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A textile artist with a deep concern for sustainable practices, Rebecca Burgess was increasingly concerned with the negative ecological impacts of the textile industry. The World Bank estimates that nearly 20% of industrial water pollution worldwide comes from textile treatment and dyeing. Determined to align her values with her wardrobe, Rebecca set herself a year-long challenge: to only wear clothes that had been grown and made locally. She partnered with local growers and artisans and documented her progress on a blog, and the One Year Wardrobe Challenge quickly grew into a