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      How Sustainable and Ethical Clothing is Helping to Save Our Planet

      How Sustainable and Ethical Clothing is Helping to Save Our Planet

      Protect Our Planet: Sustainable & Ethically Sourced Clothing

      By Beth Hoad

      Earth day has come and gone, and just like fashion week, some trends fade, while others last a lifetime. 

      I’m sure we all have some sort of idea about the impact the fashion industry has on Earth. From the burning of fossil fuels, the use of synthetic fibers, to increased levels of toxic runoff, the manufacturing and disposal processes are contributing to our environmental downfall. I often wonder, how have fossil fuels made their way into my closets, when I try so hard to keep them out. But from overflowing landfills, to mass incinerations, the effects of fast fashion can be seen globally. It’s time for fast fashion to step aside and make room for slow fashion, the sustainable, ethical and inclusive sibling. 

      Saving the planet is a big job, but I know we’re up for it. Collectively and with repetitive action progress can be made and we can right some of the wrong. Today there are so many brands, big or small, who at the core believe in sustainability and ethically sourced materials. Initiatives created by the founders of Patagonia, such as 1% for the Planet, who pledge 1% of sales to protecting the natural environment. This pledge not only encourages fashion brands to join the fight for this planet, but is inclusive to all business owners. 

      Textile waste is severely damaging the world around us. Repurposing and recycling cotton is cultivating an industry that’s contributing to saving the planet. Utilizing waste is the approach Everybody.World has adopted, and by “pushing the boundaries of textile sustainability”, they’re “eliminating the need for additional pesticides, water, energy and soil”. As consumers, when we consciously choose to purchase from brands like this, we’re choosing to respect the Earth. 

      Sustainability Today, A Healthy Planet Tomorrow

      It can be difficult to match your love for fashion with saving the planet, but every day it’s getting brighter. Slow fashion encompasses awareness, cultural identities, choice, quality materials and sustainability. It provides consumers an outlook to freely express themselves through the power of clothing but keeps the Earth healthy, living and vibrant. Poplinen is a brand that understands that in order to flourish, the planet and people need to be put first and work together for a clean future. 

      From a young age I always loved fashion and the environment, but I never really knew how they were intertwined. Through conversation with local shops and by supporting brands who prioritize the Earth, you’re choosing to save “our” planet and protect future generations. As someone who’s an avid shopper, there’s no better deal than a sustainable and ethical purchase and a longer lifecycle of Earth. 

      It’s 2021, we can break down stereotypes, save the Earth and look good while doing it. 

      D.O.B strongly opposes fast fashion and the irresponsibly made, over-production of clothing. We also strongly believe that knowledge is power, and that we can change the way we purchase, care for, and reuse what we wear with the right information and a desire for a better future.

      What If Every Day Was Earth Day?

      What If Every Day Was Earth Day?

      Let’s Celebrate and Protect Our Earth Every Day

      By Curtis Harding

      As with so many things looked at through the lens of nostalgia, the threats to our planet seemed so much simpler when we celebrated the first Earth Day on April 22 1970. All we had to do was clean up trash, cut air pollution, and fix the ozone layer. We started recycling, slashed pollution, and closed the ozone hole. Done!

      Except we weren’t. And in the years since, we’ve learned how much larger and more complicated our environmental problems are. 51 years later the threats to our planet, rather than having been solved, seem to be mounting. So the thought of supporting a single day of environmental awareness? How quaint. 

      To be clear, Earth Day is still an important and powerful concept. The world’s nations very intentionally signed the Paris Agreement on it in 2016. 

      But when we stop and think about the troubles of our Earth, it becomes massive. Caring for our environment isn’t something that happens in one day, nor is it something that’s limited to a single issue. Or even a hundred issues. 

      These days, we have no end of things to worry about, and no end of “national days” dedicated to them. We’ve got Buzzards Day, Hippopotamus Day, Oceans Day, Reforestation Day — if it seems like there’s a special day for every day of the year, there is. Are we just getting carried away and overwhelming ourselves with a bunch of random made up days? And if that’s true, how can we confine the idea of Earth Day to a single day, or week, or even month?

      One approach to transforming Earth Day into something that we support Everyday is through the choices we make with our dollar. Help make Earth Day an everyday event by supporting businesses that use organic and recycled cotton, drive sustainable & ethical production, and reduce the use of plastics, pesticides and chemicals.

      This is why D.O.B supports brands like ONE432 that reduce waste through “made to order” and a transparent, ethical and inclusive supply chain that ultimately promotes a more sustainable future. It’s why D.O.B champions Vustra’s clothing made of organic cotton and low impact dyes, and Everybody World’s line, crafted from biodegradable, recycled cotton. 

      Together we can help combat climate change, clean up our waterways, and protect vulnerable species. We can tackle pretty much every environmental day we can dream up, and provide a real, tangible way to support Earth Day, today, tomorrow, and every day of our lives. 

      D.O.B cares about our environment every day, and will build awareness of sustainable, inclusive and local issues through the stories of our brands, partners, and our community.

