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

Seedy Valentine

How pleasantly surprised I was this morning while browsing my favorite sustainable news source, Feelgood Style.  If you’re a sucker for wildflowers and sustainability – you’ll love this DIY Valentine.  If you aren’t familiar with seed paper, allow me to getcha up to date.

Seed Paper is a plantable, biodegradable paper product that can be used just like paper.

Seed Paper is a plantable, biodegradable paper product that can be used just like paper.

Seed paper is a special paper is handmade by using post-consumer materials.  The paper is embedded with wildflower, herb or vegetable seeds.  When you plant the paper in a pot of soil or outside in a garden, the seeds in the paper germinate and grow into plants.  I’m challenging myself to have a sustainable Valentine’s day this year with the help of seed paper.  I am refusing to participate with the 145 million others in our annual Valentine’s glossy card sending.  This doesn’t mean I’m giving up Valentine’s Day – it just means we need to think about Valentine ideas that are more about the love and less about the stuff.  I think these seed paper hearts are the perfect alternative to conventional Valentine’s Day cards.  And your sassy Valentine can plant and enjoy the flowers they produce for much longer than they’d probably display a paper card.

Seed Paper Valentine by Scott Meeks, Crafting a Green World

Valentine-Idea-Seed-Paper-Hearts-300x300What You Need

  • 1 cup of ripped-up newspaper or junk mail
  • 2 cups of water
  • Wildflower seeds
  • 3 heart-shaped mini aluminum pie tins or silicone molds
  • 2 large bowls
  • Blender

Prep Your Paper

  1. Tear the newspaper or junk mail into small pieces. This is the perfect task for tiny hands that need something to do! Be sure to throw in a few small pieces of red or pink paper.
  2. In a blender, blend the water and paper until it’s a chunky. It should look like oatmeal.
  3. Dump the mixture into a bowl.
  4. Take handfuls of the pulp and squeeze out most of the water. The pulp should now be moist, but not sopping wet.
  5. Put your squeezed-out pulp into a clean bowl.

Make Your Seed Paper

  1. Sprinkle your pulp with wildflower seeds and gently mix with your fingers.
  2. Divide your pulp into three equal parts.
  3. Mash each part into the mini pie tins or silicone molds.
  4. You can pat the tops dry with a cloth to get rid of excess moisture.
  5. After 24 hours, pop the paper hearts out of the tins and place them on a cookie rack for another 24 hours to finish drying.
  6. Attach these hearts to homemade cards or simply wrap them in wax paper and give away as Valentines.

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Lure Of Luxe

What with all the buzz around fast fashion and the evils of consumerism, becoming sustainable-chic seems to be, according to numerous recent eco-friendly fashion guides, on the top of shoppers’ New Year’s resolutions list.

Skeins dyed naturally with madder root, hanging to dry, at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Recycled skeins dyed naturally with madder root, hanging to dry, at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Aiming to raise consumer awareness about environmental concerns linked to the fashion and textile industries, various publications promote the use of healthier natural products like eco-friendly dyed fabrics, while addressing issues such as recycling, fair trade, water wastage resulting from cotton cultivation and deforestation due to excessive cattle ranching and leather production.

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In her book, Sustainable Luxe: A Guide to Feel Good Fashion, Jordan Phillips, rebels against ‘McFashion’, or “…a mass delusion that is a democratic right for everyone to purchase cheap clothing that looks luxe”, while recommending women to buy less but of higher quality and use their spending power to support labels or retailers engaged in protecting workers in developing countries and preserving traditional crafts, thus encouraging creativity.

Phillips also makes an interesting analogy between food and fashion consumption. If consumers now increasingly avoid processed foods and scrutinize labels to ensure that the contents are free of additives, choose quality over quantity when buying meat, and willingly go to several markets or specialised stores for vegetables and bio products, for instance, they should soon enough become just as conscious for their clothes and check tags for ‘hand-made’, ‘fair trade’ and ‘eco-friendly’, while accepting to pay a reasonable price.
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Furthermore, as Elizabeth L. Cline writes in Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion: “Clothes could have more meaning and longevity if we think less about owning the latest or cheapest thing and develop more of a relationship with the things we wear. Building a wardrobe over time, saving up and investing in well-made pieces, obsessing over the perfect hem, luxuriating in fabrics, and patching and altering our clothes are old-fashioned habits. But they’re also deeply satisfying antidotes to the empty uniformity of cheapness.”

However, regular fast fashion shoppers would argue that ‘need’ was hardly part of the equation in the first place and that young consumers can’t afford to spend more on clothes anyway. Actually, budget fashion probably owes its success to the fact that for a long time mid-range, affordable clothes weren’t even close to being trendy enough and there seemed to be a gap in the market for teen fashion.
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Moreover, global brands have taken an eco-friendly stance since Greenpeace’s Fashion Detox campaign, launched in 2011, which resulted in investigations in manufacturing countries and the testing of garments by known brands to find traces of hazardous chemicals. Numerous famous labels including PUMA, H&M, Zara, M&S, Benetton, Valentino, Uniqlo, Mango and Levi’s, among many others, have committed to eliminating the use of chemicals released during their manufacturing process, while informing consumers and improving their business practices by 2020.

All in all, like many modern, recession-stricken fashion consumers, we are most likely to mix and match well-made items with more affordable ones, and reasonably invest in good wardrobe basics, vintage fashion and costume jewellery, which can be worn with more than one outfit, in an attempt to become wiser, more responsible shoppers.

Source: New Europe

Fashion Industry Exposed

For the past 3 years we have done our best to help educate on the unethical practices of the fashion industry so that you have the ability to become more conscious consumers.  fashion-slaves

In a recent article on the Hufffington PostShannon Whitehead exposes 5 truths that the fashion industry would rather you not know. We thought that it was definitely worth sharing!  Check out the article here.  For additional information on how to be a more conscious consumer, check out our A+ articles under “Why Vintage Clothing.”