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Americans send 11 million pounds of fashion waste to landfill every single year. Our studio is looking to lessen that number. This yarn ball used to be a tshirt and a pair of pants. What will it be in its next life? #multitudesstudio #rescuedmaterials #blankcanvas

Just keep working. #multicolor #multitudesstudio

Tuesday blues. #multitudesstudio

For our second #TeachMeTuesday, visit our blog to see brands we are NOT shopping at and the various reasons why. We’d love to know your thoughts, brands you think should be on this list, or if you think brands deserve another shot. Let's learn and discuss! Click the link in bio. ☝🏾#multitudesstudio #sustainablefashion

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This pillow came from dress that I bought, but then realized didn't fit my personal style. I love hand embroideries and special details, so I had a hard time letting it go. Slowly, I'm upcycling bits and pieces of this beautiful Indian-made fabric into my collections.
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I always end up using multiple notebooks for my thoughts and sketches. Does anyone else do this? 😝 #multitudesstudio #tgif

Here's a photo of me trying to explain to my family what kind of business I wanted to start. This was just back in January, and now Multitudes is a part of my reality. Dream it, and do it y'all ✊🏾
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#multitudesstudio #mondaymotivation

There's a color for everyone. #multitudesstudio

Sometimes I wish I could keep all the pieces for my own home. Snag this the big beauty and all other items in our shop for 15% off until Saturday! ⚡️#multitudesstudio #multicolor #multimaterials #rescuedmaterials

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#TeachMeTuesday While I know it’s the hard hitting facts that really catch people’s attention, it isn’t my goal to scare or guilt you into being a conscious shopper. It’s my goal to share information and resources that I’ve come across to make your transition to a conscious wardrobe a little bit easier.
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Today I want to share some easy listening with you on different aspects of sustainability. I have recently started listening to the podcast @consiouschatter. 🎧 The first season was launched in February 2016, and there are now 83 episodes! If you’re new to the idea of sustainable fashion, Conscious Chatter is a great resource because once you begin to peel back the facade of fashion, you realize how big and how important these issues really are.
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Kestrel speaks with a lot of change makers in the industry to offer different perspectives on what we, as consumers, can do to take little steps towards being more environmentally friendly. My favorite episodes so far:
• Ep. 8 - FAIR TRADE ⚖️
• Ep. 14 - GIVING 💸
• Ep. 15 - RENEWAL ♻️
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Give it a listen and let me know what you think! 💭 .
#multitudesstudio #consciouschatter #podcast #tmt #easylistening #sustainability #changemakers #fairtrade #renewal #giving #tuesday

#rescuedmaterials
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This pillow came from dress that I bought, but then realized didn't fit my personal style. I love hand embroideries and special details, so I had a hard time letting it go. Slowly, I'm upcycling bits and pieces of this beautiful Indian-made fabric into my collections.
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#multitudesstudio

For today’s #TeachMeTuesday, I want to share a couple important things with you, so please check back for the rest of the story.
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Over 4 years ago, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Rana Plaza—an eight-story commercial building housing multiple sweatshops—collapsed from structural damage. Before the collapse, there were reports already made about cracks in the building, so the banks and other shops in the Plaza had been closed. The sweatshop workers, however, were forced to work, and some were even physically dragged back into the building. A great number of those workers lost their lives that day. Rana Plaza is considered the deadliest garment factory accidents in history, killing over ONE THOUSAND people and injuring another 2,500. Men and women had to decide what was more important… their life or their hand, their life or their leg. Many children were left without mothers and fathers. Others had to search through rows and rows of dead bodies to find their loved ones.
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This is only one of many sweatshop “accidents” that has happened. In 2012, Tazreen fashion factory in Dhaka caught fire and 117 people died and over 200 injured. In 2015, 72 people died in a factory fire in Manila, Philippines. Sadly, these incidences happen too often, yet they are so PREVENTABLE.
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I can’t help but think, why didn’t I know about this when it happened? Would it have changed my career path? Why didn’t they teach us about this in school? That is all in the past now, but I have made a conscious decision to not contribute to “accidents” like these anymore. I’m done with feeling like I can’t make a difference in situations like these because these men, women and children count on it.
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The year following Rana Plaza was one of the most profitable years in fashion history, making TRILLIONS of dollars. Our dollars supported the industry that caused the collapsed of Rana Plaza. Our decisions cost many people their lives.
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#ranaplaza #sweatshops #fuckfastfashion #dhaka #gogreen #livesustainably #support #fair #local #shopsmall #shopsmart #multitudesstudio #tuesday

