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💌 Welcome to Issue #52 of The Conscious Edit!

What would a better future for fashion look like?

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 There's no single answer to this question, but this week's edition of The Conscious Edit features some inspiring reads and listens that will hopefully spark some new ideas on a more just and sustainable fashion system.

This week on the Conscious Style Podcast, I chatted with personal style coach Elyse Holladay to talk about the power of style, how we can engage with fashion in a way that aligns with our values, and how she's built a business in fashion that is *not* focused on consumption. 

🎙️ You can find this episode, as well as the full transcript from this interview in the show notes.


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Also published recently on our sister site, Conscious Fashion Collective: a feature on 5 inspiring changemakers who are challenging gender binaries and reminding us that clothing is for everyone.

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 "Genderless" and "gender-neutral" are seemingly showing up everywhere in fashion lately. But in this article, Contributing Writer Stella Hertantyo went beyond the buzzwords and interviewed 5 thought-leaders to dive deeper into the movement to degender fashion and how this movement can create a more inclusive and sustainable fashion future. 

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Plus, as always, you'll find plenty of reads and listens below that cover the latest in the fashion industry. Some are showing possible pathways forward, while others are challenging previous conceptions.

Let's dive in...


💕 Elizabeth | Founder, Conscious Life & Style

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[Pictured above] Proteters assemble outside Molly-Mae's not so pretty little runway show in London via Dazed Digital

Lessons from the four-day work week trials from beauty and fashion brands via Vogue Business

Here's what actually happens to all of those online shopping returns via Rest of World

You might have seen this article being shared around: That organic cotton t-shirt may not be as organic as you think via The New York Times

*QUICK TAKE: There is a real need for more traceability in certifications overall 100%, but I wish the article talked about an overarching issue we see time and time again: whenever Big Fashion gets involved, demanding huge quantities and fast turnovers, sustainability efforts get watered down. So, I hope that there can be real solutions towards verifying organic claims, instead of people just feeling discouraged and giving up after reading this.

Follow Up: 
GOTS has since responded to the NYT article 

Related Listen: Nishanth Chopra of Oshadi, on how he's building a regenerative, seed-to-sew supply chain in rural India on the Conscious Style Podcast

Companies are developing 'carbon-negative fabrics'. But can they verify these bold claims? via Vogue Business

Carbon offsetting is out. Insetting is the future. via Vogue Business [Paywall]


Want a briefer on carbon insetting? I wrote an article on what carbon insets are and how they differ from offsets.

Zara, Nike, and Abercrombie's factories weren't fully paying workers via Vice

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5 People Challenging Gender Binaries in Fashion and Reminding Us That Clothing is for Everyone
Stella Hertantyo on Conscious Fashion Collective
 

"While virtually every aspect in the fashion system is beholden to the segregated categories of "menswear" and "womenswear", clothing has no inherent gender.

Clothing is only gendered insofar as we've assigned our own binary gender perceptions to specific styles of clothing. And, it's the movement to degender fashion that aims to undo this arbitrary binary in the fashion industry."

To unpack this topic, contributing writer Stella Hertantyo interviewed five changemakers who are challenging the gender binary: Alyssa, Emilia, George, Githan, and MI.

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Why We Should Be Focusing on LABOR, Not MATERIALS in the Quest to Reduce Fashion's Environmental Impact

In this episode, host Kestrel talks with Roland Geyer, author of "The Business of Less: The Role of Companies and Households On a Planet in Peril".

Geyer shares why the mainstream sustainability narrative — and the corporate sustainability conversation — has failed us and what approaches would actually help us get back on track.
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Comfy & Consciously Made Bralettes You'll Never Want to Take Off  - Alicia Briggs for Conscious Life & Style

This round-up features consciously minded brands with cute and comfy bralettes made from a variety of organic and eco materials and available in a range of sizes, price points, and styles.  

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