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Clean Up Your Act with These 8 Sustainability Resources
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by Jana Shakhashir 4-minute read September 26, 2021

Navigating the complexities of climate change can be daunting, especially when systemic issues seem insurmountable. However, individual actions do count. Arm yourself with essential insights from these select sustainability resources to not just adapt, but to also challenge the corporate-driven status quo. 

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The climate crisis is the greatest challenge facing our world today and is intensifying more quickly than we could have ever imagined. We as consumers feel a responsibility to change our purchasing habits, diets, and lifestyles in order to slow global warming and give ourselves a chance of survival on a dying planet. However, this isn’t our fault. Corporations have played the biggest role in driving climate change and are to blame for how we got here. In fact, only 100 companies are responsible for 71% of all industrial emissions since human-driven climate change was officially recognized. 


So what can we do? We need to start by believing that we are not powerless in this battle. We can be confident in our ability to fight climate change if we educate ourselves. To help you empower yourself with knowledge on different challenges facing our planet, here are our favorite resources on sustainability that will equip you for creating change.

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THE TRUE COST

The True Cost documentary tells us the story of clothing. Unveiling the exploitative labor practices and environmental degradation often hidden behind the gloss of fast fashion, it serves as an eye-opener for consumers. The groundbreaking documentary was produced by Livia Firth, the Creative Director of Eco-Age and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge.  After watching, you might find yourself hesitating before mindlessly clicking 'Add to Cart.'

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GOOD ON YOU

The Good On You app is a world-leading source of trusted brand ratings, articles, and expertise on ethical and sustainable fashion. It allows you to easily check the impact of your favorite fashion brands based on three factors: people, planet, and animals. Using Good On You is the easiest way to determine whether a brand is ethical, and it even recommends substitutes for brands that do not measure up. 

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FASHION REVOLUTION

Fashion Revolution was founded in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 and has since become the world’s largest fashion activism movement, mobilizing citizens, industry, and policymakers through research, education, and advocacy work. When you enter the website, you can click on citizen, brand, retailer, producer, union, educator, or journalist, depending on how you identify yourself, and you will find free downloads of reading materials and posters, as well as links to concrete actions you can take according to your position.

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THE WARDROBE CRISIS

The Wardrobe Crisis launched a chart-topping podcast in July 2017 that is now available on both Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Each week, host Clare Press interviews designers, change-makers, academics, creatives, and fashion insiders about fashion, ethics, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Fashion Revolution recommends these five episodes to make you reconsider your fashion consumption.

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WEAR NO EVIL: HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH YOUR WARDROBE

Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe by Greta Eagan is a handbook for navigating fashion and ethics, without sacrificing your style. Consider it a Shopping Consciously For Dummies. Eagan created an Integrity Index, which is a simplified way of identifying the ethics behind any piece of fashion along with an easy-to-use rating system, which will teach you to shop anywhere while building your personal style and supporting your values.

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NET-A-PORTER'S NET SUSTAIN

NET SUSTAIN is Net-a-Porter’s selection of conscious fashion and beauty. Every product in the NET SUSTAIN edit is selected to ensure that it meets at least one of Net-a-Porter’s eight key attributes. These attributes take into account human, animal, and environmental welfare and align with the fashion and beauty industries’ internationally recognized best practices. It has never been easier to shop from sustainable brands with the NET SUSTAIN edit.

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THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION FORUM

The Sustainable Fashion Forum is a platform exploring the multifaceted layers of sustainability. The Instagram page features highlights of published articles in the sustainability sphere, and posts its own topics with a brief analysis in the caption. It is a space for exploring important topics in sustainability that might inspire you to dig deeper, and for memes poking fun at fast-fashion brands for their questionable practices.

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SUSTAINABILITY DEFINED

Sustainability Defined is the podcast that seeks to define sustainability. Because really, what does it actually mean? Each episode, the hosts bring in a guest with expertise and professional experience in a certain field, and discuss a topic that will help listeners understand what sustainability is, one episode at a time. This could be a discussion on reversing climate change with Paul Hawken, author of Drawdown, or talking about eco-anxiety with Dr. Lise Van Susteren, licensed psychiatrist and expert on the physical and mental health effects of climate change. 

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