14 October 2018

Social Change by Adopting Six Steps to a Sustainable Wardrobe

| Nina Gbor
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Summer Edwards

Summer Edwards is the friend you need for sustainable fashion tips. Photos: Supplied.

Most of us associate activism with protests and large noisy rallies, door-to-door knocking or petition stalls at the local shops, or the quieter ‘slacktivism’ of the online petition. But for writer and author Summer Edwards, activism expresses itself in a writing career dedicated to teaching and inspiring social change. Summer is the founder of two social change websites – one on sustainable fashion and lifestyle, and the other on feminism at work. A systems thinker at heart, Summer’s writing focuses on showing us how each and every one has a small amount of power within a large system, and with our small power, we can start to create ripples of change.

When it comes to sustainability, Summer teaches her readers to slowly untangle themselves from wasteful consumerism, and move towards embracing a love of beauty, style and quality fashion that lasts and makes the wearer feel look and feel great. She has been writing on her blog tortoise & lady grey for five years, where she is known for her in-depth journalistic writing on textiles and sustainability, helping readers to cut through the greenwash that has crept into the sustainable fashion market as increasing numbers of brands try to compete for the eco-conscious consumer dollar. The quality of her research is evident; tortoise & lady grey is regularly featured in “Top 10 or Top 20 Sustainable Fashion and Lifestyle blogs” lists globally.

This month, Summer launched her first book – 6 Steps to a Sustainable Wardrobe – on Amazon, where it quickly climbed to one of the highest ranked books under the ‘sustainable fashion’ topic. What makes Summer’s book unique in this space is that it doesn’t focus on the problems, or even spend a lot of time discussing the sustainable fashion industry. What she does focus on is the tangible and practical steps we all need to take to buy less, choose well and take care of the garments that we do choose to wear. As a long -time yoga practitioner, Summer has grown very interested in processes of gentle habit change. Her book 6 Steps to a Sustainable Wardrobe is the only step-by-step guide that supports readers to make a transition to a more sustainable wardrobe by slowly and gently changing their habits.

One of the early readers of 6 Steps to a Sustainable Wardrobe said in their review of the book: “I was inspired by this book to think about, and make changes to, my wardrobe and my relationship to my clothes. The tone is friendly and clear, the structure makes it easy to dip into and the steps aren’t at all intimidating. Some books are too preachy, and others very militant – this book is like a kind friend over a glass of wine gently nudging you to be a better consumer. An important topic and a useful guide.” Surely we could all use a kind, friendly voice to nudge us to be better in what and how we consume.

If you are looking for tangible ways to lower your impact on the environment and ensure that your wardrobe does not involve slavery, forced labour or human rights violations, you will find Summer’s book and her blog, worthwhile reads.

Book: 6 Steps to a Sustainable Wardrobe
Blog: www.tortoiseandladygrey.com
Instagram: @tortoiseandladygrey
Facebook: @tortoiseandladygrey
Twitter: @tortoiseandlady

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