Tips to Be Stylish and Shop Sustainably

One of the biggest consumer industries in the world, there is no denying the fashion industry is negatively impacting our planet.

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Getting Dressed in the Dark: Understanding the True Cost

Ten years ago, I had a breakdown in a dressing room at the mall. I needed to buy my first suit for a new job with a leading anti-slavery organization. Oh, the irony. Bangladesh, India, Guatemala, Vietnam. I knew the likelihood of forced labor, low-wages, and zero possibility for something besides garment factory work for the people who made the clothing I was trying on. But what choice did I have? Spend hours sorting through racks at Goodwill? Spend my entire budget on one fair trade piece? Like most middle class Americans, I had neither time nor money.

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Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

What Price Fashion--Rainforest Wreckage for Style

Chimps in the Wild

Fashion Week just started in New York--the Mercedes Benz-sponsored high holy days for many, when it is impossible to get a cab or a table at hip eateries (ironic since so many at the forefront of fashion are known for eating so little). In addition to the swirling, whirling, paparazzi flashing chaos of couture celebrations, there is, as with most industries, an underbelly that is less appealing.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

Sustainable Fashion - Coffee Couture

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Sustainable Fashion: Today's technical clothing is getting a dose of the natural, with fibers and particles from coffee waste.

By Nathan Hurst/The Intelligent Optimist

Jason Chen, founder of Taiwanese textile manufacturer Singtex, made what may be the company’s most important decision because his wife told him he smelled bad. They were getting coffee at a Starbucks, and he had just been to the gym.

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Close up on clothing store hangers on rack.
05/02/2019
Anonymous (not verified)
One of the biggest consumer industries in the world, there is no denying the fashion industry is negatively impacting our planet. Experts estimate that the fashion industry is to blame for about... read more
fashion model in industrial yard
01/14/2016
Ten years ago, I had a breakdown in a dressing room at the mall. I needed to buy my first suit for a new job with a leading anti-slavery organization. Oh, the irony. Bangladesh, India, Guatemala,... read more
Chimps in the Wild
09/04/2014
Fashion Week just started in New York--the Mercedes Benz-sponsored high holy days for many, when it is impossible to get a cab or a table at hip eateries (ironic since so many at the... read more
1379644_38255647
06/18/2014
Sustainable Fashion: Today's technical clothing is getting a dose of the natural, with fibers and particles from coffee waste. By Nathan Hurst/The Intelligent Optimist Jason Chen, founder... read more
Close up on clothing store hangers on rack.
05/02/2019
Anonymous (not verified)
One of the biggest consumer industries in the world, there is no denying the fashion industry is negatively impacting our planet. Experts estimate that the fashion industry is to blame for about... read more
fashion model in industrial yard
01/14/2016
Ten years ago, I had a breakdown in a dressing room at the mall. I needed to buy my first suit for a new job with a leading anti-slavery organization. Oh, the irony. Bangladesh, India, Guatemala,... read more
Chimps in the Wild
09/04/2014
Fashion Week just started in New York--the Mercedes Benz-sponsored high holy days for many, when it is impossible to get a cab or a table at hip eateries (ironic since so many at the... read more
1379644_38255647
06/18/2014
Sustainable Fashion: Today's technical clothing is getting a dose of the natural, with fibers and particles from coffee waste. By Nathan Hurst/The Intelligent Optimist Jason Chen, founder... read more