Earlier this year I discussed 3 sustainable fashion books (read about it here). After giving my library card a workout (and borrowing one from a friend), I've picked out 3 more that make for some great reading over the colder months ahead:
Overdressed: The shockingly high cost of cheap fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
This is a great introductory book for people wanting to know more about how, why and at what cost the majority of clothing is made overseas in garment factories. Overdressed talks about the consumption-waste cycle, about how our spending habits are impacting the fashion industry and about how the industry has drastically changed over the past 20 years. Cline does a good job at splitting the blame between producers and consumers evenly: the more we demand lower prices, the more producers must sacrifice quality.
Slow Clothing by Jane Milburn
Slave to Fashion by Safia Minney
"Slave to Fashion offers hope of a fairer, more ethical world and gives the reader plenty of tools to navigate a challenging fashion system."
- Livia Firth
Anything that Livia Firth approves of deserves some attention and this book does not disappoint. Author Safia Minney is a sustainable fashion expert with a passion for social justice. Minney developed the fashion industry's first fair trade supply chains and has aided in creating social standards to improve the future of thousands of garment workers and marginalized people in the developing world.
This book brings attention to modern slavery and human suffering in the fashion industry. I found it very accessible and well designed, combining personal stories and infographics to deliver some very important stories and statistics. The book also profiles the best ethical practice of brands and designers within the industry, demonstrating that ethical and sustainable fashion can be stunning, accessible and competitive, as well as being empowering to its workers.
My favourite thing about Slave to Fashion is that it provides some amazing ideas, advice and resources for taking action. The book contains a practical toolkit that all consumers can use to demand change from the companies that produce our clothes. The book also outlines practical steps for government and business leaders to take action, encouraging sustainability and transparency in their operations.
Got any sustainable fashion literary recommendations? Let us know in the comments below, the ecoHaven staff are always up for a read.