For those of you that aren’t super hip to sustainable lingo, GREENWASHING is a marketing strategy used by brands to present themselves as socially and environmentally responsible.
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To put it simply, what they DO as a brand does not back up what they SAY. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to know whether or not we are being greenwasher, especially with all the saturation in the market. Even I hesitate to call Multitudes a sustainable brand because I can’t provide stats like Patagonia or Reformation. But I want to be able to give you as much information I can in my process of upcycling.
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A lot of people ask me if I support H&M and Zara’s eco lines… to be blunt, I don’t. In my opinion, these are the epitome of greenwashing. Until they push their eco lines to be their main lines, I won’t buy them. They are the biggest fashion retailers in the world and they have the power to mold people’s minds around the way fashion should be. They did it once. The SHOULD do it again… and this time in the name of Mother Nature, not money.
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#multitudesstudio #teachmetuesday #TMT #greenwashing #dailyrant #fuckfastfashion #sustainability #livegreen #repair #reuse #recycle #upcycle

During our first round of #TEACHMETUESDAY, we taught you all what “salaula” means. You can check back on our blog if you missed it!
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Sadly it doesn’t stop there. Did you know that there is such a thing as “DONATION CRIMES”?
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In the UK (and likely the US) there are companies that pose as big charities going door-to-door to collect your unwanted items. How convenient that you don’t have to haul all your “junk” to the shop, all the while these scammers really aren’t giving to charity at all. They are stealing your goods to turn a quick profit overseas by skipping the sorting processes that charities usually do.
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WHY IS SORTING SO IMPORTANT? Sorting ensures these men and women receive practical items they can resell for a small profit. So, for example, a nice breathable work shirt would be more valuable than Chanel’s latest tweed jacket.
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When donating, be #CONSCIOUS of where your items are going by getting receipts for your donations, and if someone is coming to pick up, confirm their registration with he charity commission. Support @salvationarmyus @goodwillintl and local charities with traceability.
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#multitudesstudio #TMT #salaulas #donationcrimes #charityshops #thriftstores #salvationarmy #goodwill

CAPSULE 2 is now live in our shop and we are so excited to share it with you! It’s an honor to give new faces to the fashion industry’s “garbage”. ♻️ .
We’re trying a few new things:
☝🏾 I am testing the waters on selling some pillow cases only because shipping can be killer on big items, even if they don’t weight that much. It also gives you the option to choose an insert that you want, whether it be a hypoallergenic insert or a down insert. You’ll also still have the option to buy the case with a pillow for an upcharge.
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✌🏾 I’ve worked out a better pricing structure, so most of our products this time around are more affordable. You can see this in our new pricing graphics. Each item has one so you can understand where your money is going.
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Click the link in bio to check out our shop!✨

Does your wall need a fringe friend? All items in the shop are marked down 30%, which means you could get this guy for $100! . . . . .

#multitudesstudio #multimaterials #multicolor #rescuedmaterials #upcycling #weaving #fiberweaving #fringe #wallhanging #handmade #madeinlosangeles #madeinamerica #wednesday #humpday #silverlake #sale #shopsmall #shopsustainable

It's easy for us to know the trendy colors of each season because we get bombarded with it everywhere we go. #millenialpink duh. For others living around the world, they can tell by the color of the season's river.
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In 2006, the Mao Zhou river in Dongguan, China took on the color of blood. In this instance, an audit was demanded by the people of China and they learned that a large mill was dumping 22,000 tons of dye water, contaminated with compounds that sucked the life out of the river's inhabitants. More than 2.5 MILLION people in this area of China face health risks from drinking this contaminated water. Wall Street Journal exposed Nike, Gap, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, JC Penney, Liz Claiborne, Walmart, and Abercrombie & Fitch for sourcing their fabric from this mill.
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In 2009, the Caledon River, running through South Africa and Lesotho turned a bright indigo color. This was attributed to a Taiwanese factory that produced £500 million-worth of apparel to the western world. The clothing was traced back to the Gap, who quickly responded by canceling their contract with the factory. Where did all those clothes go? We don't know know...
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Siegle, L. (2011). To die for: is fashion wearing out the world? London: Fourth Estate. p. 115 -118

