By Jennifer Dobrowolski
From Sustainable Wardrobe Clear-out Tips to Sea Kelp Fashion
Each week, Re-news brings you fresh information about the latest trends and breakthroughs in sustainable fashion.Find new content every week on our Read page. Share this post and spread the word (we need more sustainable fashion in this world). 6 Ways to Clear Out Your Wardrobe with a Clean Conscience Elizabeth L. Cline, author of the new book […]
Each week, Re-news brings you fresh information about the latest trends and breakthroughs in sustainable fashion.Find new content every week on our Read page. Share this post and spread the word (we need more sustainable fashion in this world).
6 Ways to Clear Out Your Wardrobe with a Clean Conscience
Elizabeth L. Cline, author of the new book The Conscious Closet, points out that Marie Kondo’s ‘spark joy’ method can lead to unnecessary waste.
“The ‘spark joy’ method to me is a fast-fashion approach to cleaning out a closet,” Cline tells Vogue. “It’s really impulsive and creates a lot of garbage.” Instead, clearing out your wardrobe requires considered thought. “Consumers have a lot of power over whether or not the items they’re getting rid of are going to have a second life or if they’re going to landfill,” Cline continues.
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Fashion Needs to Fix its Data to Tackle Sustainability
Technology professionals will have a growing role in the fashion sector’s bid to being more sustainable, according to an upcycling expert.
Nicole Bassett, co-founder of upcycling company The Renewal Workshop, says a big reason as to why there has been such widespread misinformation in the fashion industry is that, historically, companies have collected data that is too vague, rather than tracking and collecting “impact data”. For example, when tracking supply chain data, companies often do not have data collection processes in place to track how much water is being used, how energy is used, or how much carbon is emitted. “What unfortunately I think has happened is that because there isn’t a central place to go to gather every single impact metric related to every single brand, the way that we’ve been extrapolating data has probably been too vague, and I think that’s why there’s been a lot of concern that the data isn’t good,” Bassett told TechRepublic.
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Sea kelp and Wildflowers: The Future of Sustainable Fashion
Pangaia, a materials science company is selling T-shirts made of a blend of sea kelp that are heavier than typical cotton tees and cool to the touch.
The material also absorbs moisture faster than cotton, says the company. Its hoodies and tracksuits, meanwhile, are coloured using non-toxic dyes made from food waste, plants, fruits and vegetables. But its other product, a down jacket filled with wildflowers, has the biggest potential to be a disruptor. The goose and duck feather down jacket industry is worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year and is forecast to grow as much as 20 percent each year until 2024, according to 360 Research. But it is facing a public relations struggle as consumers become educated on its sometimes inhumane and environmentally damaging processes. Shop Pangaia on Renoon.
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Cover image: Images courtesy of Pangaia and Algiknit