Motivation Monday: Fashionably Sustainable

Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s already the last week of August, this summer really has flown by. This past weekend was comprised of a lot of catch up consisting of errands, doing things around the house and an 8-hour training for Pilates (which I absolutely LOVED).

My Friday post didn’t quite make it out on time so I am saving it for another week. Sometimes that’s just how it goes, right?

One of the items on my to-do list this weekend was to get a pedicure…I know it’s pretty terrible but someone’s gotta do it 😉

While I was sitting down for what felt like the first time on Sunday at my appointment I was able to scan through a magazine I had been meaning to get to all summer. The content was fascinating and peaked my interest, which in turn inspired me to write about it a little on here.

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Boating on the Atlantic Ocean in Rhode Island, one of my favorite sites to see when I’m there

The subject of the entire issue was carbon foot-printing, specifically in the fashion industry. I will link to some of the articles below in case you want to delve deeper into the subject.

Marie Claire Sustainable Fashion Issue

The gist of the message they were trying to send with the issue was how impactful the industry is on our environment and it is something we can no longer ignore or shy away from.

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Trying to capture nature’s canvas in this photo from our recent Greece trip, natural and spectacular

Activists such as Al Gore, Leondardo DiCaprio, and Emma Watson have used their platforms to bring awareness to the masses and repute what others are trying to negate. Climate change is real, it is a scientific fact although it’s an ugly one, it’s one we need to pay attention to.

Designers are taking a look at what they can do and how they can re-create their brands around greener business practices and contributing to causes that will make our planet a place our children will be proud to live in and protect when it’s their turn.

One of the standout stories for me was a clothing line called Reformation based out of LA. The idea being to create high-end retail made from re-purposed clothing and fabrics. The concept caught on with tremendous popularity and is being worn by big names such as Taylor Swift and Emilia Clarke.

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Photo credit: Reformation website at thereformation.com

Adrienne Grenier is another passionate activist hoping to make a change. What further cemented his cause was during a swim in the ocean where he was entangled in a birthday balloon. Something we use to celebrate and symbolize life can easily destroy and disrupt life in the ocean.

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Walking the coastline on our honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas Mexico, I could get lost in these waves

He mentioned a poignant thing in his interview for the magazine and paraphrasing here, he stated we are all in this together and need partners to keep us accountable and help to drive the cause. We can’t do this alone.

What this issue ignited in me was the realization that it is not a single act we can make to see a difference in the destruction of our planet, but multiple ways we can support the fight for a cleaner and healthier world.

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A special trip to Tahoe with friends, both the view and company we will never forget

Things such as living toxic-free as much as possible, recycling, supporting organizations that fight for smaller carbon footprints, conserving water, using re-usable bottles containers and even drinking straws all add up to make a dent in the work ahead.

The fight doesn’t have to be long and lonely, it can be steadfast and impactful if we are all in it together.

What are your thoughts on the topic of climate change and the condition we are currently leaving our planet? I’m so interested to hear!

I will be starting to implement even more changes in my day-to-day life and the list will hopefully grow as I become more aware of how I can do my part. Have a great week ahead and maybe even use a recycled bag or two 😉

Love,

Megan

 

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