Sustainably Attired

In this series published with the support of Levi Strauss & Co and a number of other leaders in sustainable fashion, we’ll explore the environmental impact of apparel.

We’ll take you through the lifecycle of fashion: from the design phase, through materials procurement, and product construction in a factory setting. We’ll also take a peek inside the consumer’s closet and look at how consumer demand influences the industry. Finally, we explore the leading second uses for worn-out garments and the future of the sustainable fashion movement as a whole.

There is no denying that sustainability in fashion is a meaty, complicated topic and a challenge for brands who wish to produce sustainable fashion that consumers will want to wear. Through the course of the series, we’ll seek to unravel how brands decide where to focus and how they prioritize competing issues. We’ll examine the impact of their efforts people and the planet, and we’ll take a look at the future of the industry. Check back here to follow along with this weekly series!

Dhana Ecokids

Wear What You Stand For: Uniting Humanity Through Fashion

If we are what we eat, then we wear what we stand for, says Shamini Dhana, founder and CEO of sustainable fashion label…
green shopper

Clothes Shopping: Deciphering Useful Info From Care Tags

If you don't want to conduct a major research project before making purchases, care tags can provide some useful information for healthy and…

TriplePundit’s Guide to Buying Used Clothing

Buying used clothing is a great way to opt out of the not-so-green fashion industry – and it’s often more affordable than purchasing…

Putting the Brakes on Fast Fashion

Over the past decade, rapidly made garments – sold at low prices and manufactured at even lower price points – have proliferated shopping…
backyard hoodie

The North Face Introduces Locally Grown Hoodie

When you hear the words “locally grown,” images of leafy-green-lined farmer’s markets, multi-colored CSA boxes, and interestingly odd-shaped heirloom tomatoes may come to…
Black Friday, sustainable fashion 2014, Osmium, fair trade, Walmart, Amazon, Etsy, Fair Tuesday, Mata Traders, Leon Kaye

A Black Friday 2014 Call to Action: Durability Over Discounts?

Black Friday 2014 does not have to be about buying cheap stuff at big box stores. Consider focusing on durability over discounts instead.

Why Taking Care of Your Apparel Workers is Good for Business

Notwithstanding the progress that Western companies, labor unions and the local government continue to make to secure safe working conditions for garment workers,…

Slow Fashion Startup Zady to Launch American-Made Private Label

While only 2 percent of our clothes are made domestically, Zady's knit wool sweater was entirely designed and manufactured in the United States.…
PrAna has increased its use of organic cotton from 27 to 63 percent in the past two years. Photo courtesy of prAna.

Balancing Commerce, Idealism and Yoga Pants: Q&A with prAna CEO

prAna was recently acquired by outdoor retailer Columbia. CEO Scott Kerslake how the company will and won't change from its core mission.
Goodwill Store

After the Thrift Store: What Happens to Your Donated Clothes?

You've just sold your unwanted clothes to a thrift store or donated them to a nonprofit charity with the hope that they will…

Series RE-Launch: Sustainable Apparel Part II Debuts Tomorrow!

We're thrilled to announce that Levi Strauss & Co., a longtime proponent of sustainability in the supply chain, has returned to support Part…

4 Lessons the Apparel Industry Can Learn from Carpet-Makers

Believe it or not, there's actually a great deal the apparel industry can learn from carpet-makers about closed loop recycling, as Paul Murray,…

Interview: Margaret Morey-Reuner, Timberland

Nick Aster talks to Timberland's Margaret Morey-Reuner about sustainability at TImberland. In particular we talk about the Higg Index and the sustainable apparel…
fashion futures

Fashion Futures: Resource Constraints and Sustainable Design

How will peering into the future drive the industry to adapt to growing resource constraints, and how will this impact the design process…

Interview: Patagonia’s Rick Ridgeway on Sustainable Apparel

Rick shares thoughts on the status of the apparel industry in terms of sustainability.