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Weekend Reading: This Is How You Should Eat to Save the Planet

A Kilomet 109 outfit, naturally dyed in Vietnam. This was my last eco-fashion stop before heading back to the U.S.! 

Hi readers,

I want to highlight a story I did for Vox on why you seem to get even eco-friendly clothing and food in plastic bags. After that, I have to apologize. I was so busy I had to skip last weeks list of good reads. So this one is extra full of interesting stuff! Grab a mug of cocoa and settle in for a long, cozy time.


Bangladesh garment workers have been striking for higher wages, and police have responded violently. They definitely deserve a higher wage and should be supported.  | Elle

Why are fashion outlets ignoring these protests? (I would posit because of advertisers, but also because the narrative and solutions are untidy and confusing. Even this author doesn’t know the answer. | The Nation

Speaking of, charitable t-shirts promoted by The Spice Girls were made in a low-wage Bangladesh factory. What is interesting about this story, though, is that the author doesn’t point out that the workers do make minimum wage, if not a living wage. This is a lost opportunity to talk about the difficulties of bringing minimum wage up to a living wage, especially when as a brand you don’t trust that paying more will make it to the garment workers, and not disappear into the pockets of factory owners or managers or corrupt officials. | The Guardian 
You don’t have to be a minimalist to have a sustainable wardrobe and home. | World Threads Traveler

Also, Cait has an amazing walk-in closet… in her attic! | World Threads Traveler

I found out this week at the Sustainable Summit by Waste Management (WM sponsored my trip), that tires are actually the biggest source of ocean microplastics. But clothing is also up there, especially polyester clothing, which is essentially plastic. | Vox

Leah is an ethical fashion blogger and a thrift shop employee. She broke the world of secondhand fashion down, explaining how to donate responsibly.Style Wise

Americans trash 600 pieces of clothing over their lifetime because they don’t know how to take care of it. | Sourcing Journal

Could Marie Kondo slow down fast fashion? | Fortune

Tommy Hilfiger debuted luxury recycled jeans. | Edie

Ethical startups are rejecting venture capital. | The New York Times

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This is exactly how you should eat to save the planet: one serving of meat a week. | The Cut 

This is such a genius system!Slate 

And another take of the diet to save the planet.BBC

How to invest in fighting climate change. | Mindful Mermaid

Americans are finally waking up to the fact that climate change is real, and it’s here. | The New York Times
The fight to save the planet is (should be) a fight for racial justice.Black Youth Project

A nuanced review of the zero waste movement.Vox

The plastic straw enforcer.Washington Post

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