If the fashion industry were a country, it would rank third for carbon emissions after China and the US. Crazy, huh?

I reached out to Global Impact Producer, Kristin Cecchi, intrigued by her recent screening of Fashion Reimagined. I knew a bit about about Amy Powney, the British designer who started sustainable fashion company, Mother of Pearl, and her journey around the world to create it.

But what did I really know about sustainability? Not much. Like organic, it seemed to me to be an overused, often politicized term. After watching the film and talking to Kristin, I was shocked by what I learned and inspired by what more and more people and companies are doing to reduce damage to our planet, to people and to animals. And how easy it is for each of us to make a difference.

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Kristin explains it so passionately in her introduction to the film: 

“Fast fashion is killing us and our planet. By 2050, the ocean will hold more plastic than fish and it’s not coming from your water bottle—it’s coming from the plastic microfibers in our clothing.

Bringing Fashion Reimagined from London to DC has ignited a conversation that many of us didn’t even know how to have before seeing this important film.

For some, sustainability has become a four-letter word—it represents a lofty set of confusing and unattainable standards leaving those of us who are not doing it perfectly to fear being shamed.

To me, the sustainable fashion movement is about being curious about the entire life cycle of your clothing—not just when you purchase. It’s not about preaching or perfection but about unplugging from a fast fashion mindset and putting your new knowledge to practice.

My closet is a mixed bag and will continue to be, but I am sustainably curious. I see the complexities but also actionable ways—big and small—that I can start making a difference.

Fashion Reimagined shows us that sustainability can happen in Microshifts like wearing the same clothing more frequently, shopping second hand, repairing what clothing we own, borrowing and renting more, properly recycling old clothing with a company like Trashie, and falling in love and supporting sustainable brands like @motherofpearl, @AnotherTomorrow, and @fordays.

I invite you to learn more about the FABRIC and FASHION Acts. If you have not seen the film Fashion Reimagined by my talented friend and director Becky Hutner, it’s available on streaming. I promise you will never look at your closet the same way.”

Incidentally, the beautiful blue suit that Kristin is wearing in the cover photo is by the sustainable brand, Another Tomorrow.