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The Conscious Closet


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From journalist, fashionista, and clothing resale expert Elizabeth Cline, "the Michael Pollan of fashion,"* comes the definitive guide to building an ethical, sustainable wardrobe you'll love.

About the Author

Elizabeth L. Cline is a journalist, public speaker, and the author of Overdressed. Cline has written for the LA Times, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, to name a few, and has appeared on TV and radio's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Fresh Air With Terry Gross, and NBC Nightly News, among others. She is an expert on fashion industry waste, runs a clothing resale business, and is currently the Director of Research and Reuse at Wearable Collections, NYC's largest for-profit used clothing collector.


Praise for The Conscious Closet

"The Conscious Closet offers insight on personal sustainability decisions."--Vanity Fair

"The desire to build a sustainable wardrobe doesn't always manifest exactly that. Thankfully, Elizabeth L. Cline is here to help. Her new book explains how to make your closet more ethical, without sacrificing a shred of style."--InStyle.com "Let Elizabeth L. Cline be your guide to shopping better--whether you're a minimalist or a fashionista--in her reassuring, resource-filled book."--Real Simple, Best Books of 2019 "A must-read for all fashion lovers who care about the state of the planet." --Booklist (starred review) "[The Conscious Closet] is a smart, practical successor to Overdressed and a helpful primer on ethical fashion.... A fun, informative guide to sustainable fashion and more mindful shopping."--Shelf Awareness

"[A] thoroughly researched blueprint for making sustainable, humane clothing decisions.... Melding worrisome facts, intuitive tips, and helpful resources, Cline's intelligent work provides plenty of tips for making ethical consumer choices."--Publishers Weekly "An absolute sustainable fashion bible that everyone needs to read." --Isabella David, model and poet "This book needs to be in every home. From it we can learn new behaviors to promote a sustainable life, including instructions for the long lost art of mending. I found this book so helpful!" - Arizona Muse, model and sustainability activist

"I love this book so much. Clear as diamonds, inspiring, and fun. Exactly what the world needs." Kate Sekules, Founder of VisibleMending and author of Mend! The Clothes Revolution Stitch by Stitch Praise for Elizabeth Cline and Overdressed "Cline is the Michael Pollan of fashion...Hysterical levels of sartorial consumption are terrible for the environment, for workers, and even, ironically, for the way we look." --Michelle Goldberg, Newsweek/The Daily Beast "How did Americans end up with closets crammed with flimsy, ridiculously cheap garments? Elizabeth Cline travels the world to trace the rise of fast fashion and its cost in human misery, environmental damage, and common sense." --Katha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation "Overdressed is eye-opening and definitely turns retailing on its head. Cline's insightful book reveals the serious problems facing our industry today. The tremendous values and advantages of domestic production are often ignored in favor of a price point that makes clothing disposable." --Erica Wolf, executive director, Save the Garment Center

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