Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fashion Conscious

Fashion matters to me, that's not going to change--especially with 3 daughters.  But sustainability and ethics matters to me, too. These things don't always go together, especially in light of a culture that emphasizes cheap, disposable goods. When I read this article and this one, I was surprised that cast-off clothing donations I thought were so helpful in the developing world were in fact harming textile entrepreneurs in places like sub-Saharan Africa.  

So what's a fashionista to do?

No consumer is perfect, but being educated helps us make more informed choices. I've been following the Common Threads blog, which has alerted me to some new ethical companies that weren't yet on my radar. 

I've also been shopping second-hand. If you've seen me wearing something new lately, chances are it's from Twice or ThredUp. Both are like online thrift stores where you can buy or sell designer clothes, shoes, and accessories good condition for women, children, and men.  

Because I love you, dear readers, and I want you to look good, I'm linking to my referral codes for Twice and ThredUp.  If you use these codes to order something, I get a little something, too.

Thred up


If you still need to get rid of used textiles, check out SMART (Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles) for a drop off location near you:

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