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Resilience Thinking - Applying a New Lens to Sustainability

Upon being offered the opportunity to submit a book review to the Journal of Environmental Investing, we immediately thought of ‘Resilience Thinking’, a formative book on sustainability principles. It outlines a comprehensive approach to sustainable ecosystem management to include social systems, business enterprises, and social-ecological systems. In an era where resources are stretched to capacity, a new paradigm of creation and consumption is key in reshaping a more “resilient” world. An increasing population coupled with an insatiable demand and disappearing resources, compels us to re-evaluate current consumption patterns and re-imagine production systems. The ethos of Global Shokunin is steeped in the fundamentals of resiliency. We support and promote low-carbon slow production methods to create small-batch artisanal goods that are biodegradable and can be perpetually recycled...

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The Grace Institute - Empowering Women on the Path to Self-Sufficiency

Tanisha Williams shares her experience working with the Grace Institute. Read in her own words why she thinks its important to support the work of the Grace Institute by attending the "Shop To Empower", an affiliate event of the 2017 Climate Change Week. Event being hosted on 7th September by Global Shokunin at the Talbots Flagship store on Madison Avenue. Click Here for details and free registration.

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Has the "Eco-Friendly" Rayon Babmooze...led You Astray?

  Bamboo is one of a handful of eco-friendly fabrics that include organic cotton, hemp, and tencel which have sustainable characteristics, whether grown organically with little to no chemicals are used in its production, produced in a closed loop system or created from recycled materials. The early stages of processing bamboo into a fiber are typically considered sustainable - from producing the fast-growing bamboo plants, with one species of bamboo that can grow 3 feet in a single day to harvesting. Bamboo has many amazing qualities that have made it an attractive resource for the textile industry.  Because of its natural rapid growth characteristics bamboo does not require fertilizers or insecticides for its production and also does not require as...

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"I Am What I Wear”

There is fierce competition amongst fashion companies to capture the consumer’s attention and bring more visibility to their respective brands in an abyss of ubiquitous products. Collectively, the top 200 advertisers in the United States spent a record $137.8 billion on advertising in 2014, up 2% year on year, according to Ad Age's annual "200 Leading National Advertisers" report. In such a competitive environment, companies are endlessly attempting to capture consumer loyalty by increasing the perceived value of their respective brands, convincing the customer that their products are unique, differentiated, and superior to the competition. Fashion designer Ryohei Kawanishi’s art installation, at the Fashion after Fashion exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, tested this hypothesis....

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Rayon Rayon Everywhere, Especially in the Sea!

What was the last piece of clothing or home-furnishing you purchased? Do you recall looking at the label inside to see what it was made from?  Was it natural fibers cotton, silk, linen or wool or some other man-made fiber? Over the last several decades the fashion industry has influenced consumer buying behavior towards adopting a disposable clothing strategy.  As fashion retailers have been faced with changing market dynamics, such as the emergence of fast - fashion retailers, responding to a rapidly growing number of digitally savvy consumers that can place orders from a variety of devices, driven by the development of 21st century technology. To meet the demand from “want it yesterday” consumers and increased competition for low priced...

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