overconsumption

How to be a Conscious Fashion Consumer: Advice From the Experts

Photo by Clark Street Mercantile/Unsplash Contrary to what Gwyneth Paltrow might have you think, you don’t need a bank account the size of Gringotts to be a conscious consumer.…

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Mango's New Strategy: Make "Fast Fashion" Even Faster

Photo by TonyV3112/Shutterstock Just when you thought “fast fashion” couldn’t get any faster, Mango ups and decides it wants to leave its competition in the dust. In a…

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ASK PATAGONIA: When Did Repair Become a Radical Act?

This holiday season, I have an early New Year’s resolution for the sake of Planet Earth: let’s all become radical environmentalists. This sounds like a big leap—but it’s not.…

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5 Ways to be a Responsible Fashion Consumer

Photo by Shutterstock Roomful of clothes but nothing to wear? You’re hardly alone. The average U.K. household owns an average of £4,000 worth of clothes, 30 percent of which…

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€3.6 Million Project to Tackle Clothing Waste Launches Across Europe

Photo by Shutterstock Last Wednesday saw the launch of the European Clothing Action Plan, a new initiative to reduce textile waste across the European Union. Helmed by the United…

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H&M CEO: Buying Less to Save the Planet Would Create "Social Catastrophe"

Karl-Johan Persson isn’t a fan of the “buy less” movement that’s beginning to take root. In fact, the H&M CEO warns that reducing consumer spending in the…

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Carrie Parry: Traditional Fashion Calendar "Fuels Overconsumption"

Photo by Anton Oparin/Shutterstock “Today, Spring/Summer collections are debuted on the catwalk in September and October and delivered to stores between January and March while…

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Sarah Lazarovic's "Buyerarchy of Needs" Tells It Like It is

Abraham Maslow would be pretty shocked at what most Americans today consider “needs.” Sarah Lazarovic’s reimagined “buyerarchy of needs” presents a new…

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U.K.'s "Love Your Clothes" Campaign Helps You Do More With Less

Could “love your clothes” be the new “make do and mend”? Waste & Resources Action Programme is banking on it. The Banbury, England-based nonprofit, which…

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Avoid Stress, Debt by Declaring an "Xmas Truce" With Friends, Family

Nearly a hundred years after British and German soldiers imposed a temporary ceasefire along the Western Front to exchange holiday greetings and gifts, it’s time to declare a…

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Patagonia Wants to Promote a "Responsible Economy"

Patagonia wants to usher in a more “responsible economy,” and it’s willing to sacrifice its bottom line to do so. The outdoor-apparel firm, which has built a…

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Everlane's Quality-Over-Quantity E-Commerce Model Espouses Less is More

Michael Preysman founded Everlane in November 2011 with the goal of overhauling the typical retail experience. Having quit his job at a venture-capital firm in San Francisco, Preysman…

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Is This $290 Jil Sander Paper Bag the Most Overpriced Lunch Sack Ever?

The latest It bag for the 1 percent? Jil Sander’s “Vasari,” a “long rectangular silhouette” made from 100 percent coated paper. Translation: It’s a…

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U.K. Consumers Own £30 Billion Worth of Clothing They Never Wear

Photo by Shutterstock If your closet looks like something from an episode of Hoarders, you’re in good company. British consumers own roughly £30 billion ($46.5 billion) worth of…

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How Do We Break Our "Fast Fashion" Addiction? An Interview With "Overdressed" Author Elizabeth L. Cline

Elizabeth L. Cline spent more than three years probing the underbelly of the American fast-fashion industry. Her discoveries, prompted by an epiphany over the absurdity of $7 shoes from…

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Retail Therapy is Just a Band-Aid for Our Crippling Self-Doubt

Photo by Shutterstock If a rough day at the office drives you into the arms of the closest sample sale, you’re hardly alone. People often shop in response to stressful situations,…

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Do Clothing Donations Actually Go to People in Need?

Photo by Howard Lake The following is an excerpt from Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (2012, Portfolio/Penguin) by Elizabeth L. Cline Since the end of the 19th…

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7 Youth Fashion Summit Demands for a More Sustainable Fashion Industry

MAKE MEMORIES, NOT JUNK The challenge is to make ‘common sense’ more common, said one representative from the Bocconi School of Management in Milan. “In today’s…

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