5 Sustainable Fashion Books You Need To Read

Starting your journey to living a more sustainable life can be hard and specially when we talk about sustainable fashion. Indeed, there are many factors we are not aware of. Books are a good source to find information and understand why and how to switch to a sustainable wardrobe. Here is a list of five must-read Sustainable Fashion Books. Trust us, they will change your view about the industry.

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Elizabeth Cline)


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Elizabeth Cline is a New York journalist, public speaker and media commentator. Overdressed exposes the environmental and social impacts of fast fashion industry. It inspires readers to buy sustainable fashion brands. Thus, beginners who want to learn about sweat shops will love it. This book explores Chinese factories, follows the fashion industry as it chases even lower costs into Bangladesh and looks at the impact in North America and other countries. We highly recommend it! Finally, be ready because  her next book, The Conscious Closet: A Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good will be released in 2019.

Slow Fashion book (Safia Minney): One Of The Best Sustainable Fashion BooksUntitled design (6)

Safia Minney is the founder of the sustainable brand People Tree and CEO of the footwear brand Po-Zu. She is also a well noted spokesperson and campaigner on Fair Trade and ethical fashion. The Slow Fashion book is a really interesting read about how the fashion industry is changing and becoming more sustainable. This book helps readers realise that anyone can make a difference.  We can all starts projects that support the change, exactly like Livia Firth, Lily Cole and the filmmaker Andrew Morgan did.

Naked fashion (Safia Minney)

Untitled design (4)Written by Safia Minney, Naked fashion is a book shows how purchases may positively impact communities and the environment. This book supports some of those most in need and invites readers to the movement. You will find interviews to creatives and designers from all over the world, who talk about what they are doing differently to make fashion more sustainable.

The sustainable fashion handbook (Sandy Black)

Untitled design (3)Sandy Black is Professor of Fashion and Textile Design and Technology at the London College of Fashion. She has published widely on fashion textiles and their intersection with science, technology and craft. Therefor, this book brings a scientific approach to ethical and sustainable fashion. The Sustainable Fashion Handbook is based on interviews with ethical working designers such as Stella McCartney and Yohji Yamamoto. It also shares case studies on regular textiles. We get to follow the research into production conditions, import, sale, and track the clothes up until their end in wasteful dumps or donations of clothes to Africa. It is one of the sustainable fashion books that manages to talk about a wide range of topics regarding the fast fashion environmental impacts as well as social.

Sustainable Fashion (Coleen Hill and Jennifer Farley Gordon)

Untitled design (5)Coleen Hill is Associate Curator of Accessories at The Museum at FIT, New York City. Jennifer Farley Gordon, who received her PhD in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design from Iowa State University, USA, serves as a graduate research assistant in the Textiles and Clothing Museum. Sustainable Fashion provides an overview of fashion ethics and sustainability issues of the past, present and future. This book scrutinises each stage of the clothing manufacturing process in regards to its environmental impacts. It investigates the relationship between fashion and the environment from the nineteenth century until the modern day.

This list of Sustainable Fashion Books is pretty short. Indeed, many more that are very helpful and give more inputs on the topic.