      The Trouble With Fast Fashion: How Big Brands Are Destroying Our Planet

      The Trouble With Fast Fashion: How Big Brands Are Destroying Our Planet

      Are the Clothes on Your Back Killing Mother Nature?

      By Beth Hoad

      So, why is fast fashion bad? While some praise fast fashion as a way for all levels of consumers to own trendy clothing, the environmental and human costs are hidden away in each garment’s lifecycle. From cut-rate materials to hefty dumping processes, fast fashion strips away years of the planet's lifespan and big brands are some of the leading contributors. 

      Water quality, textile waste and overproduction all lead to the increased levels of carbon emissions that fuel this industry. From irresponsible disposal from excess clothing materials, to toxic dyes, this industry is quite literally opening the floodgates to increased water pollution. This puts not only the environment at risk but the lives of the people who are subject to it. The increased waste of synthetic fibers in landfills and constant use of fossil fuels are responsible for releasing harmful chemicals into the environment. 

      With the steady influx of money these big brands are making, why would they change and what are the incentives?

      Fast Fashion: More Harm Than Good?

      Fast fashion has changed the way consumers buy and dispose of cheap and trendy clothing. An interesting reason why these big brands can get away with so much is because they outsource production to countries with fewer restrictions. Have you heard of the expression “out of sight, out of mind”, well in some ways this is what big brands rely on. 

      Environmental issues are less of a problem if they don’t directly affect them, and labor laws are neglected if they don’t directly see the conditions workers are under. Because of the tight restrictions the U.S. has for the fashion industry, outsourcing to other countries with less regulations for environmental factors and labor costs not only contributes to profits for big brands, but also offers faster production. 

      Unfortunately, countries like Bangladesh and other Asian countries have very lax working restrictions. Garment workers can be seen working upwards of 16 hours a day, where they’re forced to work long hours to meet brand deadlines. They’re paid unbelievably low wages and work in harmful environments with toxic chemicals, making just enough to survive. 

      Taking a Stand Against Fast Fashion

      It’s up to us to choose ethical brands like Vustra, who work with fair trade units and offer safe standards for garment workers. Without choosing ethical brands, big companies get away with unregulated labor laws because they know garment workers will work in horrible conditions in order to live. Many garment workers have next to nothing, and big brands take advantage.

      Money speaks. If enough people use their voice, and make responsible buying choices, it will invoke change. In order to fix these environmental issues, we need to look at innovations to new textile development, sustainability initiatives and consumers habits. Brands like Grammar NYC, who choose to purchase organic cotton in order to avoid toxic dyes, support local artisans and use fair labor practices to promote sustainability, are who we should be supporting. 

      D.O.B encourages sustainable and ethical choices and practices for the planet and the many workers in the global apparel & accessories production industry who deserve inclusion and a better future.

      Which Celebrities Are Committed To Sustainable Living?

      Which Celebrities Are Committed To Sustainable Living?

      Celebrities - They’re Just Like Us! (Kinda)

      By Curtis Harding

      Celebrities supporting environmental causes are nothing new. But it’s a bit trickier to find celebs really, truly dedicated to sustainable living. So why don’t we take a moment to celebrate a few actresses who use not just their money, but their life choices to champion sustainability? 

      Rosario Dawson. Having grown up with her family having to salvage and repurpose furniture and materials for their home, Rosario Dawson learned the value of sustainable living early on. It’s something she’s carried her entire life, along with the drive to push for change. 

      Dawson’s fought for the planet, raising awareness on the impact of bottles and cans on the environment, and supporting organizations like The Nature Conservancy. She’s even tackled sustainable food production as executive producer and narrator for the documentary The Need to Grow

      And when she co-founded Studio 189 with her best friend, Abrima Erwiah, she gave the world a fashion line focused on sustainability, environmentally friendly practices and locally produced pieces. 

      Those are values embraced by more and more brands. They’re certainly ones that drive ONE432. Their sustainable pieces are made in Pakistan by local artisans and help sponsor children’s education within the country. With options like these out there, it kind of makes it hard not to support ethical and sustainable lifestyles.  

      Cate Blanchett. Few celebs come with sustainable living credentials as burnished as Cate Blanchett’s. When the environmentalist and her husband, Andrew Upton, became the Sydney Theatre Company’s artistic directors, they launched their Greening the Wharf initiative. From solar energy and rainwater harvesting, to environmentally responsible theatre production and community education, they transformed the Sydney monument into a sustainable institution. 

      Then there’s her fashion. In 2014, the actress joined the Green Carpet Challenge to showcase sustainable luxury on the red carpet. She pushed things even farther in 2018 by re-wearing a red carpet dress to the Cannes Film Festival. By 2020’s Venice Film Festival, she made sure that every single one of her pieces had been previously worn. 

      Fortunately, for the rest of us, reusable fashion doesn’t require red carpet luxury. Not with brands like Altar. In just March of this year, the company took their dedication to sustainability a step farther when they launched an online “Pre-Loved” store. Customers can buy and sell used Altar pieces with the company’s backing and make sure their clothing doesn’t end up rotting in some landfill. Who knows? Maybe Blanchett’s next step is walking down the red carpet in a Pre-Loved dress! 

      Emma Watson. It’s hard not to love Emma Watson. I say that not because I love Harry Potter, but because we’ve watched her and her sustainability journey grow in real time. 

      While still in college, after learning about the fashion industry’s massive carbon footprint, Watson decided to use her voice for change. The actress first teamed up with People Tree, modeling and designing for the sustainable fashion collection. She then went on to push for ethical production practices as she donned sustainable gowns at red carpet events. 

      And after wowing with a dress made from recycled plastic at the 2016 MET Gala, Watson started an Instagram account dedicated to showcasing sustainable fashion labels. Just this past June, she was appointed as the youngest board member of Kerig, the parent company of brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. Her role? Chairing the company’s sustainability committee. 50 points to Gryffindor!

      Make Sustainability Part of Your Lifestyle 

      With celebrity and cultural shifts towards sustainability, many brands have already taken initiative. Take Vustra, a clothing brand formed after the founders came to their own realizations about the fashion industry’s harmful footprint. Vustra found that what’s traditionally been men’s fashion was still lagging behind with sustainable options. So they filled the gap to ensure everyone has sustainable choices.  

      In the end, it’s easy to be inspired by celebrities enthusiastically embracing sustainable living, but we can’t just rely on them to lead the way. We all have options to do our part, whether that’s upcycling furniture, choosing renewable energy sources, or wearing sustainable clothing. So why not get started?

      D.O.B believes an ethical & sustainable future is built through our actions today. We welcome new voices and experiences as we build a community dedicated to a better planet, a better human experience, and the possibility of a better tomorrow.

      Don’t Sweat it! Reviewing the Best Ethical Workout Clothes

      Don’t Sweat it! Reviewing the Best Ethical Workout Clothes

      Make A Fashion & Lifestyle Statement With These Ethical Workout Clothes

      By Yashashree Samant

      Everytime the clock strikes midnight on December 31st there’s always one consistent resolution in the back of everyone's mind. Time to start eating healthy, join a gym, enroll in pilates, or perhaps even finally invest in a Peloton. For the most part, we try to follow through with these resolutions to get more fit and to embody an active lifestyle. Looking good often starts with feeling good, but before you step foot in your local gym or embark on a cool 5k run you’re going to want to check your closet and ensure that the clothes you’re wearing are ethically and sustainably produced.

      A great swimsuit, good fit of yoga pants or maybe just comfortable joggers. Athletic clothing has gone from being an option to now seemingly essential for anyone looking to embody that athlete mindset. While it is pertinent to work out and treat our bodies with love and respect, we can’t be getting better at the cost of the earth getting worse. Activewear is often made out of cheap, synthetic materials and is worn many times which results in damage; thus, increasing wastage. 

      D.O.B wants to ensure that the earth stays healthy along with you. So here are some brands that follow ethical and sustainable practices when producing activewear. This summer, workout to get the planet back into shape.

      Synergy Organic Clothing - This California based brand was inspired by the light and breezy fabrics of Southeast Asia. Synergy has built a global community from Kathmandu to California where they source organically grown cotton from India, use low impact dyes, and offer complete transparency on their manufacturing processes. Along with regular apparel, Synergy Organic Clothing has a section for activewear that is conscious and stylish at the same time. They’re also leading the way for recycling older garments. Mail or return the older garment to their store and you can get a discount on the next purchase.

      OOKIOH - This is a 100% sustainable and ethical swimwear brand that you can flaunt this beach season. The fabric is regenerated from ocean waste like fishing nets and pre-consumer waste products that are turned into exquisite fabric that’ll allow you to float in the pool for hours or practice laps with the same amount of energy and finesse.

      Nube - This activewear brand is women-owned and U.S. based. All of their fabrics are made from recycled materials. The recycled polyester used in their activewear reduces water consumption by nearly 20%, energy consumption by over 45%,  and greenhouse gas emissions by over 30%. They have partnered with artists from around the country who jazz up the clothing and add prints that are motivated from environmental issues. 

      For Days - For Days is an apparel brand that also has a collection of relaxing sweats to shop from. The brand has pledged to reduce the waste produced from American high fashion. They have a SWAP program that allows people to swap previous purchases for new products which reduces the landfills, a percent at a time.  

      Outdoor Voices  - This activewear brand makes environmentally conscious choices for their company across the board. They use sustainable materials in their retail shops, meaningful partnerships with nonprofits, recycled or recyclable packaging and ethically sourced sustainable fabric. In their words, they “design clothes with longevity in mind so they stay in gym bags and not landfills.”

      Your Dollar is Your Voice!

      D.O.B believes that by sharing information and questioning sustainable and ethical practices, we can all make better choices where to spend our dollars. We offer and support brands who align with our principles; sustainable, inclusive & local.