For the first part of this post, please see my previous entry, "The Wanting Enigma: Part I."
The apparel industry is making some changes for clothing to be more ethical and sustainable--fashion is trying to have its influence too (Parsons is doing its part to pave the way for the next generation of designers). However, this needs to be widespread. Consumer behavior needs to change too. Going to Forever21 and buying a cheap garment you're going to wear once isn't part of this plan. Buying something just because it's a good deal is not part of the equation, nor is buying something just because you like it if you haven't thought about if you're going to use it. I'm not campaigning against fashion. Au contraire, I'm campaigning against senseless or wreckless indulgence for little purpose at the expense of its global impact. Fashion is fabulous. Spending money on items you lust for, will use several times or regularly, and will last a while is very smart. You'll have nicer items you'll get to enjoy and it will be more environmentally friendly. Finding retailers that promote and engage in ethical operations and goods is another way to make a positive change.
American Apparel utilizes a special production process to reduce its environmental footprint, and H&M is doing its part as well. Fashion Me Green is a site for eco-luxe living that focuses on fashion, and it's a great source for discovering more brands that are eco-conscious. Positive Luxury is another one of my favorite stops for the eco and ethically conscious consumer.
|tutarra cut out dress by Skunkfunk, $128|
at Fashion Conscious
|crochet village tank swing dress by ASOS, $64.49|
at Asos's Green Room
|luxury tank by Indigenous, $52|
Waste Couture provides a comprehensive look at the environmental and social impact of shopping behaviors and the apparel indsutry. For a briefer synopsis, NPR covers a 4 minute story on The Global Afterlife of Your Donated Clothes. Lastly, the Huffington Post offers a different take on Memorial Day with the article Biocide: A Memorial Day for Planet Earth, which recognizes the limits of our resources, the impact of our habits, and the need to adjust to those limits. As for me, I'm adusting to my new perspective, and trying to be constantly mindful of adjusting my behaviors to align with my new identity as a very smart shopper--indulging within limits.