Whenever I’m in New York, something always inspires me. During my last trip, it was sustainable clothing that got my attention. I know what you’re thinking… Sustainable? Here we go again! I don’t want to preach, but we really do need to take care of our planet. I was told that the fashion industry is actually one of the worst industries in terms of pollution and that it is responsible for enormous water consumption – second only to the agricultural industry. Producing fabrics tends to involve a whole array of chemicals and most workers in clothing factories are paid next to nothing for their labor. I had no idea about any of this until I ended up in a fantastic store on the Lower East Side called Reformation during my search for an outfit for my book launch. The store is fully transparent about how and where the clothing they sell is produced. On the upside, it was a fantastic place to shop, but my wallet did take a hit. When it comes to food, I’ve always tried to do my part by using mostly local ingredients, keeping animal products to a minimum (I’m a flexitarian) and, of course, focusing on natural foods that are produced without pesticides (click here for a great vegan recipe!). But now that I’m aware of how our choice of clothing affects the planet, I wanted to share this with all of you too.
It’s tough to determine the exact origin of every piece of clothing that you own – especially when it comes to fast fashion, but to get you started, here are a few of my favorite (web)shops:
And another tip: have a look at Good Guide. We are usually aware of the brand we’re buying and the price, but so many of us have no idea what a label is not telling us in terms of what a product is doing to our bodies or the planet! This site provides research-based ratings for a variety of products on a scale of 0 to 10. It’s a useful resource, particularly if you live in the US, so go and check it out!