Four books worth making time for.
In this day and age we are bombarded on a daily, sometimes hourly basis with things and ways in which we could be doing better: better ways to save the planet, better ways to eat, better ways to give back. With this constant tirade of often conflicting messages, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, powerless, and incapable of making any real impact.
We have pulled out four of our favourite books we believe will help ease your eco-anxiety and help you feel more empowered and informed on real life issues.
Sundressed : Natural Fibres and the Future of Fashion
By Lucianne Tonti
Why beautiful clothes in natural fibres are the answer to fashion’s climate crisis
In this superbly written book, fashion insider Lucianne Tonti looks beyond sustainable fashion to a future remade by natural fibres. An exploratory dive into the art and industry of clothing and an ode to the possibilities in nature, Sundressed is an accessible, engaging and optimistic challenge to designers, farmers and business to think bigger.
365 Days Of Sustainability
By Lisa Messenger
We love Lisa Messenger and her “Nothing’s Impossible” attitude. She’s an inspiration and prolific in her writing, this one’s a good one for simple ways of living more sustainably.
The 365 Days of Sustainability book is filled to the brim with actionable ways, tips, and advice to help us all make a collective difference in our beautiful world every day of the year.
To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out The World?
By Lucy Siegle
Penned by The Observer’s ‘Ethical Living’ columnist Lucy Siegle, this book poses the question—is green the new black? Siegle exposes just how harmful the world of fast fashion really is to the environment. Deep diving on the carbon footprint cheap fabrics leave behind, and our need as a consumer to have it “now”, the book will make you question your spending habits now, and beyond. The upside? Siegle believes that it’s possible to be an ′ethical fashionista′—yep you can look great without it costing the environment, by being aware of how and where (and by whom) clothing is manufactured. This read will drive you to make real changes and we love that.
By Aja Barber
No this is not a light read, it really is an ‘inconvenient truth’ but as we say, better to be informed and make educated decisions when it comes to how we live our lives. The less you buy into the consumer culture the more power you have.
Consumed will teach you how to be a citizen not a consumer!
Aja Barber wants change.
In the 'learning' first half of the book, she will expose you to the endemic injustices in our consumer industries and the uncomfortable history of the textile industry; one which brokered slavery, racism and today's wealth inequality. And how these oppressive systems have bled into the fashion industry and it's lack of diversity and equality. She will also reveal how we spend our money and whose pockets it goes into and whose it doesn't (clue: the people who do the actual work) and will tell her story of how she came to learn the truth.
In the second 'unlearning' half of the book, she will help you to understand the uncomfortable truth behind why you consume the way you do. She asks you to confront the sense of lack you have, the feeling that you are never quite enough and the reasons why you fill the aching void with consumption rather than compassion. And she makes you challenge this power disparity, and take back ownership of it.
Purchase the books below.
Sundressed: Natural Fibres and The Future of Fashon - Lucianne Tonti
365 Days of sustainability - Lisa Messenger
To Die For, Is Fashion Wearing Out The World?- Lucy Siegle
Consumed - Aja Barber