💌 Welcome to Issue #70 of The Conscious Edit!

As we embrace a slow fashion season here at Conscious Life & Style, I've been thinking a lot about how we can make slowing down a lasting change.

How do we make slow fashion practices personally sustainable for ourselves for the long haul?

I love doing a No New Clothes challenge, like the one advocacy organization Remake is currently running. Pressing pause helps me do a little reset and make sure I'm truly being thoughtful about my purchases.

👗 But I also like to consider: how can we sustain our best intentions?

Well in this week's Conscious Stye Podcast episode, I chatted with slow fashion content creator Jessica Harumi to talk about how we can cultivate a healthier relationship to shopping.

In this episode of the podcast, Jessica shared:

  👚 How we can identify an unhealthy relationship to shopping,

  👚 How we can start to develop a healthier relationship to our wardrobes,

  👚 The benefits of creating a capsule wardrobe, and so much more!

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

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

💕   Elizabeth
Conscious Life & Style


The Myth of Retail Therapy | Remake

If you weren't already skeptical of Big Fashion marketing schemes that convince us to buy more than we actually need, then this article will do it for you!

The piece breaks down a brief history of mass consumption, how the fast fashion hamster wheel rewires our brains, the dangers of promoting retail as "therapy", and how we can break free of the cycle of constant consumption.

"Fast fashion is a state of mind: our modern consumerist culture is constantly reinforcing the message that we need more stuff, that we should buy cheap things and that we should not expect them to last. We are constantly being trained—our brains rewired—to accept this message unthinkingly."


🔍 Inside the Global Fashion Summit: takeaways on the progress and shortfalls of the industry's sustainability commitments | via Dazed

🛍 What if we treated shopping like dating? | via Refinery29

📈 A rule to make corporate climate action more transparent is one step closer to reality | via The Guardian

👏 The US ban on cotton from forced Uyghur labor is coming into force via The Guardian

📣 Workers in one of Pakistan's largest garment-producing regions achieve historic victory of 40% increase to minimum wage | via Clean Clothes Campaign

*Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly) fashion brands sourcing from the area have made no public assurance they will increase what they pay to suppliers.

💪 Artist sues Shein for $100 million for stolen design | via SmartCompany (found through Aja Barber)

🧵 DIY is more than a trend — it's a necessity | via Atmos

♻️ Even as brands embrace recycled clothing, recycling them further proves to be a challenge | via The Conversation

🔥 Climate justice cannot be separated from garment worker justice. Just one month after India's deadly heatwaves (made 30x more likely by climate change), Bangladesh faces worst flooding in 100 years via The Guardian and Independent

🌏 Accurate climate science reporting should be repeated more often to influence public, study finds | via The Guardian

🧐 What happened to those calls for a post-pandemic fashion industry "reset"? | via British Vogue


Fashion Social Enterprises Centering Artisans & Driving Impact  Stella Hertantyo on Conscious Fashion Collective

"A social enterprise is a cause-driven business that has a core focus on creating positive social impact. Positive social impact is a broad ambition and there are many different social causes.

But in the fashion industry, fashion social enterprises often aim to center the experiences of their workers and advocate for ethical working conditions and sustainable livelihoods. They are also often artisan-led which allows for the preservation of traditional skills."

Check out the 8 social enterprises here.


Jessica Harumi's Slow Fashion YouTube Channel

If you loved learning from Jessica in this week's Conscious Style Podcast episode, then you will LOVE following her on YouTube too!

Jessica shares slow living vlogs, capsule wardrobe tips, outfit and styling ideas, wardrobe staple reviews, and minimalist lifestyle advice.


Your Ultimate Sustainable Travel Guide to The Catskills by Alicia Briggs

Travel & Lifestyle Writer Alicia recently took a trip to the Catskills in New York and is sharing her fave eco-minded spots from her stay!

Alicia's sharing where to stay, where to eat and drink plant-based, where to shop local, sustainable + vintage, where to hike, and even where to get your arts & culture fix.

Check out the guide here.

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