💌 Welcome to Issue #53 of The Conscious Edit

One of the MOST common questions I get is: what can I do with my unwanted or old clothes, sustainably? 

And it's not surprising this is such a common question.

Clothing production and consumption rates have increased rapidly, while many studies over the years have revealed that we wear just a fraction of what's in our closets.

On one hand, we know textile waste is a major problem. So we vow to not throw our clothing in the trash bin. 

But then we learn that
clothing donations are often not as altruistic — nor as sustainable — as they first appear. 

So what do we do with all of these clothes?

🎙️ For this week's Conscious Style Podcast episode, I addressed this very question with tips and resources for decluttering more sustainably. 

There is no quick fix, but my hope is that as we become more mindful of rehoming our clothes intentionally, we also:

A) Slow our consumption down after we recognize that there is no true 'away' for our clothes to go.

B) Start recognizing how inadequate the end-of-life infrastructure is for clothing and start demanding more from brands and our governments (repair programs, extended producer responsibility, recycling infrastructure, higher quality standards, and so on).

 Listen in, get the transcript, and find resource links in the show notes of this week's Q&A episode.

Related to point B: Contributing Writer Stella Hertantyo has rounded up 14 textile recycling companies that are making progress towards textile-to-textile circularity.

While there's no doubt we need a systems shift and cultural shift to achieve real circularity, these textile recycling companies are contributing to the change by keeping garments out of landfills, retaining the value of garments, and decreasing the demand for virgin fibers. ♻️

Now onto the rest of this week's recommendations...

💕 Elizabeth | Founder, Conscious Life & Style

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New garment hub will bring 460 sustainable fashion jobs to Brooklyn. Slow Factory will be the first anchor tenant at the building. via BK Reader

Thousands of Haitian garment workers protested to demand higher minimum wages last week and on Monday, Haiti's government hiked up the minimum wage via Reuters

The plant-based craze is coming for fashion via Vogue Business

Will fashion brands sacrifice "gigantic profits" to pay workers living wages? via Sourcing Journal [limited free articles]

The hidden chemicals in our clothing via Remake

How concerned should we be about Buy Now, Pay Later payment schemes? via Refinery29

Fashion For Good launches project to transform agricultural waste into fibers 

Changing Markets Foundation launched to expose the fashion industry's greenwashing schemes

Are NFTs sustainable?
 via Vogue Business 

For more, check out Xingyun Shen's guest article: What is digital fashion? And can it help clean up the industry?


14 Textile Recycling Organizations (and the limitations of recycling in circular fashion)
Stella Hertantyo on Conscious Fashion Collective

Textile-to-textile recycling is just one piece of the circular fashion puzzle, but it is a crucial piece nonetheless. 

Currently, textile-to-textile recycling capacity is insufficient in addressing fashion's waste crisis, but these initiatives and businesses are making strides in filling the gaps through a variety of different approaches.


The Black Fashion History Podcast

Hosted by Taniqua Russ, this podcast explores the contributions of Black photographers, designers, curators, costumers, educators, stylists, and more changemakers in the luxury fashion industry.

There is so much essential history to learn in these episodes and Black History Month is the perfect time to start diving in (but certainly not the end).


Luxury Fashion in Early African Civilizations

Wax Print/Ankara in Luxury Fashion

The History of Black Women in Luxury Fashion

Non-Toxic Furniture Brands for a Healthy Home

I was pretty surprised when I first found out what sorts of toxic chemicals are lurking in conventional furniture. So, in this post, I'm breaking down common furniture materials, finishes, and chemicals to watch out for, and explaining what 'non-toxic furniture' is.

I also did a TON of research to curate 12 non-toxic furniture brands that are committed to protecting the safety of their workers, customers, and the environment.

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