Importance of Sustainable Fashion, According to an Expert

It’s not new news that choosing sustainable fashion over fast fashion is a smart choice for the environment. But have you ever wondered what else you can do to lessen your shopping impact?

On the latest episode of Need to Know, actress and activist Sophia Bush sat down with writer Alden Wicker, and they shared actionable tips that make shopping sustainably a little more approachable.

But first, a reality check: “It’s responsible for anywhere between five and eight percent of global carbon emissions,” says Wicker of fashion’s environmental effects. “It’s also estimated to be responsible for four percent of global waste […] Fashion has a huge effect on the climate as well. Most of our fashion is still made in countries that are still running completely on coal.”

There is one simple step you can do right away, however. “Returns are so unsustainable,” Wicker says. “Doing this

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Suspect in deadly LA shooting rampage shot, killed by police

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police fatally shot a man early Tuesday suspected of going on a violent rampage in the city’s downtown, shooting several people — killing two of them, including a newlywed — seemingly at random before leading police on an hours-long chase that ended in a standoff on a freeway overpass.

The suspect, only described as a man in his late 40s or early 50s, was pronounced dead on the overpass in Orange County, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

“This appears to be random acts of violence,” police Lt. Raul Jovel told reporters in Fullerton, where the man was shot. “We have no idea what precipitated this.”

The man had been driving a white Jeep Cherokee and refused pleas from police and a family member to surrender, authorities said. Shots were fired at police during the standoff, and one officer returned fire, killing the

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Reckoning with my online shopping guilt

A couple years ago, plagued by the creeping guilt I felt ordering package after package online, knowing deep down that half the haul would be sent right back, off to the mysterious abyss that is the returns warehouse, I made a vow to cut down on online shopping.

Then, I had a baby. In the blur of new motherhood, I was too exhausted to schlep to the store and lug diapers and wipes up the stairs to my apartment. I watched brown boxes stack up in my building’s lobby and tried to ignore the pit growing in my stomach, vague ideas of cardboard waste and shipping emissions swirling in my mind.

When the pandemic hit, shopping in person was not only less convenient, but a bona fide health threat. More brown boxes. More creeping guilt.

I’m not alone — e-commerce sales skyrocketed at the beginning of the

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5 Trends From the 2021 New York Bridal Fashion Week

The wedding industry was hit hard in the pandemic, but the second virtual New York Bridal Fashion Week, which took place from April 6 to 8, offered new collections, fresh trends and exciting brand launches. In addition to the several new designers to watch, highlights included Prabal Gurung debuting his first bridal collection with versatile, inclusive styles and Vera Wang signing a 10-year deal with Pronovias for Vera Wang Bride.

Much like October’s fashion week, brides are continuing to explore new ways of celebrating their special day, with fashions to complement. Across the fall 2021 and spring 2022 seasons, as seen on The Bridal Council x Pullquest’s digital platform and the CFDA’s Runway360, six prominent trends emerged. “Garden Party” was a popular theme, offering relaxed, floral fashions fit for intimate, outdoor gatherings. Meanwhile, oversize bows, “Bridgerton”-esque gowns and voluminous, fantastical frocks offered dreamy, feel-good optimism.

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