Consumed: The need for collective change; colonialism, climate change & consumerism
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Essentially these big companies want to come to Kantamanto, take the waste which is polluting neighbourhoods for next to nothing, put it into a blender to melt the materials down into new materials (this is a very simplified definition. The discussion on colonialism was also very disorganized and chaotic purely because it didn't use case studies in a very productive way in my opinion. I do wish there'd been a bit more about what we can do beyond taking a look at our own consumption and writing letters to companies/politicians, but I'm glad to have read it and would definitely recommend! There was a lot here that I feel like I was exposed to in terms of the impact of fast fashion, but this was pretty comprehensive, very well articulated, accessible, and I absolutely loved how Barber kept tying everything back to Colonialism. From an organizational and educational standpoint, I think that Aja can move the Urge/Purge exercises to a Discussion Questions section at the end of the book.
That way, readers can absorb key facts and information more easily, and can refer to whatever primary source she cites. On the bright side, this extended rant has inspired me to seek out other books on consumerism, colonialism, and the climate crisis, and to check out the work of the many activists mentioned throughout.This is a genuinely bad book, and I don’t say that lightly, but for a non fiction title covering such broad and significant topics, this is an awful attempt. I think this makes for a great introductory read when it comes to the need to curtail consumption, particularly the effects of the fashion industry as a human rights and environmental issue. Aja tries to squeeze as many of her thoughts as possible into this book, but this method does not work in her favor. Her commentary about class and how some people may underestimate their wealth made a lot of sense to me.
as someone who’s been plant-based for nearly 6 years for sustainability reasons, i am a strong believer in the combination of individual choices + collective action! It's too bad, considering the damage the fashion industry is doing, the problem deserves better than this. It doesn't necessarily get super deep on all the topics it covers, but I didn't necessarily expect it to. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit. While some books can make someone walk away from a subject, I feel that Barber’s book entices the reader to learn more.In the 'learning' first half of the book, I will expose you to the endemic injustices in our consumer industries and the uncomfortable history of the textile industry; one which brokered slavery, racism and today's wealth inequality. Maybe it would be a great intro to fast fashion/intersectionality/consumerism/capitalism for a teen or someone who was wanting to know more about it in a very accessible way.
colonialism is present in the fashion industry: takes resources away, exploits workers, sends back clothes. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I think this book tried to tackle too much and that may also contribute to it being underwhelming for me - the fashion industry (as a job industry) is a separate discussion from the fashion industry as environmentally destructive. It is a failed opportunity to inform readers about the truth of the fashion world and what we are oblivious to in late-stage capitalism. Nonetheless, a book with subject matter as important and relevant as this has to get at least 3 stars, especially when its coming from somebody like Aja, who has devoted her career to discussing sustainable and ethical fashion choices whilst simultaneously being a voice for the POC whose voices we unfortunately do not hear when they are working too many hours producing shitty clothing for Boohoo.Generally, I think that the discussion became too rudimentary because it bounced around from one country, one case, one time in history to another without outlining where the link was in a very comprehensive way. An accessible, wry and hugely compelling exploration of a culture of exploitation and how, together, we can end it. Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin. Additionally, they explore what happens to garments at the end of their life cycle, often finding their way to places like the Kantamanto market. She is passionate about racial justice and exposing endemic injustices in our consumer and fashion industries.
I was also shocked that Aja cited Wikipedia multiple times in her book, providing definitions of “gender binary” on page 128-129, and “greenwashing” on page 160. i wouldn’t say it was like WOAH mind-blowing if you’ve explored the topic before, but i do think it covers enough ground that there’s something new to take away for even the most seasoned of sunrise movement warriors! The fashion industry has pulled the wool over our eyes but with this book Aja rips it off, finds out who made it, pays them back and then convinces you to join her in holding the industry accountable. No references, blanket statements with a narrative voice that’s like a rant on Instagram, commentary that could have done with editing to avoid repetition all - for me - made it insufferable to read.
The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. In the ‘learning’ first half of the book, she will expose you to the endemic injustices in our consumer industries and the uncomfortable history of the textile industry; one which brokered slavery, racism and today’s wealth inequality. I will say this: the author does a good job at recognising the systematic problems and linkages between fashion and environmental disaster, however her critical abilities never go beyond that (especially in her “solutions” which amount to. Nevertheless, once the reader shakes off preconceived expectations of what the book should be like and just embraces it for what it is, there is great learning to be experienced. Reading this book was like willfully surrendering my head to someone screaming loudly into my ear for a few hours about topics I already knew.