In this episode, she joins Amber and Erica Whitney McGuire, attorney, fashion law expert, consultant, strategist, and co-founder of Sustainable Brooklyn. We discuss how some of our favorite fast fashion brands are wreaking environmental havoc by breeding waste, exploiting marginal workers, exposing employees to hazardous conditions, and depleting natural resources. This phenomenon is part of the vicious cycle of racial capitalism that enables poverty and creates dependence on cheap goods that ultimately causes long-term harm to us all. We also explore the ways in which bleaching has largely been done against environmental racism and for sustainability, erasing the pioneering contributions of black activists and organizers. Listen to hear and learn about this important topic!
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Whitney McGuire. water. (she/her/hers) is a mother, a New York licensed attorney, legal, strategy and strategy advisor, and co-founder of Sustainable Brooklyn, an organization disrupting sustainability bleaching in order to embody equity in the sustainability movement. Whitney is a leading fashion law firm and a fierce advocate for sustainability first and the communities most affected by environmental and social degradation due to the climate crisis. Whitney began studying fashion law in 2011, eventually becoming president of Fashion Law Week, an annual series of student-run events dedicated to educating the public about legal issues affecting the fashion industry. In law school, Whitney presented research for the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act (HR 2511), and joined the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy at the Law School where she drafted an article highlighting the human toll of fast fashion before Rana Plaza. Tragedy. In 2013, after graduating from Catholic University of America – Columbus College of Law, Whitney opened her own law firm to support the sustainability of marginalized artists. Whitney completed federal internships in 2017 and joined The Fashion Law Group as a contract attorney and, eventually, as a consultant before going out to start consulting and advising artists and art organizations on mixed legal, commercial, sustainability and equity issues. Whitney has held positions in lobbyists, the US federal judiciary, various for-profit and not-for-profit fashion-oriented firms, and in law firms. In addition to her work as a mother, attorney, and sustainability strategist, Whitney is an active member of the community. She has held positions on the board of directors of the Las Vegas Fashion Council, the Las Vegas County Arts Council, and the Board of Directors of the Women’s Prison Association. Whitney received her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature and African Studies from George Washington University.