nuances, but these creators are on a mission to consciously challenge the fashion status quo by sharing educational information, celebrating ethical brands, shedding light on social and environmental ills, and creating useful tutorials for thrifting, upcycling, mending, and so much more.

On top of it all, these creators are showing us that sustainable fashion can be fun!"


15 Sustainable Fashion Podcasts to Add to Your Queue

These podcasts cover sustainability in fashion, garment worker rights, slow fashion, secondhand style, mending & sewing, industry news, conscious brand advice, and more. 

So go ahead and add these podcasts to your listening queue for support on your sustainable fashion journey, whatever that may look like for you!

Genderless Slow Fashion Brands Helping to Create a More Inclusive Industry by Stella Hertantyo for Conscious Fashion Collective

"Degendering fashion speaks to the process of reimagining and reinterpreting all clothing — regardless of silhouette, color, or fit — as genderless.

With that in mind, these 10 genderless slow fashion brands are stepping away from the gender binary and reminding us that clothing is meant for anybody that feels called to wear it."

Related: Meet 5 Changemakers Challenging Gender Binaries in Fashion

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