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It’s time to wake up. On Global Day of Climate Action, VICE Media Group is solely telling stories about our current climate crisis. Click here to meet young climate leaders from around the globe and learn how you can take action.TikTok is home to some of 2020’s most viral fashion trends, from knitting challenges inspired by Harry Styles to a Little Women-esque aesthetic known as cottagecore. It also gives a platform to everyone from vintage clothing store owners and mending experts to fashion sustainability experts. One scroll on the app and you’ll find tips on how to transform a bedsheet into a prairie dress, followed by a lesson on the water shortage caused by denim production. With its bite-size videos and an algorithm that prioritizes discovery and can turn a user with zero followers into one with a million in seconds, TikTok has become the go-to app for Gen Z, in particular, for information on all kinds of things, including climate change. On the platform, upcycling — the process of taking an existing item of clothing or fabrics and reworking it into a new piece — is portrayed as a fun new craft project. And making your own clothing isn’t an inconvenience to be solved by a trip to Zara, but rather an excuse for a photoshoot, one that resembles being on set with Florence Pugh and Timothée Chalamet. But more than just providing sustainable fashion inspiration, the app has become an educational platform — one that many young people turn to and even trust more than traditional media outlets. “TikTok feels very real to me,” says Megan McSherry, the 23-year-old founder of AcTEEvism, a blog about sustainable fashion and conscious consumerism. “There’s a personable aspect that makes the educational part of it — especially about sustainability — come across better.” Prior to TikTok, she says finding information about sustainability that she could relate to was a struggle. Instead, she saw videos of unrelatable “experts” on Instagram and YouTube living perfectly zero-waste lifestyles in their greenhouses, wearing 100% organic cotton jumpsuits and preaching about the importance of veganism. > “Young people on TikTok see through the whole aspirational aesthetic of sustainability, and have figured out the real contributors to climate change, which are governments and large corporations.”> > – Megan McSherry, Founder of Acteevism“The term ‘perfection paralysis’ is common in the sustainable community,” she tells Refinery29. According to McSherry, perfection paralysis happens when you realize that, if you can’t be “that perfect aesthetically pleasing version of a sustainable person,” you shouldn’t even try. “You just end up spending all your time asking yourself: Are you even making a difference? Are you really good enough? But right now, we need everyone to do every little thing they can — pressuring governments and corporations who can make the big changes,” she says. “We don’t need everybody to have a perfectly zero-waste kitchen.” McSherry says her introduction to TikTok was a breath of fresh air. “Young people on TikTok see through the whole aspirational aesthetic of sustainability that’s been sold to us by companies, and have figured out the real contributors to climate change, which are governments and large corporations,” she says. “It has more to do with a revolution and large-scale action than it does with the green, natural-looking pants that you choose to wear.”McSherry, who has a Masters of Science in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Southern California, joined TikTok a year ago, but didn’t start making her own videos until lockdown. Today, her videos — like this one about the alarmingly high temperatures in California — have views of up to 280k. She’s amassed over 55k followers, all of whom come to her for information ranging from corporate propaganda and government rollbacks of environmental regulations to ethical fashion and composting. And she’s hardly the only member of Gen Z who’s tackling climate change on the platform. The ClimateChange page has over 356 million views. ClimateCrisis has 10 million views. In total, there are 800 million users on TikTok worldwide, 60% of which are members of Gen Z, and many of them are creating (and learning from) content like McSherry’s. > @acteevism> > everybody makes mistakes!!! 🤷♀️🌍🧚♀️🥰 oil climatecrisis climatechange> > ♬ EverybodyMakesMistakes – jasonwolbertAccording to her, the trick to finding educational information lies in who you follow. She chooses to follow a wide variety of people whose areas of expertise range from politics to low-waste lifestyle. “Maybe that means finding a new vegan recipe, or perhaps, learning about how a big corporation has wronged individuals in the past.” Either way, McSherry says that TikTok, with its digestible videos, makes learning about all aspects of sustainability and getting involved interesting and convenient.The 60-second time limit for videos on TikTok plays an important role for anyone who’s attracted to a “no-bullshit” way of thinking about climate change, according to McSherry. There’s no jargon involved, nor are there added aesthetics that are commonplace on Instagram. Instead, only necessary information and facts are included, allowing viewers to get to the root of the problem. For example, in less than a minute, TikTok user @feminaziii listed off more than 10 different catastrophes happening right now around the world, including Yemen’s humanitarian crisis and the all-time high temperatures in the Arctic. Nowhere in the video did she cite her sources, but her 120k followers don’t seem to mind. They trust her, which, according to McSherry, isn’t how they feel about traditional news outlets. “How can you trust the media when it’s buying into narratives created by the same conglomerates that created the term ‘carbon footprint’ to make individuals feel bad about their consumption habits?” she asks. “Even if the news they’re telling is factually correct, it feels a lot better to hear it from a social media outlet like TikTok, where you can pick up on those biases and maybe choose not to listen to them or take things for the facts that they are.”With more and more new users joining TikTok daily, many of whom will use the platform to educate themselves and their followers on issues — ranging from the environmental impact of fashion to politics, social justice reform, mental health, and more — it was only a matter of time before the company itself chose to support them. At the start of the pandemic, TikTok launched the Creative Learning Fund, which provided $50 million in grant money to over 800 young educators, from teachers and business professionals to public figures, who were reviewed and then asked to use the app as an educational tool. Topics included sex education, herbal medicine, and DIY fashion tutorials, among others. Framed as a form of COVID