For all you book worms out there - here are some of our favourite books to fill your shelves with!
Safia Minney. “Slave to Fashion.” 2017
This book is filled with interviews of the people caught in slavery, making the clothes sold on our high streets, in Europe and the developing world. Contrasting the harsh reality with the positive potential of fashion, this book provides tools and resources for radical change! Safia really is a national treasure of ethical fashion.
Naomi Klein. “No Logo.” 1999
All Naomi’s books are central in understanding the impact of consumerism in our lives and world, but as No Logo reaches it’s 20th anniversary, it has really stood the test of time. Focussing on the controlling impact of corporations and advertisements on consumer lives whilst naming and shaming big brands, such as Nike and Gap, in their exploitative practices, No Logo definitely isn’t for the faint hearted.
Elisabeth Cline. “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.” 2012
Cline tracks how the fashion industry has rapidly shifted in to one of unprecedented low prices, high consumption and excessive waste. This book answers the questions: What are we doing with all these clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, even our souls?
Elizabeth Anne Moore & Lady Comic Collectives. “Threadbare: Clothes, Sex and Trafficking” 2016
Using innovative comics to narrate the stark realities linking clothing to human trafficking, Threadbare packs a punch. Filled with facts and beautiful illustrations, this book is a must-own.
Tansy Hoskins. “Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion.” 2014
Hoskin’s book explores consumerism, class and advertising to reveal the fashion industry’s interests which benefit from exploitation. We recently listed Tansy as one of our ethical fashion game-changers!
Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen. “Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes.” 2011
A practical approach perfect for students, lecturers or ethical-fashion keenos on how to employ sustainable practices all the way from design to disposal.
Annie Leonard “The Story Of Stuff.” 2010
After the success of Annie Leonard’s film sensation 'The Story of Stuff', viewed over 6 million times, her book tells the story of all the 'stuff' we use every day - where our bottled water, mobile phones and jeans come from, how they're made and where they really go when we throw them away. Highlighting our out-of-control consumption habits that are killing our planet and our health, Annie offers hope.