You're going to want to get in on this.
MINNEAPOLISShaping fashion: An exploration of sustainable and ethical fashion - A day long event with speakers, workshops, and an ethical marketplace experience. There will be a pop-up sewing lab too. The marketplace and demos are free and open to the public but the sessions are first come first serve - and with interesting topics like 'Fashion and Feminism' and 'Secrets of Secondhand Styling', you're going to want to get there first. | Sat. April 20th, 10am-3pm
SAN FRANCISCOLoved clothes mending bar - Bring 1-3 pieces of clothing with rips, tears, or split seams, or clothing you want to learn how to alter, or clothing with stains / discoloration you want to hide with embroidery and join one of the five mending stations available to keep your favorite clothes lasting even longer. | Tue. April 23rd, 6pm-9pm
HOUSTONClothing Repair Cafè - Learn how to repair your own clothes or practice on provided samples and repair at home. This workshop will help make your clothes loved and wearable again, keeping them in use for a lot longer. Kombucha and light snacks provided. | Thu. April 25th, 4pm-7pm
ONLINEWebinar: How to be a sustainable fashion consumer - Can't make it to an event in person? Attend this free webinar online with essential information for anyone trying to live more consciously and wanting to be a responsible fashion consumer. | Mon. April 22nd, 7pm-8pm
It's not that hard! Or so I keep telling myself. If you have a bunch of bags, from not bringing them with you like we do (guilty), stash a few in your car, maybe roll one up and store it in your work bag or desk drawer, and keep a couple at home. Next time you make your grocery list, write a reminder to yourself: “Bring reusable bags to store!”
(Even better? Bring your reusable bag with you to the Farmer’s Market - food less traveled is better for the environment and for the local economy because it supports family farmers.)
And lids actually, if that applies. The less plastic we consume the better and switching to paper or metal straws is an easy lifestyle change that we can all adopt. I know, I know - our problems are bigger than just straws, but it’s not like swearing off plastic straws is a bad thing, it can only help, so go ahead and say no to plastic straws! And if you’re worried your teeth will get cold (first world problems anyone?) just ask for no ice. Ordering in? Say 'no thanks' to restaurant plastic-wear and use your own metal cutlery instead.
Maybe Earth Month is the time to give them a try. I personally use period panties from Thinx and like them for my lighter days but have yet to give the menstrual cup or reusable tampon applicator a go. Perhaps I’ll try them out during my next period (don’t worry, I’ll update you on my experience - whether you want me to or not, right here on the blog).
Some brands to try:
If you're a tampon or pad gal through and through, try these organic and eco-friendly brands instead:
It's one of those things that you probably think you're doing right but is unfortunately more nuanced than it seems. Here are some things to remember so your recycling doesn't turn into trash.
A zero waste lifestyle is all about reducing the amount of waste you create, eliminating single use plastics, and reducing your footprint on the environment. And it's slowly making its way into the mainstream.
8 major brands from Greenpeace's list of biggest contributors to plastic waste (e.g., Haagen Daz, Milka, Crest, Axe, Pantene, Tide) are partnering with Loop, a zero waste platform, launching soon in NYC & Paris. Once you're done with your metal containers, you ship them back to Loop where they're sterilized / cleaned, and reused. Pretty cool, right?
There are other awesome stores leading the way too, like the Package Free Shop and Lush - needless to say this is the future and the way the world is changing. Hop on this train now before everyone else and you're guaranteed the title of 'trendsetter'.
Don't know where to begin? Try these 10 Easy Steps to Get Started from Going Zero Waste, a website and blog dedicated to breaking down zero waste living into a step-by-step process. The founder of the site also authored a book and has created a 31-day challenge. Start wherever is comfortable for you.
There are so many cool organizations you can get involved with - and in so many ways, like donating, fundraising, lending your voice by signing a petition or messaging an organization to advocate for change, volunteering, campaigning, and activism.
The fashion industry is one of the largest polluters in the world. It makes sense since human's have been making clothing and accessories for thousands of years - they don't just disappear when we're done with them, they're piling up somewhere: landfills. In fact, it's estimated that 85% of clothing ends up in landfills or is incinerated. On top of that, the majority of our clothing today is made from synthetic materials, which are comprised of plastics / microfibers and take a couple hundred years to decompose.
Fast fashion contributes greatly to our over-consumption as a society and to the fashion industry's waste problem. The United States used to ship clothes to other countries in order to get rid of them, but the demand for poor quality clothing is far less than the excessive amount being generated today.
Our choices leave a legacy, that's why The Lunary carries the best sustainable and ethical fashion from brands that are conscious about their impact on people, animals, and the planet. We want to make it easier for you to shop your style and your values too, because fashion without harm is the new cool. So shop ethically, thrifted, or used, invest in pieces that are meant to last, and mend the pieces you love to extend their use.
THE LUNARY does not own any of the images used in this article, please see the following for photo credit: Photo 1: Alex Plesovskich on Unsplash | Photo 2: THINX | Photo 3 : Bas Emmen on Unsplash | Photo 4: Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash | Photo 5: Gem & Lauris RK on Unsplash | Photo 6: Adrienne Leonard on Unsplash