relief, the Creative Learning Fund was designed to provide young people with educational resources that were otherwise put on hold due to lockdown, like in-person schooling and extracurriculars. In many ways, though, the fund was a way for TikTok to highlight the fact that the platform has a purpose beyond dance videos. “The joy of learning on TikTok is that the content offers instructional tips and takeaways in a creative format, teaching something useful and inspiring users to seek out more information in a way that is fun and engaging,” says Bryan Thoensen, TikTok’s Head of Content Partnerships. The team also worked closely with all recipients to ensure that they “understand community guidelines and best practices for creating learning content.”One Creative Learning Fund grant winner is Lily Fulop, 24, the author of Wear, Repair, Repurpose: A Maker’s Guide to Mending and Upcycling Clothes (and a designer at Refinery29). On her TikTok page, Mindful Mending, Fulop shows her followers how to buy less and reduce waste, while making more. She’s also taken up sewing her own clothes — “in the more traditional sense, instead of being scrappy and upcycling,” she says — after watching others do so on the app. Like McSherry, Fulop believes that fashion’s impact on the environment isn’t all on the shoulders of individual consumers, which is why she also uses her TikTok to shine a light on the corporate institutions that are responsible. Earlier this month, Fulop posted a clip highlighting the large-scale effects of denim production. (998.8 gallons of water are used to make a single pair of Levi’s, according to a study financed by the American denim brand.) She also shared one about how brands, from fast fashion to luxury, destroy their returned or unsold products, respectively. Sewing and mending clothes play directly into the cottagecore trend. An aesthetically driven return to a more traditional, simple way of life, cottagecore involves romanticizing nature and creating items, from clothing to home decor, by hand. “If you enjoy just being free in a frilly dress in some grass and love baking and picking flowers, then I’d say this is the right place for you,” says Jade Dobson, an 18-year-old who goes by @softgrlfrnd on social media. The popular aesthetic has 4 billion views on the platform, a fan in Taylor Swift, and thousands of videos, a majority of which take place in lush, green fields — fields that, without serious changes, probably won’t be lush for much longer. “Sustainability and do-it-yourself projects are key to [the cottagecore] aesthetic,” Dobson says, explaining that cottagecore fashion falls into three categories: secondhand clothing, clothing from small businesses, and clothing made by hand, with an emphasis on the latter. But not every cottagecore fan started out with a knack for needle and thread. Instead, many were first introduced to the trend through thrifting. > “The way that [TikTok] pushes out information is so different, and that’s what makes it so important and valuable.”> > – Megan McSherry, Founder of ActeevismBefore cottagecore, the Creative Learning Fund, or upcycling blew up on TikTok, there were thrift hauls. (The hashtag thrift has 1 billion views and counting on the app.) For Gen Z, thrifting has always been an integral part of their shopping routine. Some shared with me that it’s the individuality factor that brought them to it; others, the low prices. Most, though, named sustainability as their reason for diving into Goodwill’s pay-by-the-pound bins and scouring racks and racks at Salvation Army. “We need to produce less clothing, and make use of the clothes that are already in existence,” says Fulop. “Doing so will save water, reduce microplastics and petroleum use, cut down on pollution from pesticides, dye, and shipping.” Thrifting is among the easiest and most cost-efficient ways to do that.Estella Struck, a sophomore in college and an environmentalist, spent the beginning of lockdown learning about the damaging impact that the fashion industry has on the environment. From what she learned, she decided to take matters into her own hands, by creating a sustainable brand called Ethica Clothing. At Ethica, Struck sources secondhand pieces that would’ve otherwise been thrown away and sells them under-$10. In addition to selling, she also shares her knowledge about the climate crisis with shoppers. “I wanted to create something that gives people an accessible, non-time consuming way to thrift,” Struck wrote on her website.> @ethica.clothing> > Also taking shorter showers!! Do what you can to help the planet😘🤍 ecofriendly environment sustainability ethicalfashion sustainableliving> > ♬ Paradise – IksonGiven how quickly she was able to grow a following on TikTok, Struck uses it as her main channel, rather than Instagram or Facebook. “There are a lot of opportunities on TikTok to get your message out to a lot of people for free,” she tells Refinery29. “For example my video about what Ethica is reached one million people in five hours for free.” In addition to videos of new clothing drops, Struck uses her TikTok to urge shoppers to vote, spread information about coral reefs, glaciers, and the water shortage. It allows me to not only talk about my business and market my business to people but also introduce new people to sustainability and help educate people on why we need to really look around and take tangible steps towards a green future,” Struck says. “I feel like a lot of people when they think of sustainability and environmentalism think about a granola-type people, which maybe isn’t the lifestyle that a majority of people want to live, causing people to shy away from a sustainable lifestyle,” she explains. For her, TikTok has become a way to show young people that anyone can take steps toward a safer, cleaner future.Now, with a potential ban on TikTok downloads just days away — Trump made a last-minute deal with the company on Monday, which pushed the ban by one week, to September 27 — many Gen Z TikTokers are nervous. “I have 55k followers who follow me to learn about environmental issues,” says McSherry. “And we don’t have environmental education in this country, at least not really; I didn’t get that until I went to college where I chose to study it.” It isn’t simply a matter of switching to other platforms, either. “Other social media platforms just don’t have the reach or power that TikTok has in terms of really having the ability for anybody at any following size to get a message out there to millions of people,” she says. “The way that it pushes out information is so different, and that’s what makes it so important and valuable.” But if we learned anything from Trump’s lack of concern about the California wildfires, it’s this: He really doesn’t care about the climate crisis, nor does he care what TikTok means to the environmental movement or about young peoples’ educations on the topic. That’s why Gen Zers with a platform like McSherry and Struck are focusing their attention on getting their followers to the polls on November 3. “The future of our planet hangs on the ballot on November 3rd,” Struck said in a recent TikTok video. “Show up for your planet.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Is Sustainable Loungewear The Future Of Fashion?This Is What A Truly Sustainable Bikini Looks Like8 Sustainable Wardrobe Swaps Worth Trying On
