💌 Welcome to Issue #65 of The Conscious Edit!

As I was reflecting on the news articles I've shared this month, I felt a familiar dichotomy: we are making exciting progress in sustainable fashion. But we are also seeing so many forces pulling the industry in the exact opposite direction.

It's challenging to say if we are moving forward or backwards — it depends on the metrics we're measuring, really. But I think there's an important lesson to take away from the progress we have seen.

📣 Which is: if we want to create a better fashion future, we have to advocate for it.

Now, to be clear: this won't be easy (hardly anything worth it ever is, right?) and I am not saying that the burden should fall squarely on the shoulders of everyday people.

What I am trying to say is that when we come together as citizens (and not just consumers) who care about creating a better fashion future, we can help drive truly transformative change.

The recent introduction of The FABRIC Act — the United States' first national-level fashion bill — is a glimpse into what is possible. 

📃 What is The FABRIC Act?

This bill aims to eliminate piece-rate pay in the US garment industry, hold brands and retailers accountable for wage theft and workplace violations, and revitalize local manufacturing.

To learn more about this bill and get involved check out my Instagram post here. And for additional resources, visit

More updates and action items are to come! But for now, let's get on to the rest of this week's Conscious Edit...

💕   Elizabeth
Conscious Life & Style


What defines cultural appropriation? And why does concern about it matter? Bel Jacobs for BBC

Today is World Day for Cultural Diversity, an international UN-sanctioned holiday to highlight the richness of the world's cultures. And as with any art form, cultural diversity is a key topic in fashion.

This article covers what cultural appropriation is, why it's a critical issue to address, and what genuine cultural collaboration in fashion might look like.

These are nuanced issues that involve deep understanding, but I think Bel Jacobs did a beautiful job with getting at communicating the issues, incorporating several angles, and providing real pathways forward.


The importance of the US FABRIC Act cannot be overstated | via Vogue Business

Is it time to redefine "sustainable fashion"? (I always have mixed feelings about these conversations on terminology) | via The New York Times - gift link

Despite half of respondents saying they believe fast fashion is harmful to the environment, just 17% have plans to reduce fast fashion spending. One key reason? 42% say fast fashion is a "hard habit to break" | via Fast Company

Help! I have a shopping problem | via The Cut

This is the kind of cultural shift we need: Reality show Love Island drops fast fashion sponsors in favor of Ebay | via Vogue Business

New report outlines what a Global Severance Pay Program for garment workers could look like | via Cornell

Fast fashion's business model of never-ending growth and disposability relies on turning communities in the Global South into dumpsites |
via Sourcing Journal (log-in required)

How debt cancellation could help the Global South prepare for climate change | via Grist

🌸 The movement of 'romanticizing' your life 🌸 "may also lead to a larger question: What truly brings us happiness? Is it that expensive vacation or that new piece of clothing? Or should we stop waiting for that picture-perfect moment and start enjoying the present?" | via The New York Times - gift link


A #SecondhandFirst Way of Life featuring Lilian of Retro Colorado Goods on the Clotheshorse podcast

As a reseller, Lilian joins Clotheshorse host Amanda to talk about the lessons she's learned as a reseller, her advice for new resellers, and the misconceptions around both secondhand shopping and selling.

I loved this insider's look into the life of a reseller and I always appreciate a bit of secondhand fashion mythbusting!



16 Slow Fashion Brands From South Africa by Stella Hertantyo on CFC

South Africa is a country with rich textile heritages. Before the rise of fast fashion and expansive global production, South Africa used to have a thriving local textile economy and was known as a garment production hub.

Now, as there is a growing realization of the importance of embracing local production and celebrating local makers, South African sustainable fashion brands are reclaiming the local production space and encouraging us to cultivate local fashion role models, are on the rise."


12 Eco-Friendly Dry Shampoos to Keep Your Hair Fresh Between Washes by Jharna Pariani

"Dry shampoos have gained a reputation for being one of those holy-grail, time-saving, multipurpose products that not only help you revive your hair on the go.

However, conventional dry shampoos are typically packaged in aerosol spray cans, which have been found to often contain liquefied petroleum gas. These volatile organic compounds are notorious for emitting ground-level ozone that can induce asthma and negatively affect sensitive vegetation and ecosystems, including forests, parks and wildlife."

Thankfully, there are some great
low-waste and earth friendly dry shampoos offering healthier alternatives.

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