The Reading List January 2017

Lifestyle

My goal with The Eco Edit is to highlight design-focused brands that keep sustainability in mind when they create. And if you’re here, you probably share the same interest and curiosity for fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands that put less demand on our environment.

While preparing for the launch of this site, I tried to read everything I could find online about the current state of sustainability—mostly in fashion, to be honest. We’ve seen a few documentaries (The True Cost comes to mind) lately that focus on the harm that fast fashion is doing to our planet. And deservedly so! Part of my vow is to bring forth brands, big and small, that are looking to change their impact on the world, whether by lowering their carbon footprint, using sustainable materials and practices or all of the above.

And one way we can evoke that change, is by purchasing these brands, clicking the links to stories that focus on these practices and demanding more from the lines that we love. For ourselves, our earth and the future of this planet.

Here are four articles, and one app, that I found of interest while researching for this site. Occasionally I’ll update you with more posts that I think you might find interesting as well, because, in the pursuit of a happy planet, you really never stop learning.

The App

To say I am addicted to this app is an understatement. Think Dirty contains reviews on over 587,000 beauty products (and counting), ranks them according to ingredients and each ingredient’s level of toxicity, and helps you create a clean and environmentally focused beauty routine. I started entering and searching for products while breastfeeding my daughter at 1 a.m. and, if I was not so exhausted thanks to life with a newborn, I would have stayed up all night going through my bathroom cupboards. Not all products are there, but you will likely get an idea of how a brand scores by looking up similar items.

Accountable Sustainability

Corporate Knights just released their annual list of most sustainable companies in the world and among the smattering of banks, and tech and beauty companies, fashion brands hold only three spots among the 100: Adidas (#49), H&M (#54), Kering, owner of Stella McCartney (#80). Clearly this is a sign that the fashion industry can do much better.

The OG

Talking to McCartney would be one of my dream interviews, particularly when the idea behind The Eco Edit came to mind. One of my questions would be, what the hell is taking everyone else so long? After launching her line of sustainable fashion, and high fashion at that, over 15 years ago, McCartney has been an über ambassador for eco-friendly clothing. She is behind the launch of new materials, and her collaboration with Adidas has helped influence the company to look to more eco-friendly practices as well. In this interview with Fashionista.com, from late last year, she talks about holding big business accountable, debuts a video highlighting the creation of a new green viscose, and more.

Happy Shopping!

I can’t help but click every list I see (I love to online shop!), and I especially love a dossier of ethical clothing companies. This one from Flare.com includes quite a few Canadian brands, as well as international labels.

I recently wrote an article for CBC.ca/Life, highlighting some stylish Canadian kids brands. While compiling my list, I easily found 20 brands that I could include in my piece, but in the end I had to narrow the list down to ten (#ProudCanadian). Here they are.

Also worth a click:

Man Repeller looks into why sustainable fashion is more prominent.
Sustainable projects to look out for in 2017, according to HuffPo.
Highsnobiety.com talks about Adidas and whether or not they can take green clothing beyond its hippie past.

Feature image courtesy of stellamccartney.com

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