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15 books about sustainable and ethical fashion

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This article is for all nature-loving and fashion-loving readers. It’s more accessible than ever to learn about sustainable fashion and the green revolutions we’re experiencing. It is easy and urgent to be updated on these topics. But because there is so much information available, we have summarized it in 15 books about sustainable and ethical fashion so you have a place to start. They are easy to read, very interesting and with very complementary and enriching perspectives. Leave your opinion in the comments. Thanks.


1. Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes

An investigation into the damage wrought by the colossal clothing industry and the grassroots, high-tech, international movement fighting to reform it.

Bestselling journalist Dana Thomas has traveled the globe to discover the visionary designers and companies who are propelling the industry toward that more positive future by reclaiming traditional craft and launching cutting-edge sustainable technologies to produce better fashion.

In Fashionopolis, Thomas sees renewal in a host of developments, including printing 3-D clothes, clean denim processing, smart manufacturing, hyperlocalism, fabric recycling—even lab-grown materials. From small-town makers and Silicon Valley whizzes to such household names as Stella McCartney, Levi’s, and Rent the Runway, Thomas highlights the companies big and small that are leading the crusade.

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2. How To Break Up With Fast Fashion: A guilt-free guide to changing the way you shop – for good

Fast fashion is the ultimate toxic relationship. It’s bad news for the planet, our brains and our bank balances. We can’t go on like this; our shopping habits need an overhaul.

Journalist Lauren Bravo loves clothes more than anything, but she’s called time on her affair with fast fashion in search of a slower, saner way of dressing. In 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 wardrobe and embrace more sustainable ways of shopping – from the clothes swap to the charity shop. Full of refreshing honesty and realistic advice, Lauren will inspire you to repair, recycle and give your unloved items a new lease of life without sacrificing your style.

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20 Books about sustainable and ethical fashion - Not Just a Pretty Face The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

3. Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible?

Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they’ve kept themselves unregulated for decades.
It’s not just women who are affected by this chemists’ brew. Shampoo, deodorant, face lotion and other products used daily by men, women and children contain hazardous chemicals that the industry claims are “within acceptable limits.” But there’s nothing acceptable about daily multiple exposures to carcinogenic chemicals-from products that are supposed to make us feel healthy and beautiful.

Not Just a Pretty Face delves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry, and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover.

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4. The Future of Fashion: Understanding Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

Not many people understand how the current fashion industry is damaging our environment. The Future of Fashion will provide you with the opportunity to uncover this well-kept secret.

More importantly, The Future of Fashion will show you why there is still hope for the fashion industry and delve deep into (1) the individuals going out and making a difference in the world of sustainable fashion, (2) a collection of sustainable fashion topics from innovation to psychology to entrepreneurship, (3) personal accounts and socially-conscious movements from those making waves within the sustainable fashion industry, and (4) more info on the state of the industry. Little discusses the trends happening right now in sustainable fashion with the highest quality research available. The Future of Fashion will move you to the core and help you understand how you can make a difference in the environment through sustainable fashion.

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5. Beneath the Seams: A Social Impact Novel

Fashion designer Shelby Lawrence is launching her mother-daughter dresses nationwide when she receives a photo of the girl who will change her life forever. Runa, the family’s newly sponsored child, is a clever student growing up near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dresses are flying off the racks when a horrifying scene unfolds in Dhaka that threatens to destroy Shelby’s pristine reputation. Even worse—it sends Runa’s life spiraling down a terrifying path. Shelby must decide how far she’s willing to go to right a tragic wrong.Both a gripping exposé of fashion industry secrets and a heartwarming mother-daughter tale, Beneath the Seams explores love, conscience, hope, and the common threads connecting humanity.Perfect for book clubs, this social impact novel includes a resource list and discussion questions.“When a privileged American mother becomes aware of her role in the unethical fashion industry, she’s led on a path she never imagined life would take her. Readers follow along as they learn the ugly truth behind some of the world’s most beautiful clothes.

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6. Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion

Who makes your clothes? This used to be an easy question to answer it was the seamstress next door, or the tailor on the high street—or you made them yourself. Today, we rarely know the origins of the clothes hanging in our closets. The local shoemaker, dressmaker, and milliner are long gone, replaced a globalized fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion a year.

In Wardrobe Crisis, fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Putting her insider status to good use, Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. She traces the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior, and Hermès; charts the rise and fall of the department store; and follows the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw.

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7. Vegan Style: Your Plant-based Guide to Fashion * Beauty * Home * Travel

Going vegan doesn’t just apply to the food you eat—now you can veganize all aspects of your life from beauty products to fashion to homeware. And with so many ethical, environmentally friendly products on the market today, you no longer have to sacrifice style for sustainability.

Vegan Style offers a healthy dose of luxurious lifestyle inspiration for people who want to live kindly, feel good, and look fabulous. With insight and advice from today’s most creative and innovative vegan fashion designers and influencers, discover how you can incorporate more cruelty-free brands to your wardrobe while still looking great.

Plus, get some pointers from vegan experts on homeware, grooming products for men, and plant-based places to travel. We’ve got your entire vegan lifestyle covered!

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8. Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-toxic Beauty

In the wake of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh―the worst garment industry accident in recorded history―the words “fashion disaster” acquired a new and much more sinister meaning.

Commentators suggested that the tragedy was completely predictable in a sector with a shocking track record of rampant environmental damage, the use of toxic chemicals, and chronic human rights abuse.

