The Blog: Public Knowledge

  • How Resilience Inspired the Most Inclusive Sustainable Sweater on the Market

    Sophia Li, former Vogue editor, slow-fashion activist, journalist, and sustainable online influencer shares the story behind her new sustainable Minneapolis sweater powered by Public Habit.
  • Cashmere Care—5 Musts for More Wears

    Did you know your cashmere can last up to thirty years? The right care is so important to keeping your garments fresh and ready to wear while promoting a happier planets. Here's what you need to know.
  • Why made in China? 4 things you probably didn't know about the garment industry.

    Why do we manufacture our slow fashion in China? We're glad you asked! In this blog our Co-founder, Sydney Badger, helps us navigate the facts, fiction, and some serious stigmas when it comes to made-in-China products.
  • Stop the spread, and the waste—4 sustainable mask brands we love

    Throw-away masks and gloves are adding more plastic pollution. But, if there's anything we learned from Fashion Week, it's that masks aren't just s...
  • We’re only wearing 20% of our wardrobes—here’s the art and science behind the #30wears challenge

    One campaign that stood out to us was the 2016 #30wears campaign, started by Livia Firth (yes, that's Colin Firth's wife) with now over 84,000 posts on Instagram. The 30 wears campaign encourages participants to pledge to wear one item 30 times over the next three months. It is about ending the culture of buying a cheap outfit and only wearing it once.
  • Quotes that Will Get You Excited About the Future of Fashion

    Fashion Week has never been more disrupted. In the wake of a global pandemic and extreme climate-change fallout, you may find yourself taking pause and asking what the future of fashion even looks like? (If you have, you aren’t alone.)
  • The World is Changing – Are you leading or following?

    While times are wild and uncertain right now, the global shakeup also creates space to assess if what once was even fits our true values and purpose, and to put our society back together in a way that serves not just a few, but all of us. 
  • Impact of Coronavirus on Supply Chain & Factory Workers

    In the US, we are confronted with the overwhelming impact COVID-19 is having close to home: millions losing their jobs, entire industries at risk of dying as demand drops for all non-essential items, and a fashion retail industry - still heavily weighted to brick & mortar sales - that will emerge fundamentally changed. The lesser known reality is the impact the pandemic is having on global supply chains and factory workers.
  • Ambika Singh, CEO and Boss Lady of Armoire Style, on how to run a smart business through a global pandemic and why we should all get out of our PJs every day.

    We are always learning and looking for inspiration on how we can be better and do better as small business owners. One source of inspiration from the beginning of Public Habit has been the team leader at Armoire, a Seattle-based clothing rental service that enables women (strictly referred to as Boss Ladies inside the Armoire workplace) to rent contemporary clothing and swap anytime with a monthly subscription.
  • A Deliberate Path to a Career in Sustainable Fashion with Jancy Quinn

    Jancy Quinn has spent the last 5 years crafting her own career path as a consultant for small and large retail brands and companies on how to implement more sustainable strategies. 8 years ago, a viewing of the documentary, True Cost, about the inner-workings of the fashion industry and its disastrous impact on societies and the environment, changed her course forever.
  • Zero-waste living, what it is and how to start

    Zero-waste living is about reducing the overall amount of waste that’s making it to our landfills every day, a consciousness of what we are consuming and how we are discarding it. While the term “zero-waste” seems, admittedly, unachievable, the term is more about what we are striving for than a hard-set goal. It’s the desire to move closer towards zero than in the opposite direction (which is what the annual trends continue to show).
  • Why we need to slow down fashion

    Slow fashion is about designing, producing, consuming and living better. Slow fashion is not time-based but quality-based (which has some time components). Slow is not the opposite of fast but a different approach in which designers, buyers, retailers and consumers are more aware of the impacts of products on workers, communities and ecosystems.