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Looking to learn about Sustainability in Fashion? Our Top 10 books for the Fashion Conscious

Updated: Apr 14, 2022

1. Overdressed: Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Author Elizabeth L. Cline writes in this book about the dangers of fast fashion, discount stores. She hopes to explore with and enlighten the reader about how these stores are affecting our society, environment, and the fashion economy today.

2. Why French Women Wear Vintage

Alois Guinut is a Paris-based former fashion trend forecaster and present style coach who hopes to teach readers about the important of sustainable fashion and how they can combat fast fashion retailers without losing their sense of style.

3. Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion

This book, authored by Alison Gwilt, Evelise Ruthschilling, and Alice Payne, informs readers on how the global fashion industry is fixing the negative impacts of fashion production and consumption on the environment and economy. This book consists of eighteen essays about six different regions and studies the sustainable fashion movement started within them.

4. The Conscious Closet

Also authored by Elizabeth L. Cline, The Conscious Closet shows readers how to combat fast fashion retailers. This book is a style guide for the modern sustainable closet as well as a call to action for readers to help combat fashion negative impact upon the environment and the economy.

5. Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion

Alison Gwilt is an advisor for two non-profit organizations: Redress and the Ethical Fashion Forum. Gwilt lays out a guide on how to keep up with current trends emerging in fashion design and productions. She also explains how the reader can look at the design process to decide if their garment is truly sustainable and ecofriendly.

6. Sustainable Fashion and Textiles

Kate Fletcher is a fashion sustainability guru who has worked with everyone from fashion businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments. Currently she is the Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion at the University of the Arts in London. This second edition sustainability book lays out the field of design in fashion and textiles in our current society as well as, the sustainable, innovative ways companies are producing new designs and styles.

7. Sustainable Fashion What’s Next?

Professors and authors Janet Hethorn and Connie Ulasewicz updated this collection of essays from fashion industry professionals including professors and practitioners speaking on the exploration of sustainable opportunities and challenge of recyclable clothing.

8. Circular Fashion: A Supply Chain for Sustainability in the Textile and Apparel Industry

Creating sustainable fashion has never been more important. Circular Fashion provides an accessible, practical, and holistic approach to this key topic for anyone studying fashion or who just loves clothes and wants to make better choices.

This introductory text to sustainability in fashion includes best practice case studies and profiles of companies such as Patagonia, Veja, Christopher Raeburn, and Stella McCartney. It begins with an overview of the fashion business, tackling the issues of the linear production model of make, use, dispose, before exploring the idea of the circular supply chain across all areas of the industry.

9. Fashionopolis: Why What We Wear Matters

What should I wear? It’s one of the fundamental questions we ask ourselves every day. More than ever, we are told it should be something new. Today, the clothing industry churns out 80 billion garments a year and employs every sixth person on Earth. Historically, the apparel trade has exploited labor, the environment, and intellectual property—and in the last three decades, with the simultaneous unfurling of fast fashion, globalization, and the tech revolution, those abuses have multiplied exponentially, primarily out of view. We are in dire need of an entirely new human-scale model. Bestselling journalist Dana Thomas has traveled the globe to discover the visionary designers and companies who are propelling the industry toward that more positive future by reclaiming traditional craft and launching cutting-edge sustainable technologies to produce better fashion.

10. DIY Sustainable Home Projects

Author Sam Fury is a Australian native who found a passion for sustainable, eco-friendly living as he pursued careers in escape and military training, Survival fitness, nutrition, bouldering, and so much more. In this book, Fury gives us a guide to 80+ DIY projects to help the environment, you be healthier, save money, and even the possibility of you finding a passion to make an extra income. A fun option for other ways to help towards more sustainable living!

Happy Reading and may 2022 be filled with new earthy friendly, happy & healthy habits!

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Hey there, lovely fashion friends! My name is Britta Cabanos, and I'm thrilled to have you here! 


I'm a 25+ year fashion industry design professional, and I'm passionate about supporting conscious designers, ethical makers, and sustainability. I believe that fashion can be a powerful force for good, and I'm committed to helping aspiring fashion industry pros make their mark in this exciting and ever-changing field. 


If you share my passion for conscious fashion and sustainability,  then you're in the right place. I offer industry insights, mentorship, connections, and resources to help you achieve your goals and make a positive impact in the world. Let's connect and explore the possibilities together - are you ready to join me on this exciting journey?

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"Conscious design is a philosophy used at the Peterman Design Firm. We use it to create brands and products that restore and sustain our planet. The Peterman Method for conscious design is the culmination of Ian’s 15+ years working in product development and Jessica’s 20 years in working as a healer and studying regenerative technologies and tools for both people and our planet. Together, we’ve written this book to lay out a culmination of our combined experiences. Our goal is to help other people start looking at the world, and design, in a more conscious way."

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