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It’s time to wake up. On Global Day of Climate Action, VICE Media Group is solely telling stories about our current climate crisis. Click here to meet young climate leaders from around the globe and learn how you can take action. By now, the fashion industry’s harmful effects on the environment are well-known. With natural resources being used faster than they can be renewed, and more clothing produced by brands (and thrown out by consumers) than ever before, the environmental impact of the industry, as it currently operates, is catastrophic. “In the U.S., 11 million tons of textiles go into landfills every year,” says Kristy Caylor, CEO and co-founder of For Days, a zero-waste, organic line of basics. “When these clothes decompose, they release methane which is more harmful than CO2.” With this in mind, many fashion brands have been reconsidering their practices over the last few years. In 2015, Mara Hoffman, the founder of the eponymous fashion brand, made a turn for the sustainable. “The switch was prompted by discomfort. When I started to learn about the fashion industry’s harmful impact on the environment, I realized that I wasn’t willing to move the company forward in this way any longer,” Hoffman tells Refinery29. “It also came from a heightened awareness of having a kid who was three at the time, and understanding what my actual ‘legacy’ would be and what his reality would be, dealing with the stuff I left behind. This left us with two options: to close shop or completely change our methods. So we chose to change our methods.”Now, she is one of the leading voices of sustainability in fashion, and as well known for that as for her aesthetic. But, according to her, the switch wasn’t easy. “Five-and-a-half years ago was a different world in sustainability, it was challenging to convince the wholesalers that had been buying from us for years and had certain expectations that this new way was what people would want down the line,” Hoffman says. However, she has proven she’s on the right side of history: Consumers’ shopping habits have indeed been changing, with an increasing number of shoppers in 2020 interested in secondhand fashion and sustainable brands.“We have seen shifts in how our customer thinks about sustainability. In the early days [the mid-’90s], they used to ask about where the product was made or whether the product was made in a sweatshop. When we first started to celebrate Earth Day in our retail stores [in the mid-2000s] — with a focus on organic product — the customer would ask what the difference was between ‘organic’ and ‘natural,’” says Amy Hall, VP of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher, a brand that has been a champion of the movement long before it was one, and whose sustainable practices range from the fabrics selected to its take-back programs. “Now, we hear about all kinds of issues from our customers, such as animal welfare, living wages, and chemical toxicity. Our customer is much more educated and informed than a decade ago.”Cassandra Dittmer, a sustainable brand consultant and stylist, confirms that today’s consumer wants to make better choices: “People do understand the need to shop sustainably. Conceptually we know it’s the right thing to do, but access to responsible brands is not always readily available.” She points to price as one of the biggest factors that deters shoppers from buying sustainable fashion, which is typically more expensive to buy new. “Being able to shop sustainably is a huge privilege because that means you are able to make choices,” says Dittmer. “Many people today don’t have the time or means to make sustainable choices when they are trying to support themselves and a family on living wages. We need to work on finding more accessible options if we want the masses to have the ability to get on board.” > “People do understand the need to shop sustainably… but access to responsible brands is not always readily available.” > > Cassandra Dittmer, Sustainable stylistThere is also the fact that, with the prevalence of greenwashing — the process of making companies appear more sustainable than they really are — and the many definitions the fashion industry applies to the word “sustainable,” it’s often hard for consumers to tell which brands are genuinely following eco-friendly practices and which are just exploiting the practice’s current popularity. “The key is to consider if brands are just using buzzwords or if they’re actually describing and detailing their practices,” says Dittmer. “If sustainability is truly a part of the brand’s overall mission, you will be able to tell from the way they talk about the clothing and manufacturing processes. I am always wary when I can’t find any information on the brand online — it generally means considering their practices and sustainability overall is not a priority.”As such, transparency is key, and “creates an architecture for accountability, both internally and externally, and it also invites your community into the journey and the joy behind the creation of the product,” says Vanessa Barboni Hallik, founder and CEO of Another Tomorrow, a fashion brand whose products allow customers to scan a QR code on the care label to see the provenance of each garment and what choices we made along the way to make it. “Transparency is critical to the future of sustainable fashion, and fashion period — it raises the bar for all companies by changing the expectations customers have, creates accountability, and really restores that connection between the customer and who made their clothes, which creates a real foundation for respect.”That said, the treatment of garment workers and fair wages is still a topic that often gets overlooked when talking about fashion sustainability. According to Sami Miro, founder of Sami Miro Vintage that uses existing upcycled and vintage (as well as organic) fabrics for its collections, the two are inherently connected though: “If we’re talking about sustainability, then it’s about the planet. But the people aspect of it is, in a way, a different subject. But really, if you’re going to be good to the planet, you have to be good to the people within the planet, too.” As consumers continue to demand transparency and ethical practices from companies, more fashion brands will be motivated to become more sustainable — if only to stay relevant. “I do see more brands following