The Library Study Hall: A Resource for Responsible Consumers & Makers

 
The Library Study Hall Conference

The Library Study Hall Conference

 

Where do you turn for facts and data on responsible fashion? As a consumer that wants to be informed, it can be hard to distinguish between truth and mere trending topics.

But The Library is a resource we can get behind.

The Library “is dedicated to improving ‘sustainability literacy’ in fashion by using a wholistic, human centered approach, [they] bridge science, human rights, technology, fashion & culture to develop products, resources, and certifications for industry and consumers alike.”

It is “A Sustainable Literacy initiative focussed on Education, Policy & Innovation aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”

Céline Semaan, a refugee who also coined the term #fashionactivism, founded The Library and The Slow Factory. She is apart of @mitdirectorsfellows and dedicates her efforts to approach fashion industry issues through technology and human rights.

The most recent event is The Library Study Hall which featured panels of other notable brands such as Everybody.World, GStar-Raw, and Eileen Fisher.

The Library Study Hall Schedule at Ace Hotel.

The Library Study Hall Schedule at Ace Hotel.

Products

The Library released a six-piece collection made from sustainable materials— 19% recycled plastic bottles, 81% American grown cotton. The pieces were all fairly classic silhouettes, including items like a jumpsuit, mini-skirt, and Little Black Dress.

Resources

The Library hosts a conference called Study Hall in collaboration with MIT Media Lab. It focuses on discussion about sustainability, technology, and human rights.

They also provide research and recommendations on podcasts, sustainable textiles, and apparel durability. For quick facts and tips, The Library’s Instagram profile, @thelibrary_eco, is a great place to start.

Certifications

The Library offers the Sustainable Standard, an “open standard for the industry, manufacturing and supply chain that is good for the people and good for the earth.”

Visit thelibrary.eco for more information.