Here’s why this helps:
Productive downtime: As a purely selfish reason, adding a little learning into the cozy colder months is a great way to pass indoor time and still feel productive. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, pop a conscious podcast on while you lounge on the beach (you lucky duck!) or grab a sustainable fashion book to read while you take in those late sunsets.
Learn to Shop With Your Values: On a more holistic level, learning more about the provenance of clothing and the world of conscious fashion can lead to a better understanding of how to shop with your values in mind. For example, I learned that while I really do care about the environment and the ethics behind fashion, my priority is consuming less and purchasing garments that prioritize longevity (in aesthetics and construction).
Avoid Greenwashing and Put Your $$ Behind Brands You Believe In: By opting out of phony sustainability promises, you’re able to support brands that really are making a difference in how they do business. Of course, no brand is perfect - everything is a trade-off - but being aware of what is important to you will ensure you’re making the right purchases for you in the long run, leading to a closet you’ll value and cherish more.
Not sure where to start? Here are some suggestions:
For the Readers
Wardrobe Crisis by Clare Press
Overdressed by Elizabeth Cline
Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics by Safia Minney
Greendreamer Weekly Digest (every week 3 articles about positive change in the sustainability space are featured)
For the Listeners
Conscious Chatter Podcast
Wardrobe Crisis Podcast
For the Watchers
The True Cost