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💌 Welcome to Issue #69 of The Conscious Edit!

It's a slow fashion summer here at Conscious Life & Style and this week, we're going back to the basics:

🤨 Why exactly is fast fashion so bad again?

If we're advocating for a slower fashion future, then it's worth stopping to question just what's so wrong about the current dominant system.

👗 Of course the ENTIRE fashion industry has a massive footprint and more expensive clothing doesn't equal ethically made (designer fashion can and does get made in sweatshops too). 

But fast fashion has driven a race to the bottom of the entire industry. And they are particularly exploitative to the environment and to people due to their inhumane speed, wasteful production volumes, and relentless price pressure — which always ends up hurting workers most.

🎙 In the season premiere episode of the Conscious Style Podcast, I'm breaking down just what makes fast fashion so harmful: to the planet, to the people working in the supply chain, AND maybe even to fast fashion shoppers.


(As always, the goal is to educate and empower people to be part of the change — EVEN those who still rely on fast fashion due to sizing, access, etc. The goal is not to shame and point fingers at everyday people, but to raise awareness and encourage the broader slow fashion movement.)

🎧 You can find this episode on your favorite podcast app here.

Alright, now to the rest of this week's Conscious Edit!



💕   Elizabeth
Founder, 
Conscious Life & Style

📚 READING...

How Taking a No New Clothes Challenge Could Help Heal Our Relationships With Fashion | Stella Hertantyo for Conscious Life & Style
 

Could pressing the pause button on our shopping habits help heal our relationship with fashion and our closets? 

This is the question Stella set out to get answers to in her latest piece on Conscious Life & Style. Read about what a "no new clothes challenge" is, get accounts from people who've tried their own no buy periods, and learn how you can join in on Remake's #NoNewClothes pledge if you'd like to give something like this a try!


Read the article.



MORE READS:

🧐 How fashion giants recast plastic as good for the planet | via The New York Times (gift link)

🛍 Are online returns contributing to fashion's waste problem? | via British Vogue 

♻️ The complicated reality of recycled synthetics | via Vogue Business 

👠 The world is on fire. So why are we still buying still buying new shoes? via Dazed

🌿 Lessons for the fashion industry here: climate solutions will fail without the help of social scientists | via Vox


🌐 The case for a global minimum wage | via The Guardian

🧵 What's the role of mills in the fashion supply chain? | via Fibershed

👚 Inside this independent zero waste slow fashion label | via Atmos

🧥 Understanding the PFAS problem in the textile industry via Fibershed

🚨 Companies clean electricity claims are a mirage: H&M reported that their electricity got 66% cleaner from 2015 to 2019. But those gains came almost entirely from renewable energy certificates — its actual electricity-related emissions increased 30%. | via Grist

👖 BROWSING...

LGBTQIA+ Owned Conscious Fashion Brands Jharna Pariani on Conscious Fashion Collective

In honor of Pride Month, contributing writer Jharna is putting the spotlight on 10 LGBTQ+ owned brands that are leading on sustainability, style, and inclusivity in the conscious fashion space.

Check out the roundup here.

🎧  LISTENING...

Urgency for Sustainable Fashion - Takeaways from The Global Fashion Summit on Recloseted Radio

The Global Fashion Summit in Copenhagen is the most-talked about sustainable fashion event in the space. But it can be prohibitive to attend.

So Selina Ho of the sustainable fashion consultancy Recloseted is sharing her biggest takeaways from the summit for those of us who didn't attend.

More takeaways from Vogue Business here.

🏕 TRAVELING...

A Glamping Weekend With Getaway: A Complete Review of These Tiny Cabins!  *Conscious Life & Style Partner

Do you remember the last time you fully unplugged and had unstructured free time in nature? If you were like me and drew a blank at that question — you could probably use a getaway. (And not one of those "I need a vacation after that vacation" kind of trips!)

That's exactly the mission of Getaway House: they offer modern tiny cabins about 2 hours away from 20+ different major U.S. cities. The cabins have everything you need — and nothing you don't (like wifi).

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I ventured to a tiny cabin at Getaway House's Chicago Outpost in Michigan. So I'm sharing a complete review of our stay there, PLENTY of tips, and a pretty great packing list if I do say so myself. 🎒

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