As if keeping up the latest in fashion isn’t overwhelming enough, now you need to consider if your fashion habits are ruining the planet. A conversation is stirring in the fashion industry about environmentally conscious fashion practices. In short, women in particular are assessing if their shopping habits are contributing to landfills, and if so, perhaps some change is in order. What are the costs of being fashion forward? What eco-friendly shopping habits would make a difference? How does consumerism affect us as neighbors and stewards of this planet?

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss all this and more after finding an article from The Guardian with research on the typical life cycle of women’s clothing—the average piece of clothing is worn just seven times between being discarded—and ways that we can change our habits for the good of all. Perhaps the mantra reduce-reuse-recycle, would be a helpful approach to our clothing needs. In changing our perspective toward fashion trends and style, we can instead become earth-friendly fashionistas that see beyond the outside to the deeper, eternal components of another person’s soul. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: What percentage of your closet consists of secondhand items?

Links from the show:

Stella McCartney: ‘Only 1% of clothing is recycled. What are we doing?’, The Guardian

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