7 Instagram Accounts To Help Expand Your Knowledge On Sustainability

Sakshi Kore , 05 Jun 2020
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The pace at which the fashion industry has been misusing our planet’s resources is worrisome. I said it once and I’m not afraid to say it again, but fashion is exhausting planetary resources. And is also causing tremendous amounts of pollution. The glamorous industry accounts for 10% of carbon emissions in the world. The time of turning our backs on the environmental impact and climate change is long gone. No amount of words or visuals can emphasise enough that fashion needs to slow down immediately and adapt to sustainability. Adopting organic lifestyles is a must if you wish to save the environment. And for this, one must educate themselves correctly.

Sustainable living is a vast topic to comprehend. However, for one to shift their lifestyles to more organic ways, learning and educating oneself is the only option to bring about an effective change. But as mentioned, it is normal to feel overwhelmed with the abundance of information available out there. Social media platforms, today, have become our go-to sources for news and information. So here’s how you can make the most of it and gain all the necessary knowledge on sustainability.

Ahead is a list of 7 Instagram accounts to follow to expand your understanding of sustainable fashion:

1. Aja Barber

Aja Barber is a writer, fashion consultant and an influencer of all things ethical and sustainable. Her feed is a mix of the latest news, facts and opinions on not just organic fashion, but also on the broken system of fast fashion. With each post, Aja ensures she’s feeding her followers the information they need to know.

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You have an opportunity here. Retailers. Brands. Consumers. Everyone. We’ve been given a moment to pause and rethink the way we operate. We now have a brief moment and a chance to reconfigure the harmful system we have in place and think about and act on making these systems better. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We have time to consider who gets paid and why and rally for better for all. We have an opportunity to truly fix things and rebuilt from the ground up. We could use this pause to truly envision a future where all workers are paid fairly for their labor (and when I say fair I think that’s above a “living wage”). Or we could continue to move forward in a direction that exploits labor of those in traditionally pillaged countries and harms the Earth.⁣ We can choose to stand united against unpaid labor, forced labor and exploitive labor. We can choose to stand with people and the planet.⁣ ⁣⁣ So I guess the question is, will we? Will we return to business as usual to detriment of the planet and ourselves or will we move forward and remember that #everydayisearthday? Thank you @theslowfactory for sharing orchestrating this ♥️

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2. Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution is a global, non-profit campaign dedicated to promoting sustainability and overturning the existing fashion scenario. They observe the industry carefully and bring to light any faulty steps and strategies that brands follow, as well as advocate for the correct way to conduct fashion. Fashion Revolution is your one-stop-shop to know about sustainable fashion, ethical systems and fashion’s impact on the environment.

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It’s #EarthDay – a day to consider our impact on the planet we live on, to fight against the corporations and systems that profit from degrading our Earth and, as we were recently reminded by @theslowfactory, to remember that Earth day is every day. Today, we’ll be calling on brands to answer the question #WhatsInMyClothes? and sharing facts about fashion’s impact on the environment through the materials, dyes, and processes that comprise the clothes we wear. We’ll also be looking at fashion’s impact on climate breakdown and come together as a community to demand that brands take responsibility for the natural resources they take and the lands and waters they pollute. Join us and ask brands, “What’s in my clothes?” #FashionRevolution

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3. Ethical Fashion Review

From where to buy, what to buy, how to adapt an organic lifestyle as well as offering expert insights, Ethical Fashion Review has it all. The brand also curates styling tips using sustainable clothing and features plenty of sustainable brand recommendations.

4. The Green Hub

Kira Simpson who goes by the username The Green Hub provides an easy-to-navigate feed on how to get on the sustainable living bandwagon. An active influencer of sustainable fashion, she is a promoter of pre-loved clothing and gives excellent tips on zero-waste.

5. Eco Warrior Princess

Eco Warrior Princess is a media company that is a firm advocate of eco-fashion, eco-beauty, conscious business and more. From asking the right questions around sustainability and ethics to spitting hard-hitting facts, the brand offers a rich source of information on everything eco-friendly and socially acceptable.

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FASHION ACTIVISM // Fashion is having to re-think its entire model to be able to have a fighting chance during and after coronavirus. Many ethical fashion advocates hope that a new, fairer, kinder fashion industry will emerge after the crisis, and as consumers, we have the power to help make that happen. Here are a few ways that you can affect the industry during this challenging time. 1. Be even more mindful of whom you support – Many of us are bored in isolation and trying on new outfits can provide a welcome mood boost – but is it even ethical to shop at all during a pandemic? The answer isn’t simple. Even though it may feel frivolous, buying clothes might offer a struggling retailer a lifeline. This is why you’re seeing more brands offer discounts all over your social media feeds. But in a time when brands are called more than ever to make the right decisions to protect their workers, where you spend your money truly matters. Companies whose workers are striking because they are forced to work in unsafe conditions might not be deserving of your cash right now. Also, keep in mind that deliveries are best kept to a minimum to reduce risk for all parties. 2. Support smaller brands who are struggling – When all of this is over, large companies will definitely have taken a hit – but there’s a chance they will be able to recoup after the crisis and be well-equipped to make a slow return to business as usual. The situation could look very different for smaller businesses, who are hit incredibly hard by the pandemic. So if you are in a position to shop, try to support smaller companies, and particularly those who have ethical practices and have minimal environmental impact. 3. Ask brands what their COVID-19 policy is in regards to workers’ rights and safety…. To continue reading the full length article on how you can be a fashion activist during this pandemic and access educational resources, visit ‘Latest Articles’ via #linkinbio. How are you supporting the #ethicalfashion industry in these times? Photo: Elena Rostunova💚#whomadeyourclothes #fashrev

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6. Sustainable Fashion Forum

Sustainable Fashion Forum began with the idea of finding solutions to change the future of fashion. It is an annual conference held in Portland that hosts a community of experts like brands, educators, learners and policy-makers. The conference is known to give thought-provoking insights on the world of fashion and the same is reflected on their Instagram as well.

7. Remake Our World

Intriguing quotes on sustainability, must-know facts and easy tips on how to practice sustainable fashion, Remake Our World is here to really to help you rethink and reshape your life.

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/ 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳, ⁣⁣𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘥𝘰 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘺⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Go ahead, tell your mom / roomie / partner (whoever is nagging) that Remake said it’s ok to skip washing after wearing!⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ WHY? Plastic particles from your clothes go in our water stream! 💦⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ WHAT? All synthetic clothing (🚫: polyester, swimwear, nylon tights)⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Reduce plastic pollution and water consumption, plus save $ on laundry by pausing before washing. ⁣⁣⁣ —————————————————⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ For 19 more sustainable #fashion tips, follow along for a #newyearnewyou tip every day in honor of 2020.

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We hope that these accounts will help you understand the ginormous world of sustainability better. Leave your comments below if you know of any more such accounts!

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