Day 1: Rate yourself on how much you know about sustainable fashion on a scale from 1-5.
I rated myself a 3. I'm no rockstar in this area, despite having a blog that should actually make me a rockstar in this area if I put more work into it.
^ horrifying mannequins in the Garment District, NYC ^
I know to watch out for:
- buying less
- buying used
- buying either recycled materials or materials that can be recycled
- favoring materials that take less energy or pollution
- ...that includes NO resource-intensive animals or animal by-products that help subsidize the meat industry and carry a big ticket in terms of agricultural waste - not to mention the heinous and pretty much omnipresent cruelty
- buy quality vegan items that last, not Payless
- waste materials for garment production
- envionrmental waste from source materials
- how far the source materials travel to the manufacturer
- "eco"/reduced-impact for dyes, screenprinting, etc
- labor standards
However, I know there is a lot more that goes into it. There's a lot I don't know about cradle-to-grave use, source material growth/recycling/production, how to weigh out different factors -- and many other issues I am sure I don't even know about. (Cue Op Ivy's "all I know is that I don't know nothing...")
This link was included as "top tips" for sustainable fashion and it doesn't include anything I hadn't already thought about but includes some interesting details and a reading list (I've read none of them). Not included was anything relevant to animal-sourced items.