Insider Insight: How To Influence Change In Our Everyday Lives

Fashion is overwhelming. It’s full of every-changing trends, extensive supply chains, and layers of stories. For many of us, the narratives behind style is what truly wins us over. The visually enticing aesthetics of clothing captures our attention and then, the stories behind the clothes weave themselves into our soul.

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The garment supply chain is vast. Often, the more stories we discover, the more lethargic we feel because of the devastating realities we uncover. But, positive options are out there, and even industry insiders believe that we as everyday people can influence the change. Yes – we are all just 1 person, but if we each try to integrate at least one of these ideas into our own lives, we’d be on a pretty good path to shifting the often destructive fashion paradigm. The following quotes capture how each individual can contribute to changing the way we do fashion:

“I think it’s important to invest in face-to-face time with all those that we financially invest in.
Choosing to invest in the community that you live in can only benefit the greater whole, be it through product or just the way you feel.”
-Gretchen Jones, Designer & Winner of Project Runway Season 8

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“It’s vote with your dollars. Make sure you’re sleeping, wearing, eating organic. Whether it’s food or fiber…be an informed consumer and buy products that are investing in really transformational change and in communities. Be an informed consumer. Make organic a positive choice that you put into your life.”
-LaRhea Pepper, 5th Generation Organic Cotton Farmer & Cofounder at Textile Exchange

“I think sticking to organic and fair trade will ensure that your clothing has been made of the least harmful fabrics and with practices that ensure that workers are being recognized and paid their true value in the supply chain. So it’s all about doing research and thinking twice about what you’re purchasing.”
-Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher

“We all have to find different solutions. It’s up to you. You just have to do something. I think you can’t dictate. It’s like you can’t dictate style. We will all take a trend and interpret it our own way. Well, this is not a trend. This is the future. So, you have to interpret it your own way.”
-Orsola de Castro, Co-founder of Fashion Revolution


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“I think one of the things that a lot of people hesitate to do is ask. It’s the simplest thing we can do on a day-to-day basis, whether you’re in a store or you’re shopping online. Just to say – ‘Where do you manufacture and what are the conditions? Do you have any information about the suppliers that you can share with me?’ It reinforces to the brands that the shoppers care.”
-Shahd AlShehail, Co-founder of Project Just

“It’s an ongoing process. It has to be a collaborative effort between consumers and retailers. Retailers need to produce better made products and create more sustainable supply chains, but consumers have to do their part too and not contribute to the madness and create more waste.”
-Elizabeth Cline, Author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

“Make your voice known to your elected officials, to your lawmakers, to the people that represent you in the federal and state government.”
-Tim Gunn, Fashion Consultant & TV Personality

“Fashion is such an environmental disaster to be frank. I think about how my personal impact affects the planet every single day in the way that I eat and the way that I dress and the way that I recycle – everything! Just knowing that it matters. It’s not just fashion – it’s a huge part of the environmental conversation.”
-Shannon Whitehead, Founder of Factory45

 *All quotes captured from episodes of Conscious Chatter, A Podcast Where What We Wear Matters 

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About the Author

Kestrel Jenkins is the founder of AWEAR World, a platform that inspires us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of and who made them. Her podcast Conscious Chatter dives deeper, exploring stories along the global garment supply chain. Kestrel is a storyteller who has been working to bring the conscious style conversation to a larger audience for the last 10+ years.

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