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December 03, 2016

Top 5 Books On Sustainable Fashion

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The average U.S. citizen buys 65 new pieces of clothing each year. Most of these items will be thrown away rather than repaired or altered, because fixing old clothing is more expensive than buying new. You probably have a recycling bin in your kitchen, but how about your closet?

 Whether you're an eco-fashion expert or just beginning to adopt more conscious consumption habits, these reads will teach, surprise, and entertain you.

The Responsible Company (2012, Patagonia Books)

By Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley

This book explores how the current fashion industry model is unsustainable. In order to combat this, according to the book, industry leaders must work to create shared value, be accountable, and focus on what the authors call the triple bottom line -- social health, the planet, and profit. Co-written by the founder of Patagonia, this book doesn’t claim that businesses or people can make zero impact, but that much can be done to minimize our footprint. A fast and inspiring read. 

Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution (2012, New Internationalist)

By Safia Minney

Minney, who’s the Founder and CEO of Fair Trade fashion label People Tree, has essentially written an overview of the most pressing challenges facing the fashion industry and shares a positive look at alternative business models with a list of eco-friendly fashion brands. Among the contributions from designers, photographers, models, actors and journalists on their efforts to create sustainable change within the fashion and media industry are actress Emma Watson, Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, and model Summer Rayne Oakes.

Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change (2012, Laurence King)

By Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose

This book explores sustainable fashion from a designer's perspective, presenting the ways that designers can speed up sustainable change in the industry, both with their output, the communications, and their businesses. This book shows how sustainability has the potential to transform both the entire fashion ecosystem. The authors, both design professors, challenge designers to consider how their design can create within the framework of reduce, re-use and recycle.

ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials (2013, Laurence King Publishing)

By Sass Brown

In a fast-fashion world of throwaway clothing, there exists a slow-fashion movement, also known as upcycling. Upcycled goods are made from items that are recycled, and/or discarded, which means that each piece is individually conceived and crafted from scratch, using different materials each time. This highly visual book showcases the work of 46 emerging designers who work with upcycled materials. From the weird to the wonderful, it’s all here. Whether it’s Kerry Howley's Attraction/Aversion necklace collection made from discarded human hair, or the MAYER. Peace Collection made from linen sheets, flour bags and military tents.

The Sustainable Fashion Handbook (2013, Thames and Hudson)

By Sandy Black

A comprehensive sourcebook on all aspects of sustainable fashion, Black’s work covers not only the environmental issues created by fast fashion, but also the social impact of an industry that employs up to forty million people worldwide in manufacturing and agriculture. Articles, essays, and images have been contributed from designers and technicians, academics and journalists, environmental and social action campaigners, craft specialists and artists, eco-entrepreneurs and representatives of global corporations. The book also features statements from the likes of Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, and includes case studies on sustainability initiatives like textile recycling and fair trade schemes.

Bonus track, for research:

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (2013, Portfolio)

By Elizabeth L. Cline

Less about the solution than the problem, this book is nonetheless worth reading if you have any doubt that there fast fashion is a serious issue. The author shows how so-called cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. In an era where discount stores offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices, there is little incentive to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own. The book explores how the fashion industry impacts society, the environment, and the economy.

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