more sustainability practices,” says Chantel Davis, founder and designer of swimwear line Castamira, says. “When a brand knows that it can make a profit while making a difference, it’s a win-win situation.”So then what does a genuinely sustainable brand look like? “Being truly sustainable varies by region and it’s not a one-size-fits-all label,” says Dittmer. “Personally, before working with or recommending any brand, I always consider the three Es — economics, environment, and ethics — that go into the creation of a new product. From there, it’s about making the best decision possible.”Ahead, we look at some of the biggest things that sustainable brands consider when making theirs. What Are Sustainable Fabrics?One of the first decisions that every brand makes when operating in a sustainable manner is fabric choice. Many eco-friendly brands opt for natural materials, avoid synthetics that contribute to microplastics, support farmers that use innovative practices to restore the local ecosystem, and look for long-lasting, high-quality fabrics.“[In 2015] we started slowly by replacing existing fabrics,” says Hoffman. “You want to invest in fabrics and materials that will last and achieve a certain level of quality.” This, understandably, led to an increase in price. Miro says that the key to a more sustainable future is for consumers to understand why it costs more to do things more ethically. “The biggest problem in terms of sustainability is a lot of people don’t understand. Some people are like, ‘Why is this item so expensive for my brand?’ And there are a lot of reasons why,” she says. “The first is that we buy high-quality upcycled fabric.” When you add a short supply chain and fair wages to that, it’s even easier to understand why the costs add up — and why a T-shirt should cost more than the $7.99 it does at a fast-fashion store.When it comes to material like cotton, organic is much more than a buzzword. “The cotton industry is a very significant user of chemical pesticides and insecticides, including some of the most hazardous pesticides on the market. Organic and regenerative farming is crucial to reducing this chemical usage for the sake of biodiversity, soil health, and the health of local farming communities,” says Barboni Hallik. In addition to using organic fabrics, Miro uses upcycled and vintage materials — something that’s become increasingly popular with brands looking to combat waste. “Upcycled fabrics are fabrics that have already been created by other brands. They’re essentially waste, they’re leftover fabric that wasn’t used. So when you buy upcycled fabric, it’s so much better for the planet, because it eliminates the additional need to manufacture, which causes a lot of the problems that are happening, and is one of the biggest reasons why fashion is so detrimental to our planet,” says Miro. “You’re taking waste, fabric that would essentially be going into our landfills, and creating beauty out of them.”The longer the fabric can be kept in rotation, the better it is for the environment. “A product can be made from upcycled materials, worn by a customer, then contributed back into the same product cycle. The primary goal of any product is to keep it in circulation for as long as possible before breaking it down and upcycling it into new materials,” says Hall. “Once that happens, the new goal is to keep that upcycled product in circulation for as long as possible. And, overall, to reduce — or even eliminate — the use of virgin resources in any new material.”In addition to upcycled and vintage options, some have taken to using fabrics made from literal waste. Girlfriend Collective, an activewear line, made a name for itself in recent years for using materials like recycled post-consumer bottles in their sports offerings. Castamira similarly uses Econyl® for some of its swimsuits. “This yarn is made from fishing nets from our oceans, including fabric scraps from mills and carpets that would end up in the landfill,” says Davis. “This was to recycle landfill materials and what filled the oceans.” How Do Labor Practices Affect Sustainability?Since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013, consumers have become increasingly aware of the mistreatment of workers behind some of the biggest names. “The fashion industry is increasingly built on cheap and fast fashion. We seem to forget that, without the garment workers, none of our products would exist. Yet, we collectively forget that, with each ‘haul’ of cheaper trendy garments, the people who made those garments may not have been paid enough to buy food for their family,” says Hall.As consumers are looking to improve their shopping habits, ignoring the inhumane treatment of workers is impossible. This conversation has been heightened even more in recent months as several brands refused to pay for orders that were already being produced during COVID-19, resulting in a loss of income for people who depend on the little wages they do make. To highlight the issue, Miro asks to think about the process it takes to make that $7.99 T-shirt:“You choose the fabric, create the fabric. You wash and dye the fabric. Then the fabric gets sewn by a human. And then the fabric gets shipped. So think about all of those steps — how much the fabric costs, what it costs to make the product, what it cost to wash the fabric, what it costs to sew the fabric, and then what it costs to ship it. And yet, even with a $7.99 price point, these fast fashion brands are still making a profit, obviously. They’re worth billions now… How much is the person who’s sewing that garment getting paid for it to still be $7.99 retail price? It’s frightening.”> “We collectively forget that, with each ‘haul’ of cheaper trendy garments, the people who made those garments may not have been paid enough to buy food.”> > Amy Hall, VP of Social Consciousness at Eileen FisherIf a brand wants to be truly sustainable, it has to make labor practices part of every sustainability conversation, and ensure that the people behind the clothing are making living wages and working under good conditions. “You cannot be a ‘sustainable’ brand if you do not advocate for the humans behind it,” Hoffman says. “The treatment of humans across all supply chains — from the farmers and factory workers to distribution center employees through to staff at an HQ— should be a priority for all companies.” What Does It Mean To Have A Short Supply Chain?With items manufactured in other countries from the point of purchase, there is also the issue of CO2 emissions. “Moving things around takes a lot of energy and our current global logistics system is still powered by a lot of fossil fuels, which has a material contribution to global warming. The fashion industry is notorious for having far-flung supply chains where the components of a single garment may travel all over the world before its final manufacturing and shipment