Conscious Chatter

Call us a teensy bit biased, but “Conscious Chatter” is one of the best podcasts ever to grace the virtual airwaves. The brainchild of former Ecouterre writer Kestrel Jenkins, who now challenges people to consider the ethics of their clothing at Awear World, “Conscious Chatter” offers an insider’s look at the global garment supply chain through interviews with some of the industry’s canniest minds.

postcast filthy rebenaSure, the idea of sustainable fashion is ridiculously idealistic, but that’s just who us Filthy gals are. If you’re in the market for a fresh podcast we recommend ‘Conscious Chatter’ 100%. Happy listening!  Source: Ecouterre

Spilling Over

A larger-than-life “clothing spill” at Seattle’s Alki Beach today presents a striking reminder that landfills shouldn’t be laundry piles. Staged by Savers, an international chain of for-profit thrift stores, the installation is a poignant illustration of the prodigious amount of textiles Americans throw away every year.

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Eighty-five percent of clothing waste ends up in landfills, with only 15 percent being reused or recycled.  Today we are applauding Savers for calling attention to the issue of clothing waste.
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Still, the world can – and should – do better.  We hope consumers will rethink reuse.  Start shopping thrift, donating unwanted goods and consuming in a more responsible way. Recycle Clothing Filthy Rebena Oil Spill Vintage

Your $8 Shirt

We know you don’t want to talk about your impulse shopping habit but we kind of have to. As hard as all those peplum tops and baseball tees are on your wallet (and your closet feng shui), they’re even harder on the planet — but wait! We promise we’re not trying to sell you an all-hemp wardrobe.

Instead, we’re offering you the easiest option imaginable to cut down on your carbon footprint. Watch this awesome video above to learn more.

Sustainable Reads

10984161_10152850381664667_930857103815020878_n1. Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-hand Clothes
Paperback – Mar 15 2015
by Andrew Brooks 

Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a global journey to expose the inequalities and injustices that exist within the second-hand clothing trade and the manufacturing of garments destined for Western markets. Thought-provoking and insightful, Brooks highlights a long overdue need for ‘radical advocacy’ to improve social justice within the supply chain, and between producers and consumers. A fascinating, must-read text for those interested in the ethics surrounding sustainability in fashion and design.”


2. ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials
Hardcover – Oct 29 2013
by Sass Brown

ReFashioned features 46 international designers who work with recycled materials and discarded garments, reinvigorating them with new life and value. The result is beautiful and desirable clothing and accessories that also make an important statement to the fashion world about its wasteful and exploitative practices.  Bonus: this book is made from recycled materials!”

3. Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion
Paperback – Apr 1 2014
by Tansy E. Hoskins 

Stitched Up delves into the exclusive and alluring world of fashion to expose class division, gender stereotyping and wasteful consumption. Tansy E. Hoskins illuminates the political and sociological dimensions of an industry that promotes and supports the dominant values of our age: image, glamour, money and sex. Hoskins also provides a fascinating historical narrative, showing that in today’s world, the clothes we wear are as indicative of who we are as they were during the reign of Louis XIV. Hoskins tackles key contemporary issues, such as the controversy over “size zero” and the impact of fashion in depleting the world’s natural resources. In a provocative move, Hoskins argues that fashion controls our aspirations and self-worth through a set of impossible beauty standards. At a time when high spending on clothes persists despite the economic recession, Stitched Up provides a unique critical examination of fashion in relation to contemporary culture and the distorting priorities of capitalism.

deluxe_how_luxury_lost_its_luster_by_dana_thomas_110121807X4. Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster
Paperback – Jul 29 2008
by Dana Thomas (Author)

Once luxury was available only to the rarefied and aristocratic world of old money and royalty. It offered a history of tradition, superior quality, and a pampered buying experience. Today, however, luxury is simply a product packaged and sold by multibillion-dollar global corporations focused on growth, visibility, brand awareness, advertising, and, above all, profits. Award-winning journalist Dana Thomas digs deep into the dark side of the luxury industry to uncover all the secrets that Prada, Gucci, and Burberry don?t want us to know. Deluxe is an uncompromising look behind the glossy façade that will enthrall anyone interested in fashion, finance, or culture.


5. Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
Paperback – Aug 27 2013
by Elizabeth L. Cline

“How did Americans end up with closets crammed with flimsy, ridiculously cheap garments? Elizabeth Cline travels the world to trace the rise of fast fashion and its cost in human misery, environmental damage, and common sense.”