Now the industry is undergoing a shift, and many of us are questioning our buying habits. The rise of socially and environmentally responsible retailers like Patagonia and The Body Shop has led to dramatic changes in the eco and ethical fashion landscape.

Magnifeco is the Fast Food Nation of the fashion world―your guide to making a difference too.

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9. Bejeweled: The World of Ethical Jewelry

Jewelry, long associated with luxury, is also becoming a medium for social responsibility and ethical values. Kyle Roderick, an authority on ethical jewelry, profiles fifteen designers who are at the forefront of refashioning
the medium for today’s consumers.

In the wake of Charles Leavitt’s insightful 2006 movie Blood Diamond, which told how conflict diamonds fund civil wars, the buying and wearing of ethically sourced and sustainably mined jewelry has become a priority in today’s luxury market. Bejeweled is the first book to cover this timely subject.

Profiling leading international designers who are at the forefront of the ethical jewelry movement, this beautifully photographed publication examines how an ancient art is powering a green revolution in chic jewelry for everyone.

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10. Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution

Naked Fashion invites you to join the movement of consumers, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals who are using their purchasing power, talents, and experience to make fashion more sustainable.

Anyone with an active interest in fashion and where our clothes come from or looking for a career in fashion and the media will find inspiration and advice on how to make a difference. Inside you will find fair trade and environment, styling and modeling, up-cycling and “slow” fashion, how we can change the high street, an ethical brand directory, and stunning visuals throughout.

Safia Minney is founder and CEO of fair trade and sustainable fashion label People Tree. She has turned a lifelong interest in environment, trade, and social justice issues into an award-winning social business. Minney is widely regarded as a leader in the fair trade movement and has been awarded Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum and an MBE for her work in fair trade and the fashion industry.

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11. A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion (Basics Fashion Design)

Packed with full-colour images from contributors such as Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Edun and People Tree, A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion is a much-needed handbook for both students and professionals in the fashion and textile industries.

Featuring industry perspectives and studio-based exercises, the final five chapters of the book explore a range of ways in which designers can reduce the negative impacts associated with the life cycle of fashion garments.

A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion offers an overview of the following topics: garment design; sourcing and selecting fabrics and techniques; pattern making and toiling; garment construction; distribution; clothing care and maintenance; reuse and re-manufacture; and material recycling; and it also covers the following sustainable design approaches: design for empathy; using mono materials; zero waste techniques; design for durability; engaging with local communities; design for need; reducing laundering; design for repair; upcycling; and design for closed-loop systems.

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12. Sustainable Fashion: What’s Next? A Conversation about Issues, Practices and Possibilities

As issues surrounding sustainability in the fashion industry continue to evolve, the conversation in this collection of essays from leading fashion academics and practitioners has been updated with current concepts and industry practices. Sustainable Fashion: What’s Next? A Conversation about Issues, Practices and Possibilities, Second Edition examines the challenges that designers, product developers, and consumers confront as they create, wear, and recycle clothing and fashion. Organized into three sections and printed on FSC-certified paper, each section focuses on an in-depth exploration of sustainable opportunities that are identified as people, process and the environment.

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13. The Wardrobe Fast: How Cheap Clothes Ruin Lives (and How We Can Do Better)

Clothes magically appear on store shelves. We don’t think about where they came from, how they got there, or who made them. But we should. The clothing industry is riddled with abuse, unpaid labor, dangerous conditions, and environmental hazards. Workers often risk their lives to make wages that pay for rent or groceries (not both) so that we can enjoy cheap prices for the latest fashions. What does this say about our Christian testimony? And what can we do, as ordinary people, to affect change? The Wardrobe Fast explains the problems in the industry and offers solutions for consumers to buy better going forward. In the middle is a challenge, a wardrobe “fast”: a month of living with just a week’s worth of clothes. It’s eye-opening to see how much we have mashed up against how much we actually need.

The fast will reset your mind, heart, and closet to help you buy more ethically in the future, so that you are able to do your part for your fellow man, the environment, and your own testimony of Christ-like love before a watching world.

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14. Global Sustainability: 21 Leading CEOs Show How to Do Well by Doing Good

Mark Lefko’s Global Sustainability examines this vital subject from the perspective of today’s most influential business leaders. Global Sustainability means ensuring that everyone on Earth has what they need to survive and thrive.

But in order for this to be feasible―and sustainable―businesses need to be able to turn a profit. Lefko shares profound insights gleaned from his one-on-one interviews with business leaders of all stripes, from the CEOs of Global Multinationals, Fortune 50 giants to visionaries leading plucky startups.

Learn from these CEOs and others: Sir Richard Branson-Virgin Group, Paul Polman-Unilever, Ann Sherry-Carnival Australia, Feike Sijbesma-DSM, David MacLennan-Cargill, Marc Benioff-Salesforce.

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15. Shop London: An insider’s guide to spending like a local (London Guides)

Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible?

Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they’ve kept themselves unregulated for decades.
It’s not just women who are affected by this chemists’ brew. Shampoo, deodorant, face lotion and other products used daily by men, women and children contain hazardous chemicals that the industry claims are “within acceptable limits.” But there’s nothing acceptable about daily multiple exposures to carcinogenic chemicals-from products that are supposed to make us feel healthy and beautiful.

Not Just a Pretty Face delves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry, and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover.

Buy or See It Here (Amazon)


Happy reading!

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