Resources & Items
Local Bellingham Resources
- Ragfinery–A non-profit resource that sells fabric, craft items, and used clothing, and hosts workshops and events
- Texture: Clothing with a Conscience–a local store with eco-friendly, organic women’s clothing made in the USA
- RE Sources–RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a nonprofit environmental education organization which includes the RE Store
- RE Store–Sells affordable reused furniture and construction materials
- Buffalo Exchange–used clothing store located downtown on State Street
- Labels–women’s used clothing store
Energy Conservation Tips
Energy conservation at work: Use these tools to decrease energy use in your office and carbon emissions from campus.
- What you do makes a better place: A PDF poster of sustainable actions you can take every day. Available in color poster by request.
- 10 Steps for Sustainable Living: A PDF poster of steps you can take for sustainable living. Available in color poster by request.
- 5 Things in 5 Minutes: A PDF poster of the fastest routes to dropping energy use in your office. Available in color poster by request.
- Power Down for Winter Break: A list of common office equipment that you can shut down when you leave for Winter Break.
- Western Sustainability Office Certification: Certify your office as an SOC area today!
Sweater Days is primarily about energy consumption, but also recognizes the impacts of fashion choices and work habits on landfill, industrial waste in the global textile industry, and the effects of over-consumption on people and planet.
- WWU Energy Dashboards:Find out about campus wide utility usage. Anyone can study campus energy trends and track individual building usage. Use the menu on the left to view a building’s energy dashboard. For information on how WWU gets its electricity, check out the EPA’s Power Profiler website under External Links.
- Garment Worker Diaries Find out about daily life for the garment workers who make your clothes
- Carol Francis Lung/Frau Fiber Learn about the social and environmental impacts of the fast fashion industry
- Post Carbon Institute: Our Energy Reality – Leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable and sustainable world.
- The Lancet Countdown: Tracking progress on health and climate change
- FashionRevolution.org: This website “aims to unite people and organisations to work together towards changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed, so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way”
- The True Cost: Watch the trailer here. A film detailing the impact of the clothing industry. “The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?”–from the filmmakers
Sweater Days Booklist
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.
Carol Berry, Campus Conservation Program Manager,
Julia Bainbridge, Conservation Outreach and Engagement Assistant
Cleaning your clothes does not have to mean using toxic chemicals. Choose a non-toxic, biodegradable detergent or make your own! This laundry detergent contains just 3 ingredients: baking soda, washing soda, and organic, vegan castile soap and is safe for your home, body, and the environment.