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Can Your Outfit Change the World?

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  8 reviews
What you choose to wear becomes part of your identity, but it doesn't affect just you. Your clothing sends a message to the world, whether you want it to or not! And often we don't know what that message really is. Can Your Outfit Change the World? looks at how and where clothes are made, how the people who make the clothes are treated and how the companies who sell the cl ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Orca Book Publishers
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Laura (Book Scrounger)
This book begins with the author briefly telling the story of how she made a prom dress out of old math homework. From there she lays out some of the reasons why the fashion industry needs a more ethical makeover -- mainly human rights violations and the steep environmental impacts of "fast fashion."

Subsequent chapters cover some of the neat organizations and individuals who are striving to reduce, reuse, and recycle their fashions, whether buying used or upcycled, recycling fabric, making cloth
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and Orca Book Publishers for the opportunity to read and review Can Your Outfit Change the World? by Erinne Paisley, a book in the PopActivism series full of information on eco-friendly choices in clothing. PopActivism is Activism fused with pop culture. “Buy less, choose well, make it last” -quote by Vivienne Westwood, fashion icon that sums up the content of this book. This book contains a basic education of where our clothes come from and what they are made of, sweatshops, ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This snappy little book with a big message was written by a young person, and the message is timely and good. We all buy too many clothes and most go into landfills, with some fabrics that never degrade or break down. There are a number of alternatives: shopping at stores that sell responsibly made clothing at every stage of the process, buying second hand, altering second hand, etc. So many ideas and places to look online and otherwise. It's a good resource for those who care about the environm ...more
Brooklyn Cribdon (The Wild Library)
I read & evaluated this book for the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable (VCLR)'s 2019 Information Book Award.

First things first, the phrase "Talk about ___!" was used way too often. The photos used may date quickly, and the cover design didn't do much for me. When I read it, some of the music references and pop culture references already felt dated so I just worry that teens in a few years time will lose interest easily.

This being said, the book's design and layout of information was gre
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is geared for teens but I was glad to find this book at the library which has great insights and resources on a topic I am interested in. I love that Paisley acknowledges that trying to be a conscious consumer can be overwhelming and really love the quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu "Do your little bit of good where you are; It's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
I liked "Can your smartphone change the world" better, though this book is still fun and useful too. ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting book. I hope that young people will read it and perhaps change the clothing industry or their clothing consumption habits.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA genre, under 18; anyone wanting a catalogue of ethical clothing retailers
I received this book through LibraryThing, with a request for a candid review:
Billed as a "Pop-activism" book for the 12+ age group, Erinne Paisley's motivation to encourage ethical clothes shopping is admirable. She presents compelling arguments to support the twin philosophies of buying quality articles (rather than 'fast-fashion') so that one can wear clothing until it wears out together with supporting good manufacturing practices. It was great to see sources of ecologically-sustainable clot
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