to the end consumer,” says Barboni Hallik. “We try to mitigate that by keeping our supply chain as short as possible. For example, we manufacture our garments as close to where our fabrics are made as possible and we are constantly looking for raw material sources that are more local as well.”Miro likewise keeps the supply chain short. “My supply chain starts and ends in Los Angeles. So I’m not shipping all of this fabric from China. I’m not having the pieces sewn in China, and then shipping it to me, and then distributing it from Los Angeles. It’s made in L.A., and it ships from L.A. So eliminating all of the production made in another country, and then shipping it to here.” What Can Fashion Do To Make Eco-Friendly Packaging?Sustainability doesn’t end with the making of a finished product — it still needs to be packaged and sent to the consumer. While brands can’t control how far away their customer is, they can use recycled and recyclable packaging to ship the product. “EcoEnclose [eco-friendly packaging and shipping supplier] is a supplier of ours for our polymailer bags which are 100% recyclable,” says Davis. “Plastics and other trash can take tens even hundreds of years to break down in the environment.” That’s why many are trying to eliminate plastic altogether. For example, Mara Hoffman introduced a paper bag this year as part of the brand’s goal of eventually eliminating all plastics from its packaging. Meanwhile, For Days tries to use reusable packaging whenever possible.“Packaging is a big part of the impact of any consumer product, and we took great care in ensuring that our packaging has the lightest footprint possible,” says Barboni Hallik of Another Tomorrow’s initiatives, which start with organic cotton garment bags and hangers made from 100% cellulose fiber from recycled pulp and go all the way to compostable stickers. “The key decision points are often in the details — for example, there is a lot of packaging labeled as compostable that is only compostable in industrial facilities to which most consumers do not have access. So you really have to do the research.” How Fashion Can Close The Loop More recently, conversations about closing the loop have come up when talking about sustainability in fashion — and for good reason. “A closed-loop system means that products, materials, and resources stay in circulation and retain maximum value versus ending up in landfill. At For Days, we make it easy and incentivize customers to close the loop by sending us their old clothing, and we do the rest,” says Caylor. “We sort, grade, and determine if it can be reused or requires recycling. We then work with post-consumer recycling partners to upcycle the fabric into new fiber, new yarns, new fabrics, and new garments.” Not only does For Days take its own clothing and exchange it for new items via its SWAP system, but it also accepts other brands’ products via its Take Back Bags, to keep all clothes out of landfills.They are not alone. Eileen Fisher’s Renew and Waste No More programs, according to Hall, are the two pillars of the brand’s circular effort. “One of our proudest initiatives is Eileen Fisher Renew, which began in 2009 as a clothing take-back program. Now in our 11th year, Renew has collected nearly 1.5 million Eileen Fisher garments, half of which are still in perfect condition and can simply be cleaned and resold,” says Hall. “The rest are sorted and fed into different channels: some are resold as ‘not quite perfect’ pieces; some are cut up and reassembled into fun, limited-edition collections; and some go into our Waste No More brand of felted pillows, wall-hangings, and furniture coverings.”Mara Hoffman also has a take-back program in partnership with the Renewal Workshop, which cleans, repairs, and sends back the brand’s clothing for resale. “The goal is to keep things out of landfills for as long as possible,” says Hoffman. “We also invite our customers to send us back any pieces they no longer wear. This partnership helps us increase the longevity of our garments. Since August 2018, we’ve sent 884 pounds of damaged Mara Hoffman garments to The Renewal Workshop for repair.” With more brands taking responsibility for everything they put out into the world, they are partially taking the onus off of the customer who has long been stumped by what to do once their clothing reached the end of its lifecycle. > “A closed-loop system means that products, materials, and resources stay in circulation and retain maximum value versus ending up in landfill.”> > Kristy Caylor, CEO and co-founder of For DaysDesigning with longevity in mind has, too, become an important hallmark of a sustainable fashion brand. “For us, circularity means ethically produced, exceptional quality products with long lifecycles and extending those lifecycles even further through resale,” says Barboni Hallik. “On average, increasing the longevity of a garment by even nine months decreases its carbon footprint by over a quarter. Imagine doing so for years and years.”More brands are starting to think about resale. This summer, Mara Hoffman partnered with The RealReal, a luxury secondhand retailer, to sell its pieces at discounted prices. “Companies like TheRealReal really embody what we are talking about when it comes to longevity of a garment and keeping clothing out of landfills, this is why it is crucial to design quality pieces. If you don’t love your piece anymore, consigning to TheRealReal gives the garment another chance at life with someone who does. This cycle of passing a garment on could be endless,” says Hoffman.While these are all applause-worthy initiatives, it still falls largely on the consumers to do the work. “Brands can’t close their loops without the help of customers. It is, after all, up to the customers to bring back their previously worn garments, whether directly to the brand or to another reclamation point, so that brands can then choose a new path for those old garments. That said, the customers need convenient and efficient ways to upcycle their old garments,” says Hall. So What Can Brands And Consumers Do Next?There’s a lot for brands and consumers to consider when making sustainable choices, but it’s important to remember that change won’t happen overnight. “While there is a lot of greenwashing out there right now, I don’t believe in shaming brands that don’t have every area of their supply chain completely sustainable,” says Dittmer. With that said, she believes that everyone can do better by starting to examine their current habits. “Every brand and consumer can make the effort to rewire the way they run their business and brain to be more conscious,” she says. “The best thing you can do [as a consumer] is buy less. Take a step back and resist the urge to be fueled by the quick release of fast fashion. Instead, work to integrate mindfulness into your purchasing decisions.”Miro agrees that consumers need to stop viewing fashion as disposable. “I think that’s a pretty typical assumption that people make when they know they’re buying something from a fast-fashion brand. They’re like, ‘Okay, I’ll probably get one or two uses out of this dress or whatever it is, and then I’ll throw it away.’ If you invest a little bit more, you’ll get a lot more time out of the pieces that you buy,” she says. “What I focus on is not creating a collection of abundance and pieces that aren’t really necessary, but on what my customer wants, and something that she’s going to wear frequently. Produce high-quality garments that aren’t just a one-wear and then throw it away. The pieces that I create the customers will have for years and years and years.”All the brands interviewed for this piece emphasized the need to design fashion that will last. “Climate change is an undeniable reality — just look at what is happening in California right now. Once we really dug down and learned about the negative impact that the fashion industry has on the earth, there was no turning back. We know that putting clothing into the world is inherently not sustainable, so our focus is on creating the least harmful impact on the earth and its inhabitants,” says Hoffman. “We design each piece with longevity in mind. We ask questions: Will this garment be timeless? Will it hold up for the wearer to re-wear over and over? How can we ensure we offer an end of life option?” It’s the same questions that consumers should be asking themselves, too, before purchasing.“Brands can do a few key things: assess how much they produce and sell, how often they introduce new styles and collections, where every fiber comes from, how each item is made, and how purchasing practices and decision-making processes impact their supply chains,” says Hall. “We believe that limiting the harm we do is no longer enough — we must leave the places we touch better than we found them.”Or at least do everything in our power to try.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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COVID-19 has changed almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives, and for lovers of fashion — who rely on the endorphin hit that comes from discovering, coveting, and showcasing new duds — 2020 can feel like a permanent timeout from one of our favorite pursuits. Sequestered in our homes for days on end and isolated from our social circles, what has once been the highlight of our day — getting dressed — seemed like a frivolous endeavor. Many of us wondered, Without a need to be “seen,” would all recreational shopping would cease? Would the creative pleasure of outfit-making have no place in society?Now, more than six months into quarantine and staring down a fall fashion season stripped of IRL artifice, we’re realizing that, while we’re still shopping and putting together looks, the face of fashion consumption has changed drastically. How we shopped had changed. With this in mind, we turned to our friends across the fashion spectrum — everyone from 11 Honoré fashion director Danielle Williams Eke to jewelry designer Robin Mollicone to some of the best-dressed folks at R29 — and asked how they shopped differently during the beginning of the pandemic, what they bought, and what they have their hearts set on for fall.The most important takeaway is that — despite some very splashy big-box retail downfalls and small-business closures — people who love fashion haven’t stopped shopping. And they aren’t opting for sweats, either. In fact, designer Tyler McGillivary snagged an oversized daisy-emblazoned T-shirt, and journalist Roxanne Fequiere opted for a throwback navy unitard from Staud’s candy-colored collaboration with New Balance.> “Quarantine is rough for everyone. If I’m going to go down, I should go down in flames wearing a heart dress that I can’t afford.”> > youngmi MayerEven more interestingly, due to a variety of circumstances, they’re investing in pieces that are, as creative consultant Amanda Murray puts it, “emotionally transformative” — those fanciful garments that spark more than a little joy. Pre-pandemic, these purchases might have been reasoned off the wish list due to impracticality or frivolity, but there’s no sense in holding back when the future is uncertain and happiness is in short supply. “Quarantine is rough for everyone,” says comedian Youngmi Mayer. “If I’m going to go down, I should go down in flames wearing a heart dress that I can’t afford.”Even though fall is going to look starkly different than it did a year ago, these people have their wish lists at the ready, undeterred — and possibly even bolstered — by the changes that 2020 has brought. Read to find out how people are shopping differently.Interviews have been edited and condensed for clarity. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.DashDividers_1_500x100“I wouldn’t necessarily say my shopping habits changed, but [I’m putting] even more of an emphasis on buying pieces that are special and emotionally transformative — pieces that remind me why I fell in love with fashion. I bought this amazing yellow lace Loewe skirt that’s perfect for social distancing because of its pannier — I’ve had it in mind since their show last September. I pre-ordered a billowing Christopher John Rogers top that arrives in the fall, and a few amazing politically activated slogan T-shirts from Andre 3000 and Shop Crafted.I have a feeling that I’ll be spending most of my time indoors this fall, so I won’t be doing much shopping. However, I bought a Molly Goddard beanie with a big bow. It’s very whimsical. I’ll be amusing myself with that for trips to the grocery store. Rosie Assoulin has the most amazing convertible knit that brings me joy every time I think about it, so it’s on my list. I always buy clothes that make me feel something, and I need to feel something other than despair in these trying times.”— Amanda Murray, creative consultantDashDividers_1_500x100“I started buying bigger items than I would have in the past. I’m like, ‘Oh this is a little bit out of my price point,’ but I justify that by being like, ‘Well, I’m not going out at all.’ For example, I went full in on this very crazy white suit that’s covered in dotted wildflowers from Stine Goya. I had to have it. I’m buying almost wild things with the idea that when this ends, I’m going to be like, coming out. The realistic side of me is like, ‘I need to buy things that I can wear around the house, to wear [to] not do anything.’ I bought this very oversized T-shirt from Chickees Vintage — it’s literally just a plain white shirt with a huge yellow daisy on it. I’m trying to find other versions of it because I feel like it’s my ideal uniform. I bought blue Chacos, and my life has actually changed. They go with everything. It’s like walking on foam. I have also been living in a pair of Patagonia men’s Baggies shorts. They are sold out everywhere and I had to find them from a very random website in the vein of Bass Pro Shops. So I’ve been looking like a 12-year-old camper, wearing oversized t-shirts, Patagonia shorts, and Chacos.For fall, I’m planning on buying these oversize, parachute-type pants from Ed Curtis — they have an amazing black line graphic on it. I’m also hoping to get on the waitlist for these really beautiful dresses that are pieced together from this amazing designer Nadine Mose. I missed the first drop, but she’s going to re-open pre-orders. ” — Tyler McGillivary, designerDashDividers_1_500x100“[Before the pandemic] I was like, ‘I need a hot dress to go to this thing!’ I have this one Victoria Beckham red dress — I just love it. It makes me happy to put it on. I’ll never sell it.I got this really awesome tie-dye turtleneck from Nonna. I like the tie-dye, it’s obviously everywhere right now. I feel like we’re trying to find ways to express that we’re happy. I’m almost at this point where, when I go out, I want to try even more than I did before. [I’m buying] things like sweatpants and biker shorts and sweatshirts — I’m just really into being comfortable, because we’re all stuck at home. I like Entireworld’s sweats a lot. I like their cozy knits. And I like that they’re so plain and neutral that it’s not a whole thing. But you can still be colorful. I’d really like to get a nice hiking boot [for fall]. I just want them to be kind of sleek. I don’t like to draw attention to my feet unless they’re in a high heel. I have big feet. I have a size 10. And hiking boots are clunky.” — Vanessa Lovarato, founder of Marigold Sweets and The Edible ClubDashDividers_1_500x100“At the beginning of quarantine, I cleaned out my closet. I was like, ‘Let me purge some stuff.’ That allowed me to see what holes were in my wardrobe — what I was missing to complete it, and what were the things that I no longer needed. So with that in mind, I think I’m definitely shopping more strategically, to fill those voids in the closet. Which was more blazers and transitional workwear — cause I didn’t know quarantine would last this long. I was like, ‘Yeah, it’ll be over soon.’But now, being in this space a little bit longer, [I’m looking for] items I can wear at home, but also wear out in public, that are comfortable, that are easy to throw on, that I don’t have to think too hard about. What I’m loving is even mixing and matching a blazer over a hoodie and a sweatpant, which is kind of my vibe all the time anyway. I’ve seen it on street style and Pinterest — I’m like, ‘Yup, that’s the look.’ That can instantly make you feel a little bit more put-together than just lounging around in your sweatpants.For fall, I’m excited about things with color. We have all already checked our box of black, gray, and cream. So what is that thing that’s going to make the loungewear or being at home feel a little bit more fun? The chartreuse/citron color was on the runway a lot, so we wanted to inject that into the 11 Honore collection. You’ll see that in sweatpants and a sweatshirt — that pop of color of things that you don’t have.”— Danielle Williams Eke, fashion director, 11 Honoré DashDividers_1_500x100“I feel like I’m definitely still buying a lot of clothes. I recently bought a Staud dress on sale — it’s a beautiful halter with a cutout on the sides, and it’s backless. I feel like I haven’t really stopped shopping because I still have occasions — it’s just that the occasions have changed. I still want to dress up because it’s still something I look forward to on the weekends. Before [the pandemic], I was buying a lot of stuff for the office — I’d buy tailored wide-leg pants and tunics. And right now I’ve pretty much only bought dresses. The H&M dress with the ruffle tank straps — I bought three of those in different colors. It keeps going in and out of stock. I have it in white, black, and beige. I’ve been buying a lot of sneakers. Even though I’m not wearing them, I’m going to wear them. I’ve bought a lot of Nike collaboration sneakers, like Stussy and Comme de Garcons. I am a big sneaker person, but I never bought into collaborations until I had the time to sit at home and wait to buy them. A lot of websites or retailers will have raffles, and on Nike.com, you just have to be there at the right time. I ripped my leather jacket last year. It was a Schott Perfecto imitation jacket, and it was buttery, beautiful leather in this oversized fit. For fall, I’m looking for something in that vein. I’m really particular about the leather — leather can be really tough and structured and I’m more into softer, lays-there type of leather. I think I’m going to bite the bullet and buy it online — if there’s a good return policy.” — Sue Tran, associate creative director, Refinery29DashDividers_1_500x100“I haven’t really bought much outside of sneakers to walk the dog in. On average I walk about seven miles a day, from [my apartment in] the East Village up to 60th Street. At the beginning of the pandemic, there was no one out and no cars on the street, so you could walk anywhere in the city and be the only person around. I bought a pair of sneakers in March that I really loved — the Hoka and Opening Ceremony collaboration. And I walked so much the first three months of quarantine that I wore all the treads off the bottom. I am gonna buy another pair of the Bondi 6 sneakers for fall.Part of it for me is that I like the hunt. I like to be sifting through things and finding things, and I’m not a huge online shopper. There’s eBay and TheRealReal, but it’s not the same thrill. You don’t get the same high from it. So I’ve just been wearing things that were in my closet that I didn’t even probably worn before. Those vintage purchases where I’d think, Someday I’m going to wear this. Now is the time!I feel like the way I live and dress is pretty boring and basic right now. I’m not getting dressed up. The thing that I want to buy is jewelry. All the time. I think being on Zoom, even if you’re not getting fully dressed, you still want some flair. I don’t care about what shirt I’m wearing or what pants I’m wearing — I want to wear jewelry. I have my eye on a ring — a 14K gold ladybug cocktail ring from TheRealReal. It’s a size 3.5, which fits my pinky. I’m waiting for it to go on sale, and then it’s mine.— Robin Mollicone, jewelry designerDashDividers_1_500x100“When quarantine started, I was so broke. I was scared that the $200 I had in my account was the last $200 I’d ever have in my life. So I wasn’t buying anything — or paying rent. I was stressed out. Now that I’m working again, and have a paycheck, it’s interesting. Quarantine means that I don’t spend any money, so recently I’ve been online shopping a lot. It’s so new to me. Even before quarantine, I would never really shop, because I felt sort of guilty about spending money. And I would never shop online. But now it’s become a fun thing in my head — like, ‘Oh, I got a good deal on something.