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Changing the World, One Mindful Purchase at a Time
by Taryn Hipwell

Many don’t stop to think about what impact their purchase has on themselves, let alone factory workers or the environment. When it comes to fashion, when was the last time you stopped to asked yourself, ‘Who made my clothes?’ or ‘What’s in my tee?’

The fashion industry is considered to be the second largest polluting industry in the world. From the harmful pesticides sprayed on crops to chemical detergents used to wash our garments, fashion’s impact expands farther than just our personal wardrobe. Alas, it’s not all doom-and-gloom. We have the power to make a sustainable impact and by default make the world a cleaner, kinder place. Here are three steps to shop eco-friendly:

Buy Less
Part of the problem with the fashion industry is over production. With 26 billion pounds of textile waste entering U.S. landfills, there’s simply too much clothing cycling through our closets.  Secondhand clothing that doesn’t end up being sold in thrift stores are often exported to third world countries which often burden the local fashion economy. Start thinking about investing in a few quality pieces that will last you a long time!

Buy Better
The bad news is that there are many large companies exploiting their workers and the earth, the good news is that there’s something we can all do about it. All around the world there are growing numbers of sustainable and ethical brands popping up. Brands such as Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, Reformation, and Industry of All Nations are creating exciting alternatives to typical fast-fashion and they also share technologies with shoppers and other designers.


Buy Used
On a budget? Want more eclectic pieces? There has never been a better time to thrift shop! Start by checking out local vintage shops such as Buffalo Exchange or Crossroads Trading for pre-loved threads. Not a fan of thumbing through racks? Online shops like Tradesy or thredUP are awesome resources to shop sustainably from home.

Being a conscious customer means making thoughtful purchases. This can be overwhelming when it goes against everything our consuming-culture has taught us. That’s why Beyond the Label is here to help! On November 2nd, Beyond the Label is hosting their FREE Second Annual Sustainable Fashion Show + Tell! Join us! Amazing brands will be featured, experts will share their wisdom, and new friendships will be made! Come enjoy a new kind of fashion to see speakers, panelists, and top sustainable clothing pieces walk the runway.

The Second Annual Beyond the Label Sustainable Fashion Show + Tell will showcase designers, resale shops, and speakers including…

  • Bead and Reel / Fair Trade LA
  • Industry of All Nations
  • Moo Shoes
  • Tradesy
  • Lisa Mazzotta of RiverBlue
  • Taryn Hipwell 
Join us for the launch of the LABeyondtheLabel.com ecommerce site featuring cute new tees, dresses and jackets, and the BtL Sustainable Fashion Guidebook!
RSVP here for the FREE Second Annual Sustainable Fashion Show + Tell, hosted by Beyond the Label, on November 2nd in Santa Monica.

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TARYN HIPWELL:

Educator. Producer. EcoDiva. 
Founder of LABeyondtheLabel.com
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Los Angeles Business Journal 
– Women Making a Difference Awards Nominee

Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles – Best Public Advocate for Sustainability Finalist eduPOWERED Media Fashions Against Bullying Award & Green Hero Award Winner.

*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood.