photography by Molly Bamberger
A few days ago I went to a big outdoor mall with my mom and sister and I have never had a more frustrating experience. It seemed as though the clothes in every store we went into were made in Bangladesh and Cambodia and were made of materials that rank low on the MSI. Needless to say I was extremely discouraged. The closest I came to a sustainable store was H&M, which only has a select portion of clothes made with the environment (and not necessarily ethics) in mind — their Conscious Collection. But even then, I needed a dry-fit shirt for hikes at camp and sadly, dry-fit shirts are not a part of the Conscious Collection. I hate that I am largely forced to pick and choose where I shop while stores like H&M are also picking and choosing what to produce sustainably. That is probably the most frustrating feeling of all. I did see my first green bin in an H&M store, however, which was actually quite exciting. I’ve heard about the big clothing recycling collection bins from H&M ad campaigns but did not see one until this weekend. It’s a small step, but it’s a step in the right direction. And like my favorite wall from my Manhattan expedition says, Change Starts Here.
On the contrary to my mall experience, this outfit (minus my shoes) is completely sustainable. I got both my backpack and shirt on Poshmark, these shorts are from Melrose Trading Post (which I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about), my sunglasses are from a vintage store, and I got this neck scarf at a Vintage Twin pop up shop in Nolita. If anything this experience reminded me why I love Poshmark, why thrift shopping and vintage shopping is better and more exciting than shopping in malls (you can get cool neck ties and jorts like me!!!!), and why I started this whole Sustainability & Style thing in the first place.
And on a completely different note, two days ago I reached a huge milestone on T&T — 100,000 all time views. It’s absolutely insane that people have scrolled through T&T that many times, so thank you for looking at my face and reading my ramblings and listening to my tunes. It’s been a crazy past few years.