DIY How-To

DIY Tutorial: High Waist Cut-Off Shorts

Denim cut-offs are a summer staple and in theory one of the easiest things to make yourself. Yet, I’ve tried on probably two dozen pairs this season in search of the perfect ready-made shorts. After coming up empty-handed and balking at the high prices, I decided to save money and get exactly what I wanted …

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Textile Waste

The Four-Point Plan for Properly Donating Old Clothes

Perhaps you’ve never considered there’s a right way to donate clothes. We like to imagine that charities are just thrilled to get our pre-loved items, even if they’re a little worse for the wear. I certainly thought the same thing, that is until I started working in the secondhand clothing industry and saw first-hand the …

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Writings

Who Dumbed Down American Fashion? [Via Etsy Blog]

Women’s clothing once looked like an elaborate layered cake. Floor-length dresses were made of reams of fabric, often covered in trims and details like lace and embroidery, and supported by chemises, bustles, crinolines, corsets, and petticoats. Over the last 150 years, fashionable dress has shed layers and complexity to the point where many Americans spend …

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In The News Labor Rights

Labor Activists Target H&M in Times Square Over Safety of Bangladesh Factories [Via Democracy Now]

Elizabeth joined labor activists around the world, from 40 different countries, in targeting clothing retailer H&M over the safety of its supplier factories in Bangladesh. As H&M shareholders met in Sweden, organizers rallied in front of the Times Square H&M store to demand safe conditions. Elizabeth told Democracy Now: “I’m out here today to demand …

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In The News

Can Socially Conscious Goods Save the World? [Via NYTimes Opinion]

[Byline: Emily Matchar] Our hunger for handmade has gone beyond aesthetics, uniqueness and quality. In progressive circles, buying handmade has come to connote moral virtue, signifying an interest in sustainability and a commitment to social justice. By making your own cleaning supplies, you’re eschewing environment-poisoning chemicals. By buying a handmade sweater, you’re fighting sweatshop labor. …

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Writings

The Good Closet

Years ago, I had a Tumblr blog called The Good Closet. I’m finally resurrecting here, dedicating this space to how to reconnect with what you wear and get dressed more ethically and sustainably on a budget you can afford. 🙂

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Textile Waste Writings

Where Does Discarded Clothing Go? [Via The Atlantic]

In Brooklyn, New York, where space is precious, it’s not surprising that many of the borough’s residents are starting to complain, loudly, about the countless used-clothing donation bins gobbling up sidewalks and serving as a magnet for garbage and graffiti. Aghast, Brooklyn Magazine commanded its readers not to use “those piece-of-crap bins.” Read more via The Atlantic.

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