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5 Sustainable Fashion Reads That Will Inspire You to Live a More Conscious Life

A recent survey of US consumers found that more than half (55%) are interested in purchasing sustainable clothing. Still, a vast majority (42%) are confused about what sustainable clothing is. In a bid to tackle the curiosity at hand, here's a list of books that will inspire and inform you on all things sustainability. 

1. Unraveled: The Life and Death of a Garment by Maxine Bedat
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This groundbreaking book exposes the cracks in our global supply chains, our relationships to each other, ourselves, and the planet. In this title, entrepreneur, researcher, and advocate Maxine Bédat follows the life of a pair of jeans to reveal what happens behind the scenes before we find these jeans for sale on a rack. From cotton farms that pollute our soil to sweatshops in Bangladesh where women work for criminally low wages to produce garments as efficiently as machines.

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2. Loved Clothes Last: How the Joy of Rewearing and Repairing Your Clothes Can Be a Revolutionary Act by Orsola de Castro
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Written by the Founder of Fashion Revolution, Orsola de Castro, this book will change your perception of your existing wardrobe and how you approach shopping in the future. It will equip you with ways to mend, rewear, and breathe new life into your wardrobe to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. She achieves this by teaching you to scrutinise your shopping habits and make sustainable purchases and is poised to inspire you to buy better, care more, and reduce your carbon footprint by simply making your loved clothes last longer. 

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3. How To Break Up With Fast Fashion by Lauren Bravo
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If you are obsessed with high-street labels, getting in on the latest trend or simply an insatiable shopaholic, then this book is perfect for you. The very relatable journalist Lauren Bravo loves clothes more than anything, but she's called time on her affair with fast fashion in search of a slower, more balanced way of dressing. And through this book, she'll help you do the same. How To Break Up With Fast Fashion will help you to change your mindset, fall back in love with your closet and embrace more sustainable ways of shopping. Because fashion belongs to everyone, but no outfit should cost us the earth.

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4. The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves by J. B. MacKinnon
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Acclaimed journalist J. B. MacKinnon takes on a controversial issue without the fear of getting down to the dirty nitty-gritty of it all. Everyone knows that humans are polluting the planet, and consuming less is our best strategy for saving the world — but can we give up shopping once and for all? Along the way, he reveals just how much we stand to gain: an investment in our physical and emotional wellness, the pleasure of caring for our possessions—and building better relationships with nature and one another.

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5. The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good by Elizabeth L. Cline
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Consider this book a more fun yet less serious take on sustainable fashion. Not just a style guide, this book is a manifesto and call to action to transform one of the most polluting industries on earth into a force for good, on both a micro level—our own closets—and macro level, by learning where and how our clothes are made, and how to connect to a global and impassioned community of stylish fashion revolutionaries for more significant systematic change.

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Published by: Vibhuti Vazirani/ 2021-08-30

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