Three eco fashion experts explain how one of the most wasteful industries in the world can take the steps necessary for change and a sustainable future.

A cheap top and its connection to a stranger's well-being; Jasmin, Marci, and Sass consider the business and ethical case for sustainable practices.


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Guest Bios

Jasmin Malik Chua

Jasmin Malik Chua is a 15-year veteran of the publishing industry. Jasmin is currently the managing editor of Ecouterre after a stint at TreeHugger writing about sustainable fashion and beauty.

In addition to stories published in online and print publications like Alive, Inhabitat, Plenty, The Huffington Post, and Sprig, Jasmin has been quoted as a green expert by such publications and outlets as The New York Times, BBC Radio, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and People. Jasmin was previously a copy editor for Computer Shopper and PRINT. (She still reads style guides for fun.)

Follow Jasmin on Twitter @jasminchua.


Marci Zaroff

Marci Zaroff has a degree from the Haas Business School of the University of California, Berkeley. A vegetarian since childhood, Marci co-founded a thriving health & environmental educational center in 1990 called”Gulliver’s Living & Learning Center”, with an AVEDA spa, national magazine (”Macrocosm”) and organic cafe (”Lilliput”). It is known today as the world’s largest nutrition school: “The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.”

In 1996, she launched the brand Under the Canopy, coined and trademarked the Term “ECOfashion®”, and pioneered the market for organic & sustainable textiles. In addition, she is Executive Producer on the upcoming documentary “Thread.”


Sass Brown

Sass Brown is Acting Assistant Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Originally from London, England, Sass established herself as a designer with her own signature collection, selling in the UK and across Canada. As a researcher, writer, blogger, and educator, her area of expertise is eco fashion—in all of its various expressions—from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, reuse, and new business models.

She has published papers, spoken and taught, as well as advised women’s cooperatives, educational institutions, governmental agencies, NGO’s, SME’s and the creative industries on the topic of sustainable design. Brown communicates and promotes the best in eco fashion design, through a multitude of media, most notably her books—Eco Fashion and ReFashioned—her website Eco Fashion Talk, and her journalism.

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