The Reading List: September 2018

Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

Ah, Summer 2018 — we hardly knew ye. Fall is upon us and the temperatures are dropping, but, on the bright side, the past few months were filled with progress in the world of fashion, beauty and sustainability. Below is a reading list of all of the season’s news highlights.

From fires to fish nets, here’s what went down.

Burberry Feels the Heat
Burberry recently announced they’d stop disposing of their leftovers. This summer, outraged sparked online after it went viral that Burberry, along with other designers, frequently burn (yes, actually set fire to!) overstock to avoid resale and to retain a sense of exclusivity. Now, Burberry has not only declared that would they end the practice of incinerating unsold items, but the brand has also promised to become fur-free. Our animal friends thank you, Burberry! (New York Times)

New Kid on the Block
Sustainable living boutique Eco + Amour opened up in Toronto this month. The store sells beauty and cosmetics, as well as lifestyle products, such as natural household cleaners. Items are priced by the weight, and only sold in refillable containers (you can bring your own or purchase one at the store). Eco + Amour is located in 30 Bertrand Ave, Unit B106. (Cosmetic Design)

Fabrication Sensations
Thinking sustainably is, yes, about consumption and shopping habits, but it also gets down to the heart of fashion itself, in the fabrications and materials used to make each and every garment. Here is a list of four new material innovations that will help brands across the globe think more sustainably. (

ASOS Does Their Part
British online fashion retailer ASOS is using their leftover textiles to create menstrual pads for women in Kenya. In partnership with sustainable clothing brand SOKO Kenya, The Kujuwa Initiative assists the many women in the African country that cannot afford pads or tampons, while making use of fabric that would have otherwise gone to waste. The pads come in a kit that also includes soap, two pairs of underwear, instructions and a wash bag. They can be reused and last up to three years. (The Independent)

Hitting Snooze, Naturally
If you have trouble sleeping, which is pretty likely at least on some occasions, here are nine all-natural ways to help induce some quality zzz’s tonight. You can thank us in the morning! (The Social)

Going Green in Style
Mother Earth isn’t the only one that wants you to stop using plastic shopping bags — fashion designers do, too. Over the summer Celine, US designer Scanlan Theodore and other brands released reusable bags intended for grocery shopping. Glamming up your weekly shopping routine doesn’t come cheap however as the bags will set you back hundreds to thousands of dollars. The bags have also been criticized for being made of plastic, despite the fact that they are not single-use. (Daily Telegraph)

Fishnets to Leggings
Girlfriend Collective has just introduced a line of ocean-friendly leggings made from reclaimed fishing nets. A percentage of each sale goes to Healthy Seas, a not-for-profit organization that helps support divers who work to keep the ocean clean. If fishnets aren’t your thing, the brand also offers their original leggings made from recycled water bottles. (Bustle)

Feature images courtesy of Girlfriend Collective

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