Episode 7 – The Strawberry Dress and Vegan Leather

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This episode marks our first foray into the world of fashion and its relationship with the Earth. We talk about the Tiktok-famous strawberry dress, how clothing consumption has changed in the age of social media, and the odd ways artificial leather has been marketed over the years.

At the top we talked about starting a garden in Austin, this hilarious video from Climate Town on carbon offsets and corporate responsibility (our favorite subject) as well as their An Inconvenient Talk Show with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. More climate comedians please!!!

Story #1: The Strawberry Dress (Elise)


Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017, A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future
Business Insider, October 21 2019, The fashion industry emits more carbon than international flights and maritime shipping combined
Huffpost, February 7 2019, How Instagram Influencers Fuel Our Destructive Addiction To Fast Fashion
Fashion Revolution, 2018, Style In The Age of Instagram and Fast Fashion
Insider, August 17 2020, This is how the strawberry dress became TikTok’s hottest summer item, inspiring knock-offs and controversy along the way
New York Times, August 18 2020, The Strawberry Dress That Ate TikTok
Vogue, August 12 2020, How Did This Dress Get So Popular in a Pandemic?

Story #2: Vegan Leather (Olivia)
Vintage ad via EveryVeryThing.com


Sewport, Faux Leather Fabric
Eluxe (for alternatives), February 23 2020, 5 Truly Eco Friendly Vegan Leathers 
Naugahyde history  and sustainability document 
Shane Reiner-Roth for Every Very Thing, June 28 2016, The Great Impostor: Mythologizing Clean Labor, Practical Ethics, and Adorable Authenticity
Hagley Museum, Fabrikoid – A Game Changer
Jeffrey Meikle for the 1995 Journal of the Decorative Arts Society, Presenting a New material: From Imitation to Innovation with Fabrikoid
Kate Sheppard for Mother Jones, January 24 2011, Is Fake Leather Really More Eco-Friendly Than Real 

At the end we talked about our personal philosophies on leather – real vs. fake, prioritizing buying secondhand, and taking care of your shoes in particular. We mentioned a few brands we’ve purchased real leather from (Olivia’s bag from Era81 is vegetable tanned, full grain cow leather from a reputable tannery // Nisolo shoes), but encourage buying secondhand when possible and researching brands when you buy new (that goes for anything, really).

The Dump

We’re into spooooooky season choices, including The Haunting of Bly Manor and how everything we’ve been watching deals with nonlinear timelines, which feels very appropriate for our time.

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This week we’re looking at inventions gone horribly wrong. Olivia tells the story of the “one-man climate disaster,” aka the wildly successful 20th-century inventor Thomas Midgley Jr., whose creations caused widespread lead-induced madness and the near destruction of the ozone layer. Thanks to a bit of showmanship and barely any regulations, his inventions ended up in everyday vehicles and homes for decades after his untimely death. Then, Elise digs into “forever chemicals” in period underwear, the little-known class-action lawsuit against Thinx underwear, and how to advocate for safer products. Other topics include ethical inventing, the lead-crime hypothesis, and what we’re listening to. Donate to abortion funds!  National Network of Abortion Funds Lilith Fund Yellow Hammer Fund Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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