💌 Welcome to Issue #61 of The Conscious Edit!

🌏 As we near the end of Fashion Revolution Week and Earth Week, it's an important time to remember that these issues matter all year round — and so do the solutions!

👚 We've talked extensively about the individual actions we can take (from wearing what we have to prioritizing pre-loved to buying fewer better things) and we've also covered the various
types of sustainable fashion legislation to clean up the industry.

🧵 Another key element of building a better, slower fashion system, is looking to alternative sustainable fashion business models — ones that are not reliant on never-ending overproduction or that prioritize profits at absolutely all ecological and humanitarian costs. 


💬 But how can slow fashion businesses stand out in an increasingly crowded (and greenwashed!) market?

💬 How can small brands navigate sustainability with limited resources?

💬 And how can existing fashion brands start to become more sustainable?

🎙 This week on the podcast, Selina Ho (founder of the sustainable fashion consultancy Recloseted) addressed all of these questions and much much more.

🎧 Tune in to Selina's insights for conscious fashion brands + individuals trying to buy better.

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

💕   Elizabeth
Conscious Life & Style

P.S. Don't forget to grab your Sustainable Fashion Resources List


Alternative Sustainable Fashion Business Models Changing The Status Quo by Stella Hertantyo on Conscious Life & Style

"At the core of our current fast fashion system is a business model set on never-ending growth, which drives both overproduction and overconsumption.

The rise of slow fashion narratives have allowed us to stop and ask if another fashion system is possible.

There are alternative fashion business models that are contributing to system change in the industry and offering new blueprints for sustainability, sufficiency, and prosperity."

Learn more about these alternative models.


Shopping secondhand is now a badge of honor, not a dirty secret — and brands want in via Glamour

Related: Big retailers are getting into the secondhand market. Will that change how we shop? via Grist

Earth Day "corporate hijacking" under the spotlight via Vogue Business

When you say, 'this is a sustainable dress because it's made with a certain material' but it was made by someone who was not paid a living wage... that is not actually sustainable. It's completely misleading." via

68% of US executives admit their companies are greenwashing via Fast Company

A deep dive into the (often complicated) biomaterial revolution set to replace fur and skins via Mongabay

Ebay launches "Imperfects" initiative to give unsellable fashion from over 100 brands a new life via Vogue Business

As one of the first furniture retailers to get into the secondhand market, Ikea makes buy back and resale program permanent in 37 US stores via Sourcing Journal  (Find the list of participating stores here.)


Imagining Alternative Futures: Can commoning help fashion? from Fashion Act Now

Next Tuesday, Fashion Act Now (from Extinction Rebellion) is hosting a panel moderated by Bel Jacobs with author and activist David Bollier, Ecuadorian architect and researcher Ana María Durán Calisto, and the founder of One Army (the community behind Fixing Fashion), Dave.

The event will be next Tuesday, April 26th at 6PM BST / 1PM EST.



The Conscious Fashion Jobs Board 

If you're looking to start or continue a career in sustainable fashion, this one is for you! 

Over on our sister platform, Conscious Fashion Collective, we just launched a job board dedicated to sharing opportunities in the slow fashion space. It's brand new, but definitely be sure to bookmark this resource and check back often because we'll be adding to it every week.

If you want to post a job opportunity (freelance, internship, part-time, or full-time position), please fill out this form and we'll get it added!

What is Deadstock Fabric? Plus 15 Brands Making Clothing Out of Deadstock by Jharna Pariani on CL&S

What are the different types of deadstock fabric? And is it sustainable?

Jharna is exploring the nuances of this somewhat controversial fabric and shares 15 brands that are doing deadstock clothing right.

Learn more about deadstock fabric and check out the brands.

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