Circularity and Vitalism in fashion

A new book is out by one of the lab’s collaborators: Vistas of Vitality.

Over the years, the limits of current discourse on sustainable fashion has been a recurring theme in the lab. To discuss circularity under a paradigm of growth does not seem to reduce the impact of an increasing push and pace of consumption. Neither does it address the lack of meaning and agency in how we consume and interact with garments. So far, the solutions, such as asceticism, hit the needy more than those who have power and status. When it is not moralizing the aspirations of the poor, sustainable fashion seems stuck in a paradox.

One approach discussed across the lab has been to put emphasis on how nature handles growth and learn from living systems. Part of this discussion Otto von Busch put together in a short book “Vistas of Vitality” – it can be downloaded from SelfPassage (and ordered here).