Sustainable fashion and travel for the conscious woman

Sustainable fashion and travel for the conscious woman


Weekend Reading: Zara Is Being Greedy Again

Hey Readers,

I wrote this post for Forbes wondering how long until fashion companies are setting up their own recycling centers in Asia? I mean, soon, right?

Fashion

Learn all about the circular economy and how it applies to fashion in this the podcast interview with allstar Annie Gullingsrud.

Big fashion companies are all about the amazing, new sustainable materials about to hit the market. | NY Times

Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, could be used to verify that our fashion was not made with child labor, pesticides, or toxins. | Techwire

What is systems dressing? | Craftsmanship Quarterly

Just 4% of what Australians spend on clothing goes to garment workers. | The Guardian 

H&M has been accused of burning wearable clothing. They say it’s because of mold and lead. | Fashion United

Come on, Zara. Stop being evil. | Fast Company

There’s gold in them thar landfills. | Sustainable Brands

The last vintage-style denim factory in the U.S. is closing, which the author of this longform article found out in the middle of reporting.  | Craftsmanship Quarterly

Food

Buy just the right amount of food for Thanksgiving without producing a whole lot of waste with this guestimator.

Yet another reason if society starts falling apart, I’m moving to the Netherlands. | National Geographic 

Travel

Don’t boycott travel to Myanmar. That does more harm than good. | Dominican Abroad

Ride hailing services are clogging the roads as they steal people from public transportation. | Quartz

The illicit global ape trade – this is the saddest story. | NY Times

Eye Roll

“These people want to believe so badly that they are the harbingers of something bright and new, when they’re really just inventing more efficient ways to do what big businesses have always done: make mountains of money by screwing people over.”

Big countries want to focus on climate mitigation. Fiji wants financial help dealing with what is happening NOW. | Pacific Standard

How to spot fake news. | NPR

We’ve been asking the wrong question about globalization. | NY Times

What is the Clean Power Plan, how can Trump Repeal it, and what will happen now? | NY Times

More ridiculous appointments by Trump to science-based positions. | NY Times

Take Action

I’m going to start putting petitions in here that I think are really helpful. Some of these are through an affiliate program, so I can paid a wee bit of money if you sign it. 

Tell the 194 countries committed to the Paris Agreement that you’re still in.

On June 1, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. But withdrawing from the Paris Agreement does not represent the will of the people of the United States. There is something you can do. Governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and universities across the country have started collaborating as never before to work toward the goals of the Paris Agreement. They’re still in, and we are, too. Add your name and tell the 194 counties committed to the Paris Agreement that you, too, are still in.

Ask Your House Member to Save Our Seas

Scientists estimate that more than 8 million metric tons of plastic is entering our ocean every year. If we don’t act now, there could be a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish in the ocean within the next decade. The Save Our Seas Act (HR2748) is an important piece of legislation that’s critical in the global fight to tackle the ocean trash crisis. Recently, the Senate passed the Save Our Seas Act in a heartwarming display of bipartisan unity. It’s time to encourage the House of Representatives to take action. Send an email today and ask your representatives to co-sponsor the Save Our Seas Act, HR2748.

Protect the Clean Power Plan from the Trump Administration

The Trump Administration is working to entirely eliminate the Clean Power Plan—America’s first-ever national limits on the carbon pollution spewing from our coal-fired power plants—in spite of the fact that large majorities of Americans in red and blue states alike support the Clean Power Plan and want swift action to implement and strengthen this vital safeguard, not tear it down. Tell Scott Pruitt: Revoking the Clean Power Plan is unacceptable.

Tell Your Governor: Fight the Extinction Crisis

America is facing an extinction crisis. Monarch butterflies alone have declined 95 percent in the last two decades, due to habitat loss and increased use of herbicides. To truly counter this loss, and to revitalize these magical creatures, we need to go to the source of the problem. Federal agencies are turning to states to lead conservation efforts and species management. We need our governors to make wildlife protection a priority. Tell your governor to support much-needed conservation efforts.

Tell Congress: Help Save Vanishing Species

The Multinational Species Conservation Funds, run by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, play an important role in helping to protect the planet’s remaining populations of elephants, rhinos, tigers, great apes and marine turtles. To help boost these funds, Congress created the Save Vanishing Species Semipostal Stamp — commonly referred to as the “Tiger Stamp” — which lets consumers support these wildlife conservation programs every time they send a letter. Since the Tiger Stamp went on sale in 2011, more than 35 million have been sold, raising over $3.7 million for international conservation at no cost to US taxpayers. This great program will expire later this year unless Congress acts to renew it. Ask your Members of Congress to cosponsor the Multinational Species Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act.

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