Looking to transition away from fast fashion but not sure where to begin? Seeking practical advice on creating a greener closet?
While some of the answers will be found within the pages of this website (that is, if you can be bothered to trawl through hundreds of my blog posts) there is a much better resource available: 6 Steps to a Sustainable Wardrobe.
This e-book by Summer Edwards gives you all the information you need to start your sustainable fashion journey. It is written in a logical 6-step sequence which is easy to follow and understand (unlike the fragmented bits of advice I offer on this blog lol!) Rather than being completely prescriptive in its advice, it also offers guidelines and suggestions allowing you the freedom to decide how far you want to go in your green travels.
It even comes with a printable workbook so you can jot down your thoughts and helps you process your feelings (and fears) as you make the journey to an eco-friendlier, ethical wardrobe (be prepared to swallow some hard truths about yourself). If I had a reference book like it when I first began my journey, life would have been a hell of a lot easier that’s for sure! It would have saved me a lot of time and hassle.
Lucky for you, Summer has done the research and documented her experience in this well-written, easy to follow book.
What if you're a disciple of sustainable fashion already?
If you're like me and already worshipping at the alter of eco fashion, the book still serves as a wonderful refresher. Case in point: the section on decluttering your wardrobe.
I will say little about the book as I don't want to give too much away, but I will say this: I struggle with decluttering. Not because I am particularly sentimental but because I just have other priorities (organic farm and digital start-up). Whilst I have donated several bags to charity recently, I still haven't gotten around to selling the rest of my unused items (cocktail dresses and clutch bags mostly) on eBay. Slacker I know. Even though I wrote about cleaning out your closet early in the year, I completely fell off my own wagon. Thank you ever so muchly for the timely reminder Summer.
Now praise for the book aside, I’m going to be straight with you (when am I not?): Summer is a friend of mine.
Proud to support my eco sisters
While we have never met in person, Summer Edwards and I have been to-ing and fro-ing over the years on various social media platforms, particularly Twitter and in online ethical fashion groups such as Australian Sustainable Fashion. Summer is actually the founder of leading ethical fashion blog Tortoise & Lady Grey and is renowned for her hands-on approach to fashion (you must check out her DIY tutorials). She also created the 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge which is popular amongst eco fashion newbies. So while ‘hanging out’ in virtual communities and sharing similar philosophies are often precursors to friendship, there are times when it isn’t. In fact, if I am to be brutally honest (which I sometimes get in trouble for), there are other ethical bloggers that I am acquainted with that I would not call 'friends' and usually think twice before I re-share their work. Summer doesn’t fit into that category, obviously!
Anyway if you’re after pragmatic advice rather than ‘eco’ bible bashing, the 6 Steps to a Sustainable Wardrobe e-book (and accompanying workbook) is for you. It will not only transform your wardrobe, it will transform your relationship to stuff. That’s just my two cents anyway. Read it for yourself and let me know what you think!
Psssssst! Before you go, just wanted to let you know that Summer has been generous enough to give Eco Warrior Princess readers 20% off the purchase price of the book (thanks Summer!) To take advantage of this amazing discount, use the code ewp20 (all lower case) at the checkout. For more info or to purchase the e-book click here.
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