This month’s reading list is full of sustainable fashion books at a reasonable price.
1. A Life Less Throwaway
Now more than ever, we live in a society where we covet new and shiny things. Not only has consumption risen dramatically over the last 60 years, but we are damaging the environment at the same time. That is why buying quality and why Tara Button’s Buy Me Once brand has such popular appeal.
2. To Die for: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?
An expose on the fashion industry written by the Observer’s ‘Ethical Living’ columnist, examining the inhumane and environmentally devastating story behind the clothes we so casually buy and wear. Coming at a time when the global financial crisis and contracting of consumer spending is ushering in a new epoch for the fashion industry, To Die For offers a very plausible vision of how green could really be the new black.
3. Fixing Fashion: Rethinking the Way We Make, Market and Buy Our Clothes
Michael Lavergne is an ethical supply chain professional committed to the sustainable fashion industry and the protection of labor, environmental and human rights in the developing world.
Fixing Fashion argues that the true legacy of Rana Plaza is increased awareness of how cheap, disposable clothing has led time and time again to serious community, environmental, and labor rights abuses.
By taking a hard look at the very real impacts of our consumer culture’s addiction to disposable fashion, Fixing Fashion challenges each of us to take full responsibility for understanding the hidden cost of our clothes.
4. Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-Hand Clothes
Have you ever stopped and wondered where your jeans came from? Who made them and where? Ever wondered where they end up after you donate them for recycling?
5. Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion
Who makes your clothes? This used to be an easy question to answer it was the seamstress next door, or the tailor on the high street―or you made them yourself. Today, we rarely know the origins of the clothes hanging in our closets. The local shoemaker, dressmaker, and milliner are long gone, replaced a globalized fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion a year.