We're back with our Q+A series, catching up with San Diego based longtime #LACAUSAgirl Makenzie Lowe.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm Makenzie and I am the Founder of a sustainably focused event called The Good Loop. The Good Loop is an eco-minded clothing swap that promotes sustainability and giving back to our homeless community in need. When I'm not planning TGL events, I work for an environmental and human rights focused non-profit in San Diego and spend my free time at the beach, shooting film or playing with my puppy Scout.
How would you describe your personal style in 3 words?
Cozy, vintage inspired, coastal.
Why is sustainability important to you?
Nature has been my biggest teacher and healer in life. When I am in the ocean, I feel the most connected to this planet and my place in it. It feels impossible to interact with nature so intimately and not advocate to protect her. I once read that every time we make a purchase, we are casting a vote for the world we want to live in. And now more than ever, with our current climate crisis reaching new highs, it feels critical to me as a consumer to make sure I am casting my vote in favor of the planet. Additionally, in college I studied international business theory and learned in depth about the dangers garment works face when wages and hazardous conditions are not considered. I believe sustainable production goes hand in hand with ethical production. The awful truth is that the most vulnerable people in the world, the ones who contribute the least to the climate crisis, are often the first to be affected by it. I want to make sure I’m making choices that advocate to protect our planet and its most vulnerable people.
How do you navigate loving both fashion and sustainability?
Fashion is such a fun form of self expression. With secondhand clothing apps like Depop, clothing swaps, thrift stores and companies like LACAUSA producing thoughtfully made products, I don’t find that I have to compromise my desire for sustainable living with my love for fashion. There are so many amazing resources out there that allow you to wear what makes you feel good while not being at the expense of the planet.
Tell us more about the Good Loop- what inspired you to start it? Things you've learned along the way?
The Good Loop is a passion project I started in 2019. It was born from the idea of wanting to make sustainable fashion accessible to everyone by making the price point free. The Good Loop is a community wide clothing swap where all excess items of clothing and shoes are donated to our local houseless neighbors in need.
I grew up swapping clothes with friends and family and realized with a little effort and support from loved ones, I could bring this concept to my community to encourage an affordable way for everyone to enjoy earth friendly fashion. Think raiding your BFFs closet, but also for the greater good of this planet. The ultimate goal is to close the clothing production loop and prevent items from going from rack to landfill while also giving back to those in need in our own community. It’s amazing to see the community come together to rejoice in the joy of sustainable fashion, connect, make new friends all while giving back.
What are a few ways you incorporate sustainability into your daily life?
During quarantine I purchased a root beer colored vintage bike from the 1960’s and have been trying to bike more and drive less! I’ve also swapped driving for lots of walking thanks to our puppy Scout! We also have started composting for the first time which is actually very fun and easy!