Every year there are YOUNG CHILDREN suffering at the hands of Uzbekistan’s forced child labor cotton industry. “Each September, Uzbek students are told to bring a backpack to school, and are loaded onto buses and driven out to the cotton fields. For the next two months their lives are completely disrupted.”
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These kids are unwillingly separated from their families to do backbreaking work in unhealthy conditions. They are given an unrealistic daily quota and if they return with less, they accrue fines or other forms of punishment like physical abuse. If they rebel, they can be expelled from school, ruining their future. 😔
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🤷🏾‍♀️ You’re probably wondering how something so terrible can go on like this… Well, the answer is that the whole operation, is regulated by the Uzbek government, which profits the most from cotton farming. There are ZERO independent cotton farmers and even the fertilizer input is under government control, much like Monsanto's seed monopoly. .
Many companies, since learning about this mistreatment of children, were quick to sign a pledge, taking a stand against Uzbek cotton. (You can find the most updated list on our blog.) However, Uzbekistan is still the third largest exporter of cotton in the world, which means plenty of companies are still selling you items tied to child labor. Chances are that many other companies that aren’t on this list, aren’t even aware of the issues behind Uzbek cotton.
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What if these were your kids? Are you willing to let children suffer for the sake of a few throw away items in your closet? Do you know #whomadeyourclothes?
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Let's make a pledge today to boycott Uzbek cotton and companies that use it. ✊🏾

If you’re a new follower, welcome to #TeachMeTuesday where we share facts about the fashion industry and give you tips on how to shop more consciously and live sustainably. ♥️🌏
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We try to do TMTs in a cycle, and today, we’re back to the beginning. ♻️ This month we are exposing more faults of the fast fashion industry. Next month we’ll give you some resources like books, articles, documentaries and podcasts on sustainability. After that, we’re serving up solutions for your everyday life so you don’t feel completely helpless on your journey. ✊🏾
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Check back later for today’s epic story on child-labored cotton.
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In the meantime, if you’ve got any questions for us about fashion and sustainability, send them our way!
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Here's a little read to get you in the right mindset for the September #perfectwardrobechallenge! 🍁
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"As consumers, we vote with our wallets and changing our relationship with clothes is the biggest fuck you to an unethical and irresponsible industry that should really be doing better. Wearing clothing that is both socially and ecologically conscious should be everybody's goal. In fact, it should be the bare minimum so sustainable fashion can stop being a buzzword and be the norm."
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Artwork by @superfeministgirl
The full article is shared on the blog now, so click the link in bio to read more 📚

During the month of September, Multitudes will be partnering with @the.living.person to bring you the PERFECT WARDROBE CHALLENGE!
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The rules of this 30-day challenge are simple:
1. Narrow your wardrobe to 35 items or less.
2. Hide the rest of your clothes!
3. No adding or swapping items.
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Follow us over the next couple days to see what items I'll be narrowing down to, and how I plan to mix and match! To watch the full video and get more details, click the link in bio. 🔗
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If you sign up today, I'll email you a discount code for your next Multitudes' purchase! (Perfect timing since I'll be rolling out a few new items soon. 😉)

For our last #BRANDCRUSH of the month, we’re talking about @fameandpartners 😎
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Have you ever heard of Fame & Partners’ Anti-Fast Fashion Shop?! If not, you need to head to their website right now and check it out! They are bringing the atelier right to your doorstep. You can customize features of your item from the neckline, to length, to the color! How cool is that? 💃🏾
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Once your item is ordered, one of their team members briefs an artisan seamstress on your product’s specifications. They ship the item right to you in a couple weeks! Through their made-to-order strategy, they PREVENT waste by eliminating excess stock and by utilizing less resources needed for warehouse storage.
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ON TOP OF ALLL THAT… They donate portions of their proceeds to organizations that support and empower women all around the globe like UN Women, Akilah, and Plan International.
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Let’s take their #antifastfashion pledge and support this lady-led company! 🙌🏾
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I can't believe it's already the end of August 😮 The end of the year is always busy, but it's also SO exciting! ✨
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Starting with September, Multitudes is partnering with @the.living.person to bring you THE PERFECT WARDROBE CHALLENGE. I'll share more info later 👕👖
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For October, I'm serving up more fashion facts with lots of #TMTs, including podcasts, books, and brands you should be aware of.
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And so much more for the rest of the year 🎉 Swipe through to check out what ahead for the rest of the Multitudes' year!

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