Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Sustainability, the Editor's Old Clothes, and Much More

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Sustainability, the Editor's Old Clothes, and Much More

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The Family and Consumer Sciences Body of Knowledge includes the cross-cutting theme of "resource development and sustainability" and describes it as involving "managing resources wisely, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable practices, and creating public policy from generation to generation" (AAFCS, 2010). In September 2015, the United Nations adopted its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, comprising 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Prospective authors for the current issue of the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences (JFCS) were invited to explore and position the profession and discipline within this agenda.

In our first Feature article, Norum thoroughly explores sustainability issues primarily as they relate to apparel production and consumption. This article helped me feel a bit better about hanging on to old clothing folded under my bed for re-evaluation at a later date. Readers can decide if my version of "slow fashion" fits the spirit of Norum's insights. Our second Feature article by Wahler and Dubuisson-Quellier articulates an interesting case for a collective perspective on sustainable consumption. Look for examples of "social practices" that you may relate to in your personal and professional life.

This issue also contains articles that cover a variety of other topics. Take a look at how "Joyce" describes her Aunt "Karla" in Betz-Hamilton and Vincenti's study of financial exploitation of older family members. …

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