Beyond plastic

America's plastic problem has gotten way out of hand.

Most of us diligently recycle, take reusable bags with us when we shop, and look for new ways to stop using so much single use plastic “stuff”. Our individual actions are necessary, but won’t be enough. The good news is that the momentum to move beyond plastic is growing. More states, communities and businesses are getting rid of plastic bags, foam containers and other plastic “stuff” we can live without. 

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In 2015, Americans landfilled or incinerated over 50 million tons of compostable waste. That is enough to fill a line of fully-loaded 18-wheelers, stretching from New York City to Los Angeles ten times.

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Increasing compost can quickly and efficiently decrease methane emissions in landfills and restore soil health.

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Today, I can see that sustainable fashion holds immense power. It's a transformative force that holds the key to transitioning towards a regenerative world, where social, environmental, and climate justice are not just aspirations but reality. Claudia Castanheira, Socioenvironmental Communicator, Writer, and Independent Researcher for Fashion Revolution Brazil & Belgium
Sustainable fashion for me is non-negotiable respect for the planet we call home and all those who live there. I want to be a sustainable fashion designer because I believe it is possible. I believe in innovative minds and collaboration across the global community to help reframe how we create, relate, and retire products. To me, the journey towards sustainable fashion involves a deeper transformation beyond fashion but also that of humanity. Frances Brunner, Kentucky, Fashion Design student at Kent State University, Finalist of the Redress Design Award 2023
Students are often unable to access affordable, easily accessible, and sustainable fashion choices — this is unacceptable! Students shouldn’t be forced to choose between housing, hunger, or adequate clothing that is good for our environment. Alex Aghdaei, Student at the University of Oregon
My philosophy is straightforward: we must recalibrate our perception of clothing costs. Quality garments, ethically made, should be the norm, not the exception. This means buying less but choosing well, embracing secondhand fashion, repairing existing clothes, and supporting innovative brands. Katya Moorman, Co-founder and Editor of No Kill Magazine, Professor of graduate communication design at Pratt Institute
Right now the [fashion] industry does not seem to reflect the world we live in, and doesn't create space for diverse people to tell their own stories. Ultimately, I envision a fashion industry that prioritizes diverse people and the planet while fostering creativity and beauty. Samata Pattinson, CEO of BLACK PEARL, California

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Voices for Sustainable Fashion

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Voices for Sustainable Fashion

This collection showcases the stories of people who are committed to making the fashion industry better for people and for the environment.

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Faye
Park

Faye
Park

Executive Vice President; President, PIRG

Susan
Rakov

Susan
Rakov

Managing Director, Frontier Group; Senior Vice President, The Public Interest Network

Mark
Morgenstein
Mark Morgenstein

Mark
Morgenstein

Director of Media Relations, The Public Interest Network