💌 Welcome to Issue #64 of The Conscious Edit!

When it comes to building more ethical fashion supply chains, there is a missing link that is too often overlooked by the industry:

🧵 The power imbalance between big fashion brands and their suppliers that puts nearly all of the financial risk onto the manufacturers. 

And if we want to really address issues like exploitive labor conditions and unlivable wages, this is something that we NEED to talk about.

🎙 So in this week's podcast episode, I talked with Arjen Laan, the CEO of manufacturing company Pactics to get a glimpse into the world of a fashion supplier.

Arjen shared his perspectives from a supplier's point of view on audits, certifications, and compliance legislation, as well as:

➡️ The unequal distribution of risk between big brands and suppliers (and what that means for garment workers),

➡️  The differences between working with large fashion corporations vs. small mission-driven brands, and

➡️  What needs to change to create a more ethical fashion supply chain.

🎧  Listen to this episode on your fave app OR get the transcript here.

Now let's get to the rest of this issue!

💕   Elizabeth
Conscious Life & Style


Fashion brands are stalling on climate. Suppliers are trying to act. via Vogue Business

Most of fashion's environmental footprint is generated at the raw material sourcing and fabric production stages — parts of the supply chain that fashion brands largely outsource. And suppliers don't have the funds to invest in the necessary shift to renewable energy.

But this week, in a rare and exciting move, suppliers created and organized the Sustainable Apparel Forum in Dhaka, Bangladesh to bring brands and suppliers (along with other stakeholders) to discuss how they can work together on climate action and other issues in fashion.


How the ethical fashion movement changed policy via Atmos

Instead of blaming Gen Z for fast fashion, we need to investigate how these brands prey on young people and pay influencers to glamorize overconsumption via Inside Climate News and The Guardian

Inside the culture of thrifting apps and online resale marketplaces via Glamour

PFAS are showing up in children's stain-resistant and water-resistant clothing (even those labeled 'non-toxic') via The Conversation

This brand was founded with degrowth in mind from the very beginning via Vogue Business

How unsustainable (and unethical) is next-day delivery, exactly? via The Guardian

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will introduce the first US federal-level fashion bill via Vogue


12 Sustainable Fashion Documentaries and Short Films by Stella Hertantyo

"Sustainable fashion documentaries and films can inspire a cultural shift because they are powerful windows into different realities.

They share rich visual insights into lives and experiences that many of us are not exposed to day-to-day.

So, whether you are looking for an educational and immersive watch for a rainy day, or you are just curious to learn more about the workings of the fashion industry, we have compiled a list of 12 documentaries and short films to add to your watch list!"


15 Sustainable Fashion Brands Based in India by Jharna Pariani on CFC

"As one of the world’s largest garment manufacturers that employs over 45 million people, fashion businesses from across the globe have been no strangers to commissioning their work to Indian artisans. 

Unfortunately, cultural globalization has left traditional Indian artisanship vulnerable to appropriation, diluting intricate handicrafts to mere digital prints in mass-market iterations that are stealing directly from the pockets of artisans."

With this in mind, writer Jharna has curated a list of 15 artisan-made and slow fashion brands from India that are empowering artisans around the country and celebrating these time-honored crafts.


Chloe Asaam and Sammy Oteng of the OR Foundation on the Pre-Loved Podcast 

In this episode, Pre-Loved Podcast host Emily Stochl is joined by Chloe and Sammy to discuss Kantamanto Market, the impact of the secondhand clothing trade in Accra, Ghana and the programming they manage at the No More Fast Fashion Lab, a community center and circularity lab close to Kantamanto Market.

A super interesting (and important!) listen.

👚 Learn more about the No More Fast Fashion Lab and support the work of this lab here.
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