Book- Forget what you knew about clothes. Elizabeth L. Cline’s The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good is an important read for the socially, environmentally and economically-conscious and those aspiring to be. Moved to change my retail-consumption ways, I sought out this book thinking it would help me revamp my wardrobe. I grossly underestimated the author’s breadth of knowledge. My clothes were made in China (these days Bangladesh, Thailand or Vietnam). This didn’t mean much, so I cared even less, because they were cheap and came from that online warehouse or Target. Fabric? Unless it was wool or cashmere, meh. Microplastics in clothing and laundry? What’s to think about? Lots, it turns out.
I realize how embarrassingly uninformed I was about my clothing and the people in faraway places making them, least of all how my ignorance that perpetuated a cycle of wasted (literal watts of) energy, money, and environmental pollution. Cline’s extensive research and statistical data on the garment industry, labor practices and carbon emissions do not overwhelm, or obscure the book’s readability. Quite the contrary, they bolster her credibility.
We are not lectured to, or made feel bad out our previous wayward ways. Cline equips readers with information, such as fashion-conscious companies who source materials ethically and uphold the Support Living Wages pledge. This book will change your perspective on practices you thought were simply ordinary, such as doing your laundry.