‘ It’s kind of like an outlet.I bought vintage Gucci mules from TheRealReal. I’m so excited about them. They were so cheap — I mean, not so cheap, but such a good deal. I got [my dress] at Net-a-Porter, and it was half-off. It was ridiculous. I was like, ‘This is a silk simple dress that I’m always going to wear,’ so I just got it. Like everybody else in the world, I’ve been seriously debating buying that strawberry dress. But I don’t want the strawberry dress; I want the corseted heart-print dress from the same designer [Lirika Matoshi]. It’s way above what I feel comfortable letting myself spend right now — if I’m still okay financially in the fall, that will be my little gift. I don’t know what my financial future looks like. If I’m going bankrupt, might as well wear a $400 heart corset dress.I got the strawberry mask, and it was $50. I’m too embarrassed to wear it, because I feel like people will be like, ‘Oh, that’s the strawberry-dress mask, huh?’” — Youngmi Mayer, comedian and co-host of Feeling Asian podcastDashDividers_1_500x100“The first two months of stay-at-home orders, I definitely bought things impulsively. I went maybe five or six weeks of feeling very restricted and just being like, ‘We can’t buy anything, we can’t do anything.’ And then something happened — a switch flipped, and I was like, ‘I am going to cater to all of my whimsies!’ And if I want something, I’m just going to buy it. Which I think was a stress response, honestly. That was the timeframe where I bought a tie-dye shirt, which I probably would have bought anyway, but I definitely bought it in a COVID haze of like, ‘What about tie-dye? Will that make me happy?’I bought a pair of linen pants from Elizabeth Suzann, at one of their last sample sales. They are kind of shut down right now, which is really, really sad. I loved everything they stood for. I also bought pink Red Wings. It’s a very practical shoe in a very ostentatious color, which is a perfect shoe to me. I have wanted this style for a long time, I’ve seen how well they wear. It’s not an entirely frivolous purchase, but I was also like, ‘I’m buying pink boots in June.’ Moving into fall, the one thing I’m looking for — which I might end up spending too much money on, but it’s okay — is an oversized cashmere sweater. I managed to thrift one last year, and it’s so comforting and it’s so easy to wear. I wore it a ton last year, so I’m hoping I can Etsy-eBay-resale and find something similar. I’m praying to the thrift gods.”— Lydia Okello, writer, model, and fashion personDashDividers_1_500x100“I really need a good fanny pack. I think that will be my big fall purchase. A nice leather one, like brown or black or a bright color. There’s also this dress from our fall collection that I’m obsessed with. It’s called the Thelma — it’s named after my Filipino grandmother because it has a really traditional Filipino collar. It’s really really comfortable.” — Kristen Gonzalez, co-founder, Selva Negra“[Kristen and I] are women of color and Selva Negra is a small business, so I’ve been super conscious of trying to pay it forward to other businesses. Actually what I’m wearing right now is amazing — it’s a set by this awesome Black designer named Samantha Black. It’s flowy and it’s lightweight. I just made this purchase, and I am really happy with it.As far as fall goes, I’m looking at our collection a lot. I took one of our bright blue fall corduroy jumpsuits home, and I’ve worn it three times in one week. I’m trying not to do too much shopping, but I’m trying to have some more statement colors and pieces.”— Sam Romero, co-founder, Selva NegraDashDividers_1_500x100“At the very beginning of the pandemic when I was fully at home for weeks and weeks, I would open my Promotions tab [on Gmail] and look at all the stuff and feel like, ‘This is utterly useless.’ I was like, ‘I can’t believe this used to bring me so much joy, and all of the sudden, I can’t leave my house. Nothing matters, it’s so expensive.’ The prices hadn’t changed, but now it felt really, like, frivolous to be shopping or thinking about [fashion]. I know that in the beginning I started leaning towards buying things that were helpful, or useful, or home-based.When I’m in my apartment for days at a time, the highlight of my day is checking the mail. It feels very Little House on the Prairie-ish, like, ‘What has come today?’ When I would go down and find a package, it would be a joyful thing. So then I think I started to warm up to the idea of buying clothes, and it didn’t take me long before I started buying vintage again. There’s a store called Wayward Collection, she’s based in Philly — I shop there once or twice a week, it’s like a problem. She has really reasonable prices. And then recently the Good Buys sample sale went down, and they were donating all of the proceeds to charity, and I did way too much there. I got a Rachel Comey dress.For fall, I did get a pair of black Carhartt overalls that I’m really excited about, because one thing that I’ve been wearing all summer long is a pair of denim shortalls — I feel like a cartoon character, because I’ve been wearing them so much. [Over the summer,] I would be like, ‘Can I wear my black overalls today?’ And [my husband] will be like, ‘No! It’s like, 85 degrees.’” — Roxanne Fequiere, freelance writerDashDividers_1_500x100“I bought a Dusen Dusen dress with a matching mask. I’ve been wanting to match my mask to an outfit, so I had to get it, even though it was 100-something dollars. The dress is black-and-white, and it has flowers in a grid — I’m obsessed with it. Usually, I’m like, ‘There’s no reason for me to spend so much money,’ but I didn’t even think twice about it. I need it to make me happy during these times.I’m buying a lot of is accessories rather than clothing. Like, these chunky hairclips that I can wear for Zoom. Some earrings from a weird Instagram website. It’s French. I saw an ad for it, and I was like, ‘I need this.’ I know people are investing in comfortable loungewear, but I’m not ready for that point in quarantine yet. I’m not ready to accept that I’m going to be here for a year.I still want to buy shoes, even though I notice that it doesn’t make any sense. We stood in this line at the Nike store at Woodbury Commons, and I bought these sneakers for 70% off. After an hour in line, I was like, ‘I need to buy something, because I stood on line.’ It was a great sale, so I’m happy I did it.I haven’t prepared myself for fall at all, but I guess I’ll need to eventually stop wearing dresses. I need a comfortable, wide-leg stretchy pant. So, like, loungewear, but make it cuter.”— Paula Volchok, associate graphic designer, Refinery29 Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How Food Habits Have Changed Throughout QuarantineAn Ode To Inside Shoes, A Quarantine Fashion Trend21 Sweatsuits For Your Best Stay-At-Home Life