Sustainability is the change needed in the fashion industry. It's currently gaining popularity among conscious consumers. And fashion companies are starting to adopt more sustainable practices when producing apparel and footwear.
But change needs to happen faster. Today, the fashion industry is still the second-largest polluter globally. It's responsible for huge amounts of carbon emissions, pollution, and waste.
It's very encouraging to see progress in sustainability happening in the textile and apparel industry. At the same time, it's frightening to see how much there is still to be done.
Luckily, conscious consumerism is taking off and many people understand why sustainable fashion matters today. Just adopting a few simple and responsible shopping practices can do tremendous amounts of good.
Here are some very useful sustainable fashion resources, organizations to support, voices to follow, books, and films to keep you informed and help you with your ethical fashion journey.
Slow fashion books
Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas
Fashion and Sustainability: Design For Change by Kate Fletcher
Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion by Alison Gwilt, Alice Payne, and Evelise Anicet Ruthschilling
To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World? by Lucy Siegle
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline
Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics by Safia Minney
The Sustainable Fashion Handbook by Sandy Black
Documentaries on ethical fashion
Alex James: Slowing Down Fast Fashion exposes the enormous cost of our disposable approach to clothing.
The Next Black is a documentary that brings together designers, innovators, and leaders from around the globe for an open discussion on the concept of clothing.
The Machinists by Hannan Majid and Richard York documents the exploitation of garment workers in Bangladesh with the personal stories of three young women working in factories in Dhaka.
RiverBlue follows river advocate Mark Angelo on a journey through some of the world's most beautiful to most polluted rivers.
The True Cost by Andrew Morgan takes you around the globe to see the people who make clothes for the fashion world.
Unravel, the final resting place of your cast-off clothing is a short documentary on the journey our clothing waste takes.
Compare Ethics verifies the sustainable credentials of fashion brands to help ethical shoppers and will soon launch a comparison tool.
Eco-Age is a sustainability and communication consultancy committed to helping brands to create a culture of purpose & sustainability.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design, and build a positive future circular economy.
Fashion Revolution is a not-for-profit global movement represented by The Fashion Revolution Foundation and Fashion Revolution CIC with teams in over 100 countries around the world.
Good on You offers thousands of brand ratings, articles, and expertise on ethical and sustainable fashion to learn the impact of brands on people and the planet.
The Good Trade provides resources for sustainable living including conscious fashion, beauty, food, wellness, and lifestyle.
Green Strategy is an innovative and dedicated consultancy specialized in sustainability and circularity issues of the global fashion and apparel industry.
Pebble Magazine provides information and inspiration on ethical fashion, food waste, green living, ecotravel, and sustainable design.
Slow Factory Foundation operates education, design, and community initiatives and other opportunities for corporations to develop deeper transparency and innovation strategies for better environmental and social impact.
Sustainable Fashion Matterz is an online publication offering fair, ethical, sustainable fashion news, interviews, stories, reviews, and more.
TreeHugger is a sustainability website, dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream, providing green news, solutions, and product information.
The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion supports collaboration, knowledge sharing, outreach, and advocacy through the development of joint activities, including events, research, and guidelines.
Sustainable fashion voices
Adimay is the style, sustainability, and social justice blog by Aditi Mayer, journalist, and speaker.
Blue Ollis runs a blog and Youtube channel dedicated to promoting intentional living. She is a keen advocate of living sustainably.
Eco Warrior Princess by Jennifer Nini is a blog devoted to sustainable living, eco-fashion, and ethical business.
Ethical Unicorn by Francesca Willow is a blog that aims to take a holistic, fact-based approach to sustainable living and social justice.
Make it last by Emma Elwin is one of Sweden’s most popular fashion blogs. Together with Lisa Corneliusson, she sheds light on sustainability initiatives and inspires smart, conscious audiences to make greener, longer-lasting choices.
Sophie Benson is a freelance writer working with a focus on sustainable fashion, the environment, and consumerism.
Stories Behind Things by Jemma Finch and Ella Grace Denton is a blog that aims to excite and empower individuals to live consciously.
On her ethical fashion blog The Sustainable Edit, Jen Brownlie shares the best sustainable fashion, capsule wardrobe advice, and slow living tips.
On her Youtube channel Sustainably Vegan, Immy Lucas covers subjects from ethical fashion and minimalism to climate change and recipes.
Sustainably Chic is a fashion, beauty & lifestyle blog by Natalie Kay featuring eco-friendly and ethically made clothing, skincare and home decor.
Venetia La Manna is a climate activist and slow fashion advocate. She makes videos about living plant-based, low waste, and wearing old clothes.
The Wardrobe Crisis is Clare Press's podcast where she interviews guests about fashion, culture, sustainability, ethics, activism, and the environment.
About the Author: Alex Assoune
Alex Assoune (MS) is a global health and environmental advocate. He founded Panaprium to inspire others with conscious living, ethical, and sustainable fashion. Alex has worked in many countries to address social and environmental issues. He speaks four languages and holds two Master of Science degrees in Engineering from SIGMA and IFPEN schools.