Posts Tagged: sustainability

Guest Post: Nancy Dilts on Textile Recycling

Today I’m thrilled to welcome sustainable stylist Nancy Dilts back to Already Pretty! A few weeks ago, Nancy and I got to talking about textile recycling – a topic that fascinates me, as someone who is trying to shop and live more sustainably – and eventually I found myself begging her to share her knowledge with you folks. So I’ll turn it over to Nancy and let her dig right in.

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Consign, Donate, or RECYCLE?

As a wardrobe consultant who specializes in practicing sustainable consumerism, a large part of my work with clients is to help them embrace their personal style sustainably, using three strategies: read more

An Argument for Consignment Stores

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One of the most eye-opening and alarming facts I learned from watching “The True Cost” was about thrift stores. I already knew that some of the clothing that gets donated ends up somewhere other than on the racks, but I had no idea how much. Do you? Well, around 80% of donated clothing ends up going to textile recyclers because thrift stores receive FAR more clothing than they could ever house and sell. And although 55% of that 80% is recycled into industrial materials like insulation and pillow stuffing, 45% is exported to developing countries. The film pointed out that when this influx of clothing arrives – relatively new, sometimes trendy, and definitely affordable – it can cause local clothing makers to lose business. Or be driven out of business entirely. And the sheer amount that shows up is more than most communities can handle, so much of it ends up in landfills. read more

Fascinating and Fashionable: Anupama the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Professor

I met Anupama Pasricha, Ph.D., last year at an event showcasing her students’ designs. She’s chair of the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, and Design at St. Catherine University, and also an assistant professor there. She’s also an advocate for sustainable design and a a strong believer in the look good-feel good connection and the importance of cultivating positive body image in young women and men. Let’s hear from Anupama!

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Have you always loved clothing and fashion?
Yes and no. The first time I fell in love with clothing and fashion was when I took an undergraduate course in textiles. Learning about fibers and fabrics was the turning point in my life. I am intrigued by fabric design, textures, and color and typically use those things as my inspiration. read more