Glamour | How to Gift Consciously This Holiday Season

We all know that, as far as holiday gifts are concerned, it truly is the thought that counts, but as more shoppers wake up to fashion’s damaging effects on the environment, people, and animals (the industry is responsible for an estimated 5 percent of the world’s global carbon emissions and 4 percent of the world’s waste), the "thoughtfulness" of gifting has taken on a whole new meaning.

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Racked | 10 Things You Can Do to Shop More Sustainably

If we agree that mass-produced fashion is awful, that garment workers shouldn’t die making our clothes, that rivers should not be poisoned just for a cheap T-shirt, and that 1.715 billion tons of CO2 released a year (or about 5.3 percent of the 32.1 billion tons of global carbon emissions) is way too much, what can we do to change it?

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The Harsh Reality Of When Mass Retailers Find Indie Designers

It’s an up-and-coming designer’s dream. You’re laboring over handcrafting earrings or oils or needlepoint in your apartment to sell at flea markets and on your Etsy shop, and then you receive a single order from a retailer (one you’ve actually heard of!) for more units than you’ve sold in the entire time you’ve been making them. Validation! 

Then…panic.

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Refinery29 | The Last Millennial In The Garment District

If she fails to find a way forward for Johnny’s, it doesn’t bode well for the Garment District, for young designers who rely on the neighborhood to launch their careers, or for NYC as a fashion capital. But, if she succeeds, she could carve a space for other young people like her to succeed the older generation and keep the Garment District going for a few more decades.

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