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Environmentally Self-Conscious

It’s much easier to react to the effects of something than to address an ominous trend, and when it comes to climate change, we’re much more willing to clean up the mess than talk about why it’s happening. This has been proven in recent months after the onslaught of multiple natural disasters worldwide and the...

As it stands, millennial minimalism is not sustainable, so we need to stop pretending that it is. I plan to use the term “millennial minimalism” to loosely refer to the recent shift in consumerism, where millennials in particular, along with Generation Y, have supposedly ceased consuming the same disposable products...

As a child there was no greater shame than the day my jeans had to be mended. But as a tomboyish and active youth I knew that the day would inevitably come. My mother tried multiple methods of consoling me; tempting my acceptance with bright iron-on patches in the shapes of flowers and rainbows. When that didn’t work...

Most people I know are not too concerned with fashion. They tend to disassociate themselves from words such as “trendy” or “fashionista.” Very few students, understandably, spend a large quantity of time and money on their clothing; myself included. The horrible thing about fast fashion is that it touches everyone who...

“Thrifting” To be brief, there is a clearly defined case for buying second hand, especially clothing. I don’t plan on doing an exposition on the fast fashion industry. In short, buying a lot of cheap new things is not good for the environment (nor is it good for us). Clothing, which is usually something we replace often...

Why even bother? As someone who used to be thoroughly unconcerned with environmental issues, I can attest to the fact that it’s exceedingly easy to disregard small choices that concern our environment. It’s become a common trope—the white girl who wants to save the world but smokes weed instead, and stands tall on her...