cover image The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good

The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good

Elizabeth L. Cline. Plume, $16 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-1-52474-430-4

Journalist Cline follows up Overdressed, an investigation into the global impact of fast fashion, with this thoroughly researched blueprint for making sustainable, humane clothing decisions. Cline sets her sights on the apparel industry, which employs nearly a hundred million people around the world at poverty levels and accounts for as much as 8% of global carbon emissions. While the figures are daunting, Cline believes individual consumers have the power to change these worrying trends: “If you want to change the world, there’s no better place to start than with the clothes on your back and the shoes on your feet.” She invites readers to take a closer look at their clothing choices by exploring the working conditions of garment workers and listing the many natural resources that go into each piece. She suggests tips for researching companies and a guide to stores that make lasting, well-made clothing. Much of the advice comes as helpful tips for renting and reselling items, and suggestions on how to make clothes last with smart laundering and mending. A final section, “The Fashion Revolution,” consists of Cline’s activism playbook and a discussion of the fight for living wages in the apparel industry. Melding worrisome facts, intuitive tips, and helpful resources, Cline’s intelligent work provides plenty of tips for making ethical consumer choices. [em](Sept.) [/em]