10 Books For a Crash Course in Eco Fashion

I don't know about you but 2018 has been non-stop! There's so many exciting things in the works and, even though there's PLENTY to be enraged about, I like to think a bit of hope is in the air. My excitement might have a lot to do with the fact that I recently bought myself some new year's gifts: an assortment of used eco fashion books! There are so many great texts detailing issues, stories, and possible solutions to the dirty fashion industry. Navigating all this information can be overwhelming, so this week I've rounded up a list of greats reads to help you become an eco fashion expert. Take a look at how to make the most of your individual impact, get industry insights, and read analysis from outside observers.


Individual Impact


How to Shop for Shi(f)t

by Taryn Hipwell, Karen Housel, and Nicholas Brown of Beyond the Label


Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-Toxic Beauty

by Kate Black of Magnifeco


Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe

by Greta Eagen of Fashion Me Green


Loved Clothes Last

by Fashion Revolution activists around the world


Slave to Fashion

by Safia Minney of People Tree


Industry Insights


The Sustainable Fashion Handbook

Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox

by Sandy Black of Centre for Sustainable Fashion at the London College of Fashion


Eco Fashion

Refashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing From Upcycled Materials

by sustainable fashion guru Sass Brown


Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys

by ecological design consultant Kate Fletcher


Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics

by Safia Minney


Outsider Analysis


To Die for: is Fashion Wearing Out the World?

by journalist Lucy Siegle


Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion

by journalist Tansy E. Hoskins


Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

by journalist Elizabeth L. Cline


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Why We Swap

This week, along with my school's "Commission for Sustainability", I am holding a clothing swap! I thought I'd take this opportunity to get back to basics and remind myself, and others, why it's great to do so.

Fashion Revolution is an organization that I have discussed on the blog before. It's a nonprofit which aims to inform the the public, and spur grassroots activism, in regards to the fashion industry. They have loads of information on their website which outlines alternatives to fast fashion, how to speak up and hold brands accountable. Fashion Revolution has an entire Pinterest board devoted to facts, figures, and quotes about the huge industry of fashion. Here are some to paint a picture:

  • The fashion industry is the second largest industry polluting our earth aside from the oil industry
  • More than 70% of the clothes donated globally end up in Africa, which has destroyed the local economy for tailors
  • 60% of garment workers in India and Bangladesh have experienced harassment in the workplace in the forms of verbal or physical abuse

I love the fact that clothing swaps can bring friends- old and new- together, but they are much more than simply a social event. We swap so we can send less clothing to landfills, keep our dollars from supporting sweatshops, and to bring life to old items!

If you found any of this content new and interesting then I highly recommend watching The True Cost, a documentary which reveals the inner-workings of the fashion industry and all its consequences.

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