With another change in fashion seasons, comes the potential for, “Half a million tonnes of microfibers
into the ocean every year, equivalent to more than 50 billion plastic bottles,” according to EcoWatch
The latest fashions, “Leave a devastating planetary impact
,” EcoWatch reports. The purchase of this seasons must haves could affect the more than just your wallet.
The fashion industry has tried to make strides in this impact in one way by producing sustainable clothing, ecocult
, writes about, “THE 16 MOST AFFORDABLE PLACES TO BUY SUSTAINABLE, ECO-FRIENDLY, AND ETHICAL FASHION.”
When searching sustainable fashion, google trends
show Dutch fashion as being at the top. I have attended the former Mercedes Benz New York Fashion week as well as Los Angeles Fashion week and strive to attend fashion weeks in Paris and London as well as Portugal, but never thought of Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week
We are all living in a globalized world which has its perks and benefits, but we also need to recognize what this world wide approach to manufacturing and transport does to the environment even if it is just the shirt on our backs that are contributing to our carbon footprint.
Most people nowadays know how to navigate themselves to the correct recycling bin when finished with their beverage or snack from the vending machine. But what about when purchasing a tee shirt, socks or even flip flops, from such a machine, where are the apparel recycling bins
in the line up?
The latest trend in fast fashion, a term coined because of the high volume of low prices clothing that comes in and out of store, in what seems like a blink of an eye, is the apparel vending machines. Who What Wear
, highlights some of the pioneers of this new way of selling with companies such as Uniqlo and Havanans cashing in on this trend. Followed by the extra money pocketed by, “Cutting the middle man may be a savvy route to cost-cutting,” describes the Independent
Hopefully the consumers are also recycling these items instead of contributing to the 81 pounds
of clothing many people in the United States throw away ever year. There are recycling bins
for every product you can pretty much think up, sometimes all lined up together like little soldiers. But there has yet to be an apparel one amongst the rest. Those bins are usually outside second hand stores and scattered around random street corners. Why are they left alone all by themselves instead of being among the gang of recycle bins for glass, paper, plastic?
Originally posted October 30, 2017
The NSLS established it’s chapter at the University of Maine this Fall 2017 semester. This honor society is the largest in the United States and prides itself on "Building Leaders Who Make a Better World,"
Branson, is the owner of Virgin Group
, a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognized and respected brands which was conceived in 1970.
In the speaker broadcast
Branson, talks about being, ”Someone that creates something that makes something positive for someone's lives.” As a successful entrepreneur he has now been able to tackle problems of the world and give back to society.
Some of his inspirational quotes from the speaker broadcast were:
-"Achieve something that has never been achieved before"
-"Just get on and do it"
-"Start in a small way and get some traction" when having a idea that had not been done before.
-"Keep the top company owned by you and your family"
-“Making positive difference in people's lifes"
-“Market your product if you have something interesting to talk about. Try to get in the paper, get the word out for free rather then paying for advertising.”
-And that he, “Learned tons from starting something outside of the walls of the academic society.”
-"Just do it, if you have a goal in life, just go for it." "Bolder and braver and not take no for an answer"
-“Find the gap in the market and something that frustrates you and do it yourself.”
-And the one that stuck out the most to me, "Make a difference in the world,” Sir Richard Branson
No matter where you are in life, if you have money or not, there is alway something big or small that one can do to make the world a better place.
Originally posted October 22, 2017
First sight makes a lasting impression. Nonverbal communication makes up 93%
of everyday communication, according to Albert Mehrabian. How people size up one another when first meeting, what one chooses as their outfit for the day tells the world who they are. According to the Changing Minds organization
, "A simple rule is 'Dress to impress', which means what you should wear can vary greatly with your audience."
Just think about it like walking around looking at yourself in the mirror all day. The mirror image is what the world sees of you and unfortunately human nature does judge a book by its cover. If this is the way of the world why not step out into it with your best [foot] outfit to show they world who you are? Take pride in your uniqueness and let you're clothing be your calling card to the world of how you want people to see you.
The tee shirts people wear and what is printed on them tell a story about just like a billboard does. In a Complex Magazine
article, Jon Moy breaks down tee shirts into 26 different categories. Moy describes category, “#20 athletictecht - Personally, I don’t know you if you wear super technical T-shirts like this. Under Armour? What the fuck?” As well as category, “#21 colleget You are a character in a romantic comedy who has reluctantly returned to their home town after years of living in New York City,” which I can truly relate to at this point in my life.
Preserve History on a students tee shirt this morning tells me that he is interested in history from not even speaking to him. The fraternity someone's in the band that they like, where they've traveled and what their favorite sports team is. All of these tee shirt billboards tell a story about a person without even knowing them, so make sure you choose the correct one.
Originally posted October 10, 2017
Any form of media in today's digital world relies on the latest in technology. Does digital take away from the soul of this consumption?
Take for example, listening to music on a record versus your iPhone. For me even if it is a contemporary album like Bruno Mars, I feel nostalgic by listening to the lyrics on vinyl vs digital formatted and somewhat more connected to the “feeling” of the music.
Listening and reconnecting in the digital world.”
In a New Yorker
article Krukowski describes, “The analog world of the sixties and early seventies, were this hypervisual culture.” At a lecture to UMaine journalism students, he describes today's world as a "hyperoral culture." The New Yorker article goes on Krukowski used concepts from “Ways of Seeing
” a tv series on BBC in the seventies for his “Ways of Hearing
" podcasts on Radiotopia.
What does this mean for visual mediums such as fashion, photography and even art? Fashion institutions such as Vogue have embraced this form of media and the article from BIGIDAY
entitled, “Inside Vogue’s New York Fashion Week digital wrap party,” described the shift in content from print to digital.
This content was accomplished by, “the editorial team designing the feature as digital-first, trading all still photos for full-screen looping video clips. As a result, the videos gave readers a peek into the photoshoot party, demonstrated how the designer clothing moves, and packed a range of poses and facial expressions into one overarching shot,” showing that analog can coexist in a digital world.