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Exploring sustainable shopping in Alamance County
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Sustainable fashion has made its way into stores in recent years. This sort of fashion can consist of clothing made with environmentally friendly materials such as organic cotton,  repurposed materials and any other sort of clothing made to last long. Fortunately for Elon University, there are some local businesses offering sustainable options. 

Elon U Thrift

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Elon U Thrift is a consignment shop founded by junior Jakob Reuter and senior Grace Granger. The shop originally started as a class assignment in 2020 for their ENT 2500 course, Creativity & The Doer/Maker Mindset. After the class ended, the two chose to continue with the project.

Elon U Thrift is a consignment shop founded by junior Jakob Reuter and senior Grace Granger. The shop originally  started as a class assignment in 2020 for their ENT 2500 course, Creativity & The Doer/Maker Mindset. After the class ended, the

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How to shop sustainable fashion that’s affordable in 2022
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High neck sweatshirt, £120, The Pangaia; Organic cotton shirt, £85, With Nothing Underneath; High waist jeans, £29.99, Lindex; Pink checked dress, £165, Kitri Studio; Pine green top, £48, Baukjen; Veja trainers, £115, Office

Firstly, when I’m after a particular thing, I’ll exhaust my vintage options before plumping for brand new. As luck would have it, vintage cuts (oversized blazers, boxy shirts with quirky collars, and high-waisted tapered trousers) are what I’d be shopping for anyway, so going straight to the source is good sense. My favourite e-haunts are Retold Vintage, Nanin and ASOS Marketplace, which stocks a host of independent vintage labels.

Supporting brands which operate with a “slow fashion approach” is a great option, too: to minimise waste, this printed dress (pictured) by British label Kitri is made to order. It’s also worth noting that high street brands will have to

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Sustainable alternatives to fall fashion trends
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The fashion industry has had a significant impact on our environment, but more and more people are opting for online shopping. Many of these sites also promote fast fashion. 

Fast fashion is the phenomenon of producing clothes for the rapid influx of trends through quick production at declining costs within the fashion industry, leading to waste. At the same time, we as consumers have become increasingly aware of our carbon footprint. 

However, when you want to invest in new clothing items, there are many brands that implement ethical practices and use recycled, natural materials. Here are some examples of sustainable alternatives to the season’s hottest trends, allowing you to simultaneously feel good and do good.

Puffer jackets 

These cozy coats are here to stay. Made with 100% recycled post-consumer plastic water bottles, the cropped puffer from Girlfriend Collective can keep you warm going into the winter months.

Lounge sets 

Looking

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Tanjuria Willis discusses fast fashion’s environmental impact ahead of first annual Sustainable Fashion Week
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“Fast fashion” has been filling landfills globally for years, but only recently has the term and its connotations begun to enter Americans’ vocabulary.  According to CBS News MoneyWatch, the apparel and footwear industries together account for more than 8% of global climate impact — more than airline flights and maritime shipping trips combined. Tanjuria Willis is the owner of eKlozet Luxury Consignment and creator of Sustainable Fashion Week Atlanta, whose first annual celebration begins this week. She joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes via Zoom to introduce the new 3-day event series that will bring yearly attention to the crucial issue of fashion’s impact on the environment with fun, flair, and sustainable style. 

Interview highlights:

On the hidden cost of “fast fashion”:

“Fast fashion was invented about 20 years ago or so … Your places like Zara, and H&M, and Forever 21 are all considered fast fashion brands, and

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A Shop For Sustainable Fashion
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Photo: Courtesy of Madeline Ritaccio

It is notoriously difficult to be sustainable in the fashion industry, and as entrepreneur Madeline Ritaccio attempted to make ethical decisions in her fashion choices, she became increasingly disillusioned. Brands claiming to be environmentally forward were not, and shopping fast fashion was almost unavoidable. In 2019, she decided to take matters into her own hands, launching her own shop, SENSE of SHELF. The online re-seller highlights eco-friendly, BIPOC, and size-inclusive brands. But, rather than merchandising a label based on their company mission, SENSE of SHELF evaluates each product individually– in order to create the most transparent shopping experience possible. Ritaccio hopes for her site to provide a platform for brands that are inclusive, equitable and engaged. She nicknames her customers “Bold Babes” because SENSE of SHELF believes that deciding to shop conscientiously is “pretty fucking punk rock.” The Cut spoke to Ritaccio about the ethical

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10 best fashion rental services for a more sustainable shopping experience
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Rental services are the perfect place to find a special occasion outfit (The Independent)

Rental services are the perfect place to find a special occasion outfit (The Independent)

From the affordability of clothing to #ootd culture and the expectation that we must have a new outfit for every occasion, our rapacious shopping habits are having an undeniable impact on the planet. Britons throw away a whopping £140m worth of wearable clothes each year and demand for raw materials is expected to triple by 2050, according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). But that’s not all – the textile industry is said to be the second-largest polluters, responsible for 92 million tonnes of waste annually.

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have reconsidered our approach to fashion and style, with a stronger focus on more sustainable practices. Whether this is the case for you, or you’re simply looking for a more eco-friendly approach to your wardrobe, allow

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