Eco-conscious panel discussion on sustainable fashion on World Environment Day.

Eco-conscious panel discussion on sustainable fashion on World Environment Day.

Church of Scientology helping to promote sustainable living on World Environment Day.

On June 5, in observation of World Environment Day, The Way to Happiness Association and the Church of Scientology Nashville held a Sustainable Living Conference with the purpose of combatting pollution and educating others about sustainable fashion.

“The fashion industry is the world’s second-largest polluter, after oil,” declared fashion and beauty journalist Marilisa Racco. The Ellen McArthur Foundation recently discovered that “a garbage truck of textiles is wasted every second.” The Copenhagen Fashion Summit similarly reported that because of fashion, 92 million tons of solid waste is dumped in landfills annually. The fashion industry is actually “the second biggest consumer of water, while generating more greenhouse gas emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.”

The Way to Happiness is a moral code of ethics written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. One of the guidelines is to “Safeguard and Improve the Environment,” which aligns with environmental sustainability.

Elisabeth Donaldson of the environmentally friendly website 365 Days of Thrift opened the conference with a keynote speech. She discussed the harm the fashion industry does to the environment, while educating the audience on the benefits of sustainably shopping for clothes at thrift stores and vintage clothing stores.

Elisabeth Donaldson appeared on a local news station last year with DIY ideas for thrift store finds.

Donaldson’s speech was followed by a panel discussion with “Homesteading Hero” Janelle Hillman, thrift blogger Audrey Rhodes, and New Frontier Tiny Homes CEO David Lattimer. Second-hand clothing from thrift stores was featured in the fashion show that followed, arranged by stylist Tori Beth.

According to the United Nations, World Environment Day is “a broad global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment.”

The mission of the Way to Happiness Foundation is to inform the public about “The Way to Happiness” a common sense guide to better living. For more information about the Church of Scientology Nashville, visit http://www.scientology-ccnashville.org .

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