Think of your sweater as a portable personal heater you don’t plug in.
Sweater Days is a campaign for energy conservation, as well as an awareness and action campaign for social, environmental, and health issues related to the manufacture and consumption of fashion and textiles. Sweater Days lasts all winter quarter, during the times you can wear a sweater to conserve energy. Sweater Days Programs and events combine creativity and activism with awareness of energy conservation and the fashion industry.
Join us for Sweater Days events this winter.
Sustainability is warm, functional, fun, and in style!
- Buy used clothing and vintage
- Buy local
- Buy less–but buy better and care more
- Select 100% natural fiber content
- Choose certified organic natural fibers
- Skip the landfill and donate or swap clothes
For clothing care
- Wash your clothes less frequently and dry loads consecutively
- Wash clothes in cold water
- Clean your lint filter regularly
- Mend and repair, instead of tossing & buying new
The clothing and textile industry is responsible for human rights violations, pollution, and massive amounts of waste. But the good news is, it’s a consumer driven industry, and buying responsibly can help! Think critically about who made your clothes, from who spun the threads, to who sewed them together, to who grew the cotton in the first place.
#1 WILL YOU WEAR IT 30 TIMES?
- Clothes have become disposable because they’re cheap to buy and wear out quickly
- The demand for cheap clothes leads to a demand for sweatshop labor and outrages like Rana Plaza (where over 1,100 people died in a factory collapse) and Tazreen (the 2012 fashion factory fire that killed over 100 people)
- Just asking yourself if you’ll wear it 30 times is a great way to shop smarter and more intentionally
#2 SPREAD YOUR FASHION $:
- The global fashion industry is worth $2.5 trillion. Shouldn’t this be shared?
- Buy local first
- Look for brands run to rigorous Fairtrade standards. How much are workers being paid compared to how much you paid the company?
#3 DETOX YOUR WARDROBE:
- Fashion is the world’s second most polluting industry after oil.
- Azo dyes are extremely toxic, but they’re still the most commonly used synthetic dyes for clothes
- 10% of the world’s biggest fashion brands have committed to phasing out toxic substances through Greenpeace’s Detox program. Check the list
#4 JOIN THE FASHION REVOLUTION:
- Be the change you want to see in your wardrobe (to paraphrase Gandhi)
- Fashion Revolution (org) represents millions of consumers who want change and also commemorates Rana Plaza by putting pressure on the brands to increase transparency and empowers consumers to be inquisitive about #whomadetheirclothes
#whomademyclothes source: http://fashionrevolution.org/
Carol Berry, Campus Conservation Program Manager,
Julia Bainbridge, Campus Conservation Outreach and Engagement Assistant, OSConservation@wwu.edu, (360)650-4924
A formula for Simple Clothing Choices
- Do I really need it? Can I make it with something I already have?
- If I really need it, do I really need to own it? Can I borrow it instead?
- If I can’t borrow it, can I get it gently used?
- If I can’t get it gently used, can I get it new from an ethically produced, sustainable source?
- If I can’t get it from a sustainable source, can I get a high quality product so that will last?
Author: Grace I Kunz, Elena Karpova, Myrna B. Garner
From Bloomsbury Publishing: Going Global provides a coherent framework for understanding the textiles and apparel industry in the context of the sustainability of supply chain and global sourcing practices. The manufacturing and distribution of textiles and apparel products is a truly global industry, making it crucial that students are aware of the most current political, social and economic developments within the international marketplace.
Author: Ellen Rosen
From Google Books: The only comprehensive historical analysis of the globalization of the U.S. apparel industry, this book focuses on the reemergence of sweatshops in the United States and the growth of new ones abroad. Ellen Israel Rosen, who has spent more than a decade investigating the problems of America’s domestic apparel workers, now probes the shifts in trade policy and global economics that have spawned momentous changes in the international apparel and textile trade. Making Sweatshops asks whether the process of globalization can be promoted in ways that blend industrialization and economic development in both poor and rich countries with concerns for social and economic justice—especially for the women who toil in the industry’s low-wage sites around the world.
Author: Ethel C. Brooks
From University of Minnesota Press: Unraveling the Garment Industry investigates the politics of labor and protest within the garment industry. Focusing on three labor rights movements—against GAP clothing in El Salvador, child labor in Bangladesh, and sweatshops in New York City—Ethel C. Brooks examines how transnational consumer protest campaigns effect change, sometimes with unplanned penalties for those they intend to protect.
Author: Raleigh Briggs
From Microcosm Publishing: Raleigh Briggs teaches us how to craft a sustainable domestic life without relying on smelly, toxic, expensive consumer products. And it’s not as hard as we may think! This hand written and drawn book of charming tutorials is both fun and accessible. It’s full of simple skills that anyone can and should learn. From creating healthy tinctures and salves to concocting all-natural cleaners and body products to gardening basics, this book is great for anyone looking to live more simply, create a comfortable nest, and truly do it yourself.
Author: Raleigh Briggs
From Microcosm Publishing: Ever had to say goodbye to a favorite item of clothing because of a busted zipper, fallen hem, or gaping hole? Want to save money and the world by not buying new clothes at the time? Concerned about the labor practices of fast fashion? Learn to repair your clothes from this cheerful illustrated guide. Raleigh Briggs, author and illustrator of the bestselling Make Your Place and Make It Last takes us on a mending journey through stocking your supplies, quick fixes, types of knots and stitches, buttons, mending seams, patching holes, darning holes, hemming, fixing zippers, waterproofing canvas, leather, and nylon, and so much more! Raleigh’s style is simple, playful, friendly, fun, and builds your confidence. You can do it!
Editor: Betsy Greer
From Arsenal Pulp Press: Craftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection of craft and activism; Craftivism the book is full of inspiration for crafters who want to create works that add to the greater good. In these essays, interviews, and images, craftivists from four continents reveal how they are changing the world with their art. A wonderful sense of optimism and possibility pervades the book: the inspiring notion that being crafty can really make the world a better place.