Zara Just Launched Its First Sustainable Collection

Photos via Zara

#JoinLife is made with eco-friendly textiles

Zara has just announced the launch of its first sustainable collection called #JoinLife, an extension of their fall line. The offering of neutral-toned jackets, dresses, blouses, trousers, and more are made with materials such as organic cotton, recycled wool, and Tencel, meant to reduce the brand’s environmental impact. “The collection embraces a woman who looks into a more sustainable future,” reads the website. 

In addition to the new line, the brand has been making other efforts to be more sustainable. They now ship in boxes made of recycled cardboard, have added clothing donation bins in their stores (with 50 percent of those running eco-efficiently), use 84 percent energy from renewable sources to run their website, and claim that their suppliers respect workers and the environment. 

We applaud the fast fashion retailer for taking part in ethical and sustainable practices, but we also wonder about the degree of impact such practices will have when implemented by a fast fashion retailer; after all, that sector of the fashion industry is responsible for a great deal of fashion's environmental problems.

We certainly hope these efforts will make a difference in the company's environmental footprint; every little bit helps. It's possible that some will accuse Zara's environmentally conscious efforts as being greenwashing in an attempt to erase the recent backlash the brand received for copying independent artists and designers, not to mention the general bad rap that fast fashion retailers have gained over the past decade. 

Nonetheless, we can't deny that this is a positive step in the right direction for Zara, and hope that other fast fashion retailers will follow suit. We dream of the day this becomes the go-to method of production for all fast fashion, rather than just particular collections here and there.

All in all, Zara's new collection is super cute, and we’re always in support of garments made of sustainable fabrics. Click through below to take a closer look at the #JoinLife collection.

Photo via Zara

Zara, Frilled Sleeve Blouse, $99.90, available at Zara; Zara, Gathered Trousers, $99.90, available at Zara.

Lil Nas X, The Regrettes, and more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 10 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Lil Nas X, The Regrettes and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

7 EP - Lil Nas X
It's finally here, and it's everything you'd hope it'd be. Catch that yeehaw Cardi B feature.

"Expensive" - Rence ft. Noah Cyrus
I identify as the expensive love interest, thanks.

The Regrettes - I Dare You [Official Music Video]

"I Dare You" - The Regrettes
How much cuter could they get? We stan.

Kiesza - Sweet Love (Official Music Video)

"Sweet Love" - Kiesza
Haunting and hot. What more could we ask for?

Noël Wells - Sad Girl Blues

"Sad Girl Blues" - Noël Wells
My new anthem, TBH.

"Addicted" - Déyyess
I would let Déyyess sing me the phonebook.

Baby Rose - Mortal (Official Video)

"Mortal" - Baby Rose
A sultry sort of lullaby.

"Keeper" - Olivia Nelson
Already stuck in my head, and that's where I want it to stay.

Poppy - Choke (Official Audio)

"Choke" - Poppy
I can't get enough of this creepy AF beat.

"dead yet" - Gabriel Black ft. Phem
So here for this tender teen angst.


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We identify

You probably know Laura Dreyfuss, aka Loladre, from her stint on Broadway in the hit show Dear Evan Hansen. Since leaving the show, she's started writing lines for herself instead of just memorizing them. She's excited to be singing as herself now, instead of as a character, and is happy that her music reflects her own feelings. She also reveals that she loves how little the songs have in common, saying it's "representative of who I am as a person."

In the video, above, the singer talks about what drove her to make her own music, and what she's still applying from her Broadway days.

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Shot by Charlotte Prager + Gretta Wilson
Edited by Madeline Stedman

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