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The Role of Activism in the Fashion Revolution with Elizabeth Cline

Apr 23, 2021 | The Good Dirt Podcast


Welcome to The Good Dirt, Episode 39!

Our guest this week is Elizabeth Cline, a New York-based author, journalist, and expert on consumer culture, fast fashion, sustainability and labor rights in the apparel industry. She is the author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, which was published in 2012, and which laid the foundation for the modern global ethical and sustainable fashion movement. Her most recent book, The Conscious Closet, published in 2019, describes how consumers can transform the apparel industry and change the world for the better by making more informed decisions about what they wear every day. In this episode, Elizabeth inspires slow fashion enthusiasts to move beyond the response of merely modifying their purchasing decisions, to come together with other individuals in the wider community to impact policy change through social activism. Elizabeth discusses campaigns such as Pay Up Fashion for direct relief for garment workers that have not been paid by American companies during the pandemic, and the Garment Workers Protection Act that will provide minimum wage for garment workers in California. Elizabeth encourages consumers to embrace their civic right in bringing the malpractices and inequities of the fashion industry to light, holding brands accountable for their unethical practices and therefore affecting real change in this broken system.

Listen to our conversation below! 


1:30 – It’s Fashion Revolution week!

10:00 – Elizabeth introduces herself

11:00 – Has there been much change in the last two decades in the fashion industry?

20:00 – Why are corporations not paying their factories?

28:00 – The problems in your own closet

38:00 – The PayUp Campaign

42:00 – What does The Good Dirt mean to you?

50:00 – How Farmers in West Texas inspired Elizabeth



Fashion Revolution

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline

The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth Cline

Lady Farmer Essential Collection

Line and Tow Line at Lady Farmer

Grace Brian

The Twilight of the Ethical Consumer article

PayUp Fashion

SB 62 – The Garment Worker Protection Act

Elizabeth Cline Instagram

PayUp Fashion Instagram

Greenwashing article for Patagonia

Another Tomorrow


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