Yet another write up on easy things we all can do

https://collectively.org/en/article/lucy-siegle-how-to-dress/

#sustainability

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Simple tips that we all can do

http://blogs.zappos.com/blogs/sustainability by Brad Tomm and my thoughts on each

  1. Repair old clothing (LEARN TO REPAIR, IT IS ALSO A STRESS RELIEVER:-) )
  2. Purchase clothing, bags, and shoes made of recycled material (WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO USE RECYCLED MATERIAL, YOU ARE SAVING RESOURCES)
  3. Purchase clothing made out of organic cotton instead of traditionally grown cotton (WHEN YOU ARE CHOOSING ORGANIC COTTON, YOU ARE NOT ONLY PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM HARMFUL CHEMICALS THAT ARE SPRAYED ON COTTON FIELD BUT ALSO SAVES THE FARMERS AND THE COMMUNITIES. THEY HAVE MORE EXPOSURE THROUGH AIR AND CONTAMINATED WATER)
  4. Wear your garment more than one day before you decide to wash it (DECIDE IF THE CLOTHES ARE DIRTY BY LOOKING AT AND SMELLING THEM. THE NEED TO WASH VARIES FROM REGION TO REGION BASED ON THE CLIMATE, YOUR WORK AND ACTIVITY. MUST CHANGE UNDERGARMENT DAILY AND WASH AFTER A MAX OF 24 HOURS WEAR.)
  5. Purchase second-hand clothing  (WE HAVE SEVERAL SECOND HAND CLOTHING STORES AROUND -IN U.S. IT IS NOT JUST GOODWILL, SEARCH IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND YOU WILL BE SURPRISED. WHEN YOU DO NOT HAVE SUCH STORES, CONSIDER SWAPPING WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY OR ENJOY HANDS ME DOWN). IN THE U.S. MANY CITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS HAVE STARTED SWAPPING EVENTS: Conscious Clothing Swap @ http://www.socialjusticeartsfestival.com/
  6. Don’t wash your blue jeans, put them in the freezer! (INTERESTING CONCEPT BUT I WOULD REVERT BACK TO MY COMMENT ON WASHING. IF YOU HAVE STAINS-YOU GOT TO WASH. JEANS CAN BE WORN SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE WASHING OR FREEZING )
  7. Wash in cold water and line-dry when possible (SAVE ENERGY AND YOUR BILL)
  8. Avoid buying clothing you have to iron (I HAVE OBSERVED THAT IF YOU WASH AND THEN HAND DRY YOUR CLOTHES, YOU MAY NEED MINIMAL IRON EVEN ON COTTONS)
  9. Avoid buying clothing you have to dry clean (IT IS HARD TO FIND FORMAL CLOTHING THAT FEELS AND LOOKS GOOD AND CAN BE WASHED. FIRST THING, TAKE CARE DON’T GET THEM SOILED, NEXT TRY TO SPOT CLEAR AND AIR-FRESH THEM, WOOL CLOTHING CAN BE EASILY DEW-CLEANED/FRESHENED. AS A LAST RESORT, THERE ARE SOME GREEN DRY-CLEANERS WHEN YOU NEED DRY-CLEANING. CHECK YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES)
  10. Buy local when possible. Support local clothing, shoe and bag designers that do not outsource their factories to other countries (ASK QUESTIONS WHEN YOU ARE BUYING FROM LOCAL BOUTIQUES AND SMALL BUSINESS. YOU CAN ALSO ASK QUESTIONS FROM BIG RETAILERS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA. MAKE THEM THINK).
  11. IF YOU INVEST IN GOOD QUALITY CLOTHING SO THAT THE MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS ARE MAKING MONEY TO SUSTAIN THEMSELVES. $5×5=25 OR $12.50×2=$25. YOU HAVE 5 THROWAWAY CHEAP QUALITY T-SHIRTS OR 2 DECENT QUALITY T-SHIRTS THAT LOOK GOOD, OR $25X1=$25 A SHIRT THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL, ETHICAL AND WELL MADE. YOUR CHOICE. THE BUSINESS IS STILL MAKING $25. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THINGS BY CHANGING YOUR CHOICES.
  12. IF YOU NEED MORE TIPS AND RESOURCES, PLEASE VISIT http://www.sol-inspirations.org/ OR RESPOND TO THIS BLOG. I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.
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Screening of the movie The True Cost

Monday September 14: Please join us for MN Premiere of “The True Cost” film | Presented by KOKOON https://lnkd.in/ePMkJhX

https://www.facebook.com/events/810078589108445/

This movie is well made!

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Deep down

I have been working on exploring strategies for #sustainable fashion and apparel industry for past 8 years. My two cents are that WE as #consumers have the most power. We need a cultural shift of consuming less and using more, looking for quality products that have longevity, giving businesses decent price (profit) and not ask for cheap products as they are not good for (people and planet), fast fashion, and so forth. Everything we try to recycle, purpose, donate takes resources and energy, at the end of the day, it may reduce some footprint but we as clever human minds can do better. As a collective action human brain can come up with amazing solutions. REDUCE!!!!

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NOIR-Katwalk 2015

St. Catherine University’s commitment to sustainable fashion #ecofashion will again come alive tonight as model don in Global #Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) collection, #Terracycle tent collection, and over 20 pieces made with the purpose of extending the life of fabrics. These will be shown in addition to other collections.  Tickets available from  http://oshag.stkate.edu/event/katwalk-noir

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7. What entry level positions will enable you to impact a company’s level of sustainability? How?

Please share your thoughts and links to more information.

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6. How much more is a consumer willing to pay for a more sustainable garment? What percent of consumers will pay for this premium?

Please share your thoughts and links to more information.

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