💌 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