When I was 25 years old, after a bad night out, I made it my New Years resolution to never take shots again. Unlike many others, I’ve actually kept that one, and I’m proud of it. Now, my new mid-year resolution is to never order a frozen drink again. Because, friends, they are just as dangerous.
Let me set the scene: It’s a sunny Brooklyn weekday, and I meet up with my best friend for one last lunch before she leaves to travel for a year with her husband. (I know, she’s always copying me. What can I do?) I order a fun frozen drink. We have lunch and when we’re not done talking 45 minutes later, I order one more drink. I wanted to savor the moment with her. Don’t judge me.
Now, I can have two normal drinks easily and still be 90% sober. Hell, I had two drinks last night and was just fine. But, I forgot the power of frozen syrup combined with warm sunshine to somehow crank the drunk level up to 15. When I got to my coworking space 40 minutes later, I practically had to hold myself up in the elevator. Whoa, I’m drunk. It’s only 3 pm. I have work to do. No big deal. I’ll just clean out my newsletter list while I wait for it to dissipate.
What could possibly go wrong?
And that is how I permanently deleted my entire EcoCult newsletter list, all 5,000-something of you. It was not my finest moment.
No, there is no way to recover it. I worked my contacts and got that definitive answer from a friend of a friend who is an software engineer at Mailchimp.
No, even if I had backed it up, because of privacy laws, Mailchimp won’t let me re-upload any deleted emails. I tried a few that I did have and they were rejected.
The only way for me to get you back on my list is for you to sign back up in the form below.
So, I’m going to humbly get down on my digital knees and make my plea to you: if you were previously signed up for my newsletter, please sign up again. If you weren’t previously on my newsletter, now would be the time. If you have friends and colleagues who you think would like it, send them my way, too.
I send out newsletter every couple of weeks with EcoCult’s latest posts, my latest freelance writing, and also the weekend reads I put up here. Sometimes I send out sponsored newsletters from sustainable brands who are doing product drops and want to give you a discount. That’s about it.
Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something. If I listen closely, I can hear it whispering, “Fuck your blog.” Or maybe the universe is chaos and entropy and this is how things go sometimes. That newsletter email list was more precious to me than my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter following put together. It was mine, ungoverned by an algorithm. It was full of people who honest to god just like to read EcoCult’s blog posts, which is such a compliment. And I deleted it! The whole damn thing!
Maybe this is a good thing? Maybe I’ll now have a newsletter email list with only super enthusiastic fresh faces? I don’t know.
In the meantime, I have some good things that happened this past couple of weeks. I wrote an article for New York Magazine with precise instructions on how to donate your clothing responsibly. I wrote an article for Vogue Business, the new trade journal from Conde Nast International about luxury fashion, on the hunt for vegan leather. And I wrote a long-form piece for Craftsmanship Quarterly about the guanaco in Argentina, and one woman’s quest to bring its fiber and Andean artisan work to the world.
Sustainable Fashion Stuff
The next big thing in fashion is not washing your clothes. | Fast Company
Delta flight attendants are suing Lands’ End, saying their uniforms are toxic. | USA Today
A nerdy look into the sustainability of leather made in Germany, and why you won’t find vegetable-tanned leather in shoes. | ISPO
And just like that, the UK parliament smashed our dreams of doing something — anything — about our fashion environmental crisis. | The Guardian
But France! France is leading the way with a ban on burning or landfilling unsold clothes. | NY Times
Buy. Less. Stuff. Kering’s growth has offset any environmental gains it’s made. | Business of Fashion
A comprehensive list of all the organizations to know working in the sustainable fashion space. | Nataliya Makulova
What she learned six months into her no-new-clothes challenge. | The Standard
Hate the title. Love the message. | Vice
Greenpeace is declaring victory and winding down its detox campaign two years early. Which is… weird. | Sourcing Journal
Sustainable Beauty Stuff
Let’s talk about the toxic environmental impact of beauty products. | Refinery29
“Our individual shopping decisions are not going to solve these big problems, he says. But political decisions, like better environmental regulations, really could. That’s what people really ought to focus on, he says.” | NPR