7 Best Sustainable Fashion Books: (Un)Learn & Get Inspired

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7 Best Sustainable Fashion Books: (Un)Learn & Get Inspired

Looking to learn more about ethical clothing? We’ve compiled a list of the best sustainable fashion books to help you find the right next read for you.

Psst: if you keep one as a coffee table book or right on display, it can also be an excellent conversation starter!  

1. Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism - Aja Barber

Consumed book on sustainable fashion

One of our favourite ethical fashion bloggers and activists, Aja talks a lot about intersectionality.

And that’s exactly the focus of this fashion sustainability book: how the fast fashion industry has been profiting from a system rooted in slavery, racism, and wealth inequality, from garment factories to corporate offices.

Best sustainable fashion book to: understand the bigger picture and look at the textile industry from an intersectional point of view 

2. The Conscious Closet - Elizabeth Cline

The conscious closet book

This book will help you ditch fast fashion and its unsustainable consumerism. 

Written by a journalist and clothing resale expert, it’s a practical guide on creating and maintaining a sustainable wardrobe.

It also covers wider topics (like the Fashion Revolution) that’ll help you put it all in context.

Best sustainable fashion book to: make a practical change to your wardrobe, step by step

3. Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics - Safia Minney

Book on sustainable fashion and slow fashion

Safia is the founder of People Tree, the ethical clothing pioneer, and she has written some of the best books about sustainable fashion.

In this one (full of colourful photos and illustrations), she especially encourages you to be part of the change.

How? By shining a light on small and bigger trailblazers, from designers to brands and eco-concept stores.

Best sustainable fashion book to: get inspired and showcase on your coffee table 

4. Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes - Dana Thomas

Fashionopolis book cover

To really understand the importance of a sustainable approach to fashion, it’s helpful to start by learning about… its evil cousin.

This book will open your eyes to the horrors and high cost behind cheap fast fashion clothes.

It’ll also inspire you by telling you more about the designers, activists, and brands fighting for change.

Best sustainable fashion book to: understand the impact of fast fashion

5. The Sustainable Fashion Handbook - Sandy Black

The sustainable fashion handbook

Well, it’s in the name! Divided into digestible articles and chapters, this stylish fashion sustainability book offers you a comprehensive overview of this industry and mindset.

It’s full of interesting essays and input from designers and leading personalities in the fashion and sustainability industry.

Best sustainable fashion book to: learn while making a statement

6. Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change - Kate Fletcher & Linda Grose 

Book on ethical fashion and sustainability

As well as being an eco-conscious consumer, are you considering a career in fashion? Perhaps you have (or are working towards) your own brand?

This is probably the best sustainable fashion book for designers and people inside this industry!

It talks about bringing positive changes throughout the garment’s lifecycle, transforming the actual fashion system radically, and looking at the role of designers in a different light.

Best sustainable fashion book to: make an ethical impact as a designer or brand

7. To Die for: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? - Lucy Siegle 

To die for book cover

Based on extensive research and fieldwork, this book shows you what’s actually hiding behind cheap clothes, like modern slavery conditions, environmental degradation, and a lack of animal rights.

Still, it also includes helpful advice to start making a difference.

Best sustainable fashion book to: dive into a more philosophical analysis 

Enjoyed this? Help your friends take the right first step by sharing our list of sustainable fashion books on your socials! You can also find other sustainable fashion resources, from podcasts to blogs and more.

And start receiving our tips and inspiration to make even more ethical fashion choices.

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