Influencers, tell us how we can make a positive impact within fashion, and beyond.
Global warming is one of the most challenging problems that humanity has ever faced. The increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and its oceans is believed to be permanent. Over the past 100 years, the Earth’s temperature has risen between 0.4 and 0.8 °C. The leading causes are the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, favoured by all the emissions associated with the industrial activity, like vehicles transportation, burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
The world of sustainable fashion is a broad one, and can be almost overwhelming to understand fully. There are the brands creating collections using solely eco-friendly materials, whether organic textiles or sustainably produced alternatives. Others are employing and educating, not exploiting, local artisans to create beautiful, Earth-friendly pieces.
#1 Stay Informed
Be in touch with activists, climate change bloggers, or any other online platform that shares information about what’s going on in the world. Be well informed is what helps you in everyday conversations. People always want to talk about the most recent developments in politics, sports, scandals, etc. You can come out with more informed and creative content simply by browsing few sources once a day. It also shapes the way you see things that are constantly changing around you. It is important to stay up-to-date on this world, after all, you are living in it, and influencing a community as well.
That’s why is important to have at least some basic knowledge, learning about the past and present can guide you on your career path, political beliefs, and discovery of new subjects.
#2 The power of Sharing
Make your voices heard! Brands are increasingly interested in what their “consumer base” thinks/wants/demands. Use your voice. Demand better from brands you either love or buy because they are affordable. Since you want to engage other people on how important is this social issue because most people cannot “take it seriously”, choose wisely what to post and who to represent.
These environmental changes haven’t received a scientific consensus and the politics associated whit global warming seem not working to control this massive event. That’s why we need activists, experts, influencers and everyday people fighting for change; we need action. In this way, governments will probably listen and finally operate to fight for accountability from major fossil fuel companies.
#3 Sustainable Fashion – Say no to plastic
Say no to plastic—and this means polyester too! Single-use plastic is pretty much everywhere, be mindful of takeout/home delivery and groceries covered in plastics. The movement goes far beyond fashion, and into beauty too. Avoid glitter and sequins if possible. If you can, use bio glitter instead of the commercial kind. There are changes brewing within the fashion industry: Ethical and sustainable brands are popping up left and right while existing ones are starting to shift toward a more mindful existence. Innovative textiles are being introduced, such an eco-friendly and animal-free leathers derived from fruits. The very first Vegan Fashion Week took place, where numerous sustainable, ethical, and cruelty-free brands were given the spotlight before Fashion Month kicked off Stateside.
We are still on time, but we must act quickly.
Learn more about Maya Penn, who is a 19-year-old eco-designer since the age of eight. She’s also an artist, animator, filmmaker, author, global activist, CEO of sustainable fashion brand Maya’s Ideas, founder of nonprofit Maya’s Ideas 4 The Planet, and creator of an animated series about nature conservation.