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4 Must Read Books About Sustainable Fashion

Whether you are a long time believer of sustainable fashion, new to the scene or just a little curious, these four books will offer you insights into the fashion industry and will give you the keys to become a more conscious shopper.

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Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics by Safia Minney

Safia Minney is the founder and CEO of sustainable fashion label People Tree. She is widely regarded as a leader in the Fair Trade movement and has been awarded Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum. 

In Slow Fashion, she offers a glimpse into the innovative world of sustainable fashion and businesses that put people, livelihoods, and sustainability central to everything they do. She argues that the future of fashion is in Fair Trade, sustainability, and organic products, together with vintage and second hand goods. 

With full colour photography and illustration, Slow Fashion also presents pioneering people and projects that will inspire you to be part of the change. The book features renowned contributors such as Livia Firth, Zandra Rhodes, Lily Cole or Andrew Morgan (The True Cost).

 

Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan

Wear No Evil is a great introduction to sustainable fashion as it provides you with a practical and detailed roadmap to transform your wardrobe and make more conscious choices. In this book, Greta Eagan shows that style and sustainability are not mutually exclusive and give you the tools to reboot your shopping habits and assess your current wardrobe for eco-friendliness. She also shares an extensive directory of sustainable fashion and beauty brands.

We found the most interesting part of the book to be the Integrity Index: A simplified way of identifying the ethics behind any piece of fashion and a great tool to learn to shop anywhere while building your personal style and supporting your values. Wear No Evil is a great introduction to sustainable fashion and an easy guide to have on-hand.

 

To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? By Lucy Siegle

Lucy Siegle is an author, journalist and presenter based in London. She is also an Executive Producer of The True Cost.

As well as being and ethical living columnist, Siegle is a reformed fashionista. In To Die For, she examines the inhumane and environmentally devastating story behind the clothes we buy and wear. Based on the dense data she has collected, she gives a detailed exposé of the reality behind high street fashion and examines its environmental and social impacts.

The book also offers a very plausible vision of how green fashion could become the standard of fashion. It sets an agenda for the urgent changes that can and need to be made by both the industry and the consumers.

Siegle believes that it is indeed possible to be an 'ethical fashionista', simply by being aware of how and by whom clothing is manufactured. 

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline

In this book, journalist Elizabeth L. Cline documents her own transformation from fast-fashion addict to conscious shopper. She takes a long look at her overstuffed closet, resoles her cheap imported boots and investigates the true cost of cheap fashion, visiting factories in Bangladesh and China.

She also shows how customers can vote with their dollars to grow the sustainable clothing industry, and she explores the fate of castoffs given to the Salvation Army.

In Overdressed, Cline shows how we can break the buy-and-toss cycle by supporting innovative and sustainable designers and retailers, refash­ioning clothes throughout their lifetimes, and even making clothes ourselves.

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