I’ve been trying to step up my fashion game lately. Case in point: My 2018 New Year’s resolution was to buy more pants that scare me, which is why I’m now the proud owner of a pair of Scandinavian (??) wool bell bottoms.

But buying these fresh threads comes at a price, and I’m not just talking dollars and cents. The average American throws away 81 pounds of clothing every year. And it takes around 1,800 gallons of water to make a pair of blue jeans! That’s a lot scarier than walking around in wool pants.

The high price of fast fashion is one of the reasons why I’ve been shopping at places like Reformation, Everlane, and Seattle’s myriad thrift stores. Good quality clothing for a lower carbon footprint? That’s an offer this eco-minded chick can’t refuse!

The way I see it, though, buying a pair of sustainably made pants just doesn’t cut it, especially considering the scale of the global crisis we’re in. That’s why I’m emailing you today (See? There’s a point to all of this).

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Zoya Teirstein

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