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An Ode to the Black Turtleneck

By Rachael Atkinson, Asset Designs Sustainability Intern     “You know, Rachael, some of the most successful people wear the same thing every day” my mom would say to me as I made myself late for school, tormenting over what to wear that day. What a waste of time it was for me to spend my mornings deliberating between two nearly identical belts to finish off my outfit (catch that Devil Wears Prada reference). She would always allude to Steve Jobs and his iconic black turtleneck, and I would scoff at her. This was 2012 and turtlenecks were anything but trendy. Besides, I wanted to work in fashion and I knew women like Anna Wintour wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the...

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The Supply Chain Story of Asset Designs' Flagship Line

By Tessa Battistin (Founder, Asset Designs) At Asset Designs, we are striving for a future where clothing has a cycle of life and death that is expertly managed by farmers, producers, consumers, and municipalities together.  “The facts proving the environmental impact of the garment industry are hard to argue with. Fashion is one of the biggest polluting industries in the world, and in 2016, supply chain waste was estimated at over 800,000 tons. Waste occurs at every stage of the fashion supply chain, and therefore each stage needs unique solutions for reducing waste” (“Valuing Our Clothes: The Cost of UK Fashion”,  Loved Clothes Last, 12). Our pledge for supply chain transparency  How can we manufacture garments with the least environmental...

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#WhoMadeMyClothes: An Inquiry Into 100 Years of Making

By Kate Bauer  (Women in a garment shop, New York City, ca. 1900. Image courtesy of the Kheel Centre) It’s been five years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh that killed 1138 garment workers. Response to the catastrophe reverberated worldwide – these were workers making products for fast fashion retailers – as workers and activists called big box companies to task for their lack of transparency about where their clothing is produced. In the years since then, only a small fraction of the list of large fashion retailers has willingly agreed to make their suppliers public, as many continue to work with garment factories in places where workplace safety and environmental standards allow for cost-cutting measures...

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Laying the Threads Bare on Clothing Donation: What seems like a local action can have hidden global consequences

Article by Jenna Moore Image by Katrina Shakarian Bales of clothing waiting to be sold at Gikomba market, Kenya Fast-fashion marketing encourages us to treat our clothes as disposable items, but many of the clothes discarded as waste by Canadians on a daily basis are still fully wearable. As a recent Greenpeace report explains, clothes discarded in the trash are are “not only a huge waste of all the resources embedded in these products, but create yet more pollution.” The solution that many of us with a full closet are encouraged to pursue is to donate our unwanted items to charity. Or, recently, with the rise of retailer-run take-back programs, to bring our clothes back to the store we bought them in....

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Which Fabrics Do Less Harm? A science-based guide to sustainable shopping

  By Rachael Atkinson I have a self-proclaimed shopping problem and an obsession with current trends. This  led to me amass a huge wardrobe by the age of 18. It was so large that for four years I did not once repeat the same outfit. That’s not to say that I didn’t wear the same pieces more than once, but never did I ever wear the same top, bottom, and shoe combination twice…for four entire years. That’s a lot of clothing. As a high school student with little disposable income, maintaining this routine required a lot of shopping at fast fashion stores that offer inexpensive, up-to-date trends. I am also a self-proclaimed environmentalist, a sustainability major, Greenpeace member, and vegetarian....

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