054 / Dirty Money, Water Innovation & Why Rent The Runway Might Be The Future Of Fashion

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Recently I asked what you were loving — and not quite loving — about the Reconsidered newsletter. Here are some of the things you like:

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And here are a few things you want to see:

  • More interviews with people in the field (we took a brief hiatus on our “3 Questions” series but we're bringing it back soon)

  • More ideas on taking action, both in and outside your work

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the life-changing magic of a closet full of clothing rentals  😍

the life-changing magic of a closet full of clothing rentals 😍

This Week's 5 Links

🦄 Rent the Runway Joins the Unicorn ClubForbes

Meet the latest tech start-up to reach a $1 billion valuation — Rent the Runway. Not only does RTR’s latest investment round add a female CEO to the traditionally all-boys “unicorn club”, it’s also good news for circular apparel models, underscoring a larger trend toward rental and resale in the fashion industry. Such models have the opportunity to upend fast fashion — with its mountains of textile waste and challenges with charity-shop donations — and RTR’s rise is a strong proof point demonstrating that consumers (and investors) are hungry for it. (4 minutes)

👉 For your next wedding — or just because — why not try renting an outfit instead of buying new clothes? This referral link will get you $30 off your first RTR order.

💧 Tackling the Water Crisis Will Be Just As Hard As It SoundsFast Company

Awesome. But before you scroll past that god-awful headline, hear us out. In honor of World Water Day last Friday, this article highlights three of the world’s biggest water challenges — but also serves up some solutions from the ImagineH2O startup accelerator, which aims to solve water challenges around the globe. Innovations include Aquacycle, which has a new approach to wastewater treatment that it’s piloting at the Joshua Tree Brewery, and Wellntell, which has figured out a better way to track groundwater levels. Let’s all be glad these folks are turning their anxiety into action. (8 minutes)

💻 Kickstarter’s Employees Are Forming a UnionBusiness Insider

Last week, employees at crowdfunding company Kickstarter announced they would be forming a union called Kickstarter United. If the union is recognized, Kickstarter would be the first major tech company to have union representation. Not only does this continue a larger trend (see: Google walkout, Amazon open letter, Microsoft petition), it also demonstrates that companies need to more actively consider their employees as major stakeholders when it comes to social responsibility. Just hours after Kickstarter employees declared their union, co-founder and CEO Perry Chen stepped down. (4 minutes)

💊 The Family That Profited From the Opioid CrisisThe New York Times’ The Daily Podcast

In recent weeks, cultural institutions like the Guggenheim and the Tate have cut ties with one of their biggest philanthropic donors — the Sackler family of Purdue Pharma, which has been heavily implicated in the opioid epidemic. This podcast dives into the saga, exploring how a little-known family helped propel a drug crisis that kills hundreds each day. It also touches on the implications for philanthropy. In the past, it didn’t matter where philanthropists got their money; they were simply celebrated for donating it. Now, institutions are needing to become more critical. (28 minutes)

🔮 2019 Future of Sustainability ReportThe Futures Centre

For many in sustainability, 2020 was viewed as a key milestone opportunity. But now that it’s almost upon us (how?!?!) it’s time to look forward to the next decade. In its latest report, Forum for the Future’s Futures Centre outlines the key areas that will define and shape our world in the 2020s — things like climate-induced migration, changing consumerism in Asia, and biodiversity loss. Plus, we love its nifty interactive format. (33 minutes)

MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // How Fancy Water Bottles Became a 21st Century Status Symbol — The Atlantic. Read up on more trends in our archive.

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A study out of Princeton (my alma mater, go Tigers! ) suggests that pride is a stronger motivator for environmental decision-making than other emotions, like guilt. Learn more in our free playbook, which lays out why we think behavior change is the unlock CSR practitioners have been waiting for. Download it here 👉

Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken — CSR/Sustainability Champion (Singapore)

Arabella Advisors — Program Associate (Washington, DC) *if interested, reach out to Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com*

Burton Snowboards — Sustainability Analyst (Burlington, Vermont)

Common Objective — Marketing & Communications Intern (internship) (London)

Dalberg — Analyst (New York, San Francisco, or Washington, DC)

Dentsu Aegis Network — Social Impact Coordinator (London)

Oke USA/Equal Exchange — Supply Chain Coordinator (West Bridgewater, Massachusetts)

PVH Corp. — Corporate Responsibility Coordinator, Programs & Operations (New York City)

The Good Lab — Project Officer (Hong Kong)

Tri-Sector Associates — Impact Investing Associate (Singapore)

Unilever — Social Impact Program Coordinator, Supply Chain (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)

Zipline — Business Development, Global Partnerships (San Francisco)


Elevate Destinations — Associate Director, Social Impact Journeys (Boston, Massachusetts)

Fairphone — Product Manager (Amsterdam)

FoodCorps — Business Applications Manager (Portland, Oregon)

Gildan — Advisor, CSR Communications (Montreal, Canada)

IDEO.org — Design Strategy Lead (San Francisco)

Inspire Brands — Foundation Marketing & Communications Manager (Atlanta, Georgia)

International Flavors & Fragrances — Sustainability Sourcing Manager (Union Beach, New Jersey)

JLL — Sustainability Consultant (London)

JUST Capital — Wages & Workers Sector Analyst (New York City)

MSLGROUP/Salterbaxter — Senior Consultant (New York City)

New Relic — Program Manager, CSR (Portland, Oregon)

Organic Cotton Accelerator — Program Officer (Amsterdam)

PagerDuty — Program Manager, Global Social Impact (San Francisco)

PwC — Investment Community Engagement Manager (London)

Theo Chocolate — Brand Manager (Seattle)

The Nature Conservancy — New York Climate Mitigation Director (Albany, New York)

Virgin — Sustainability Manager (London)

Weber Shandwick — Manager, Social Impact (New York)

VF Corp. — Manager, Sustainable Products Data (Denver, Colorado)

Zalora — Regional Sustainability Manager (Singapore)


Clinton Foundation — Director, Clinton Climate Initiative, Island Energy Program (New York City)

Co-Impact — Director, Programs (New York City)

Comcast — Director, Technology & Analytics, Community Impact (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Delta Air Lines — Managing Director, Global Environment, Sustainability, & Compliance (Atlanta, Georgia)

Hasbro — Director of Engineering Sustainability (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)

NIKE — Director, Social & Community Impact (Beaverton, Oregon)

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change — Head of Prosperity and Sustainability (London)

United Nations Foundation — Senior Director, Sustainable Development (New York City)

Our jobs board is curated by Danielle L. Vermeer. Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to submit a listing for consideration.

recent obsession: drone pics. reminds me what we're fighting for.

recent obsession: drone pics. reminds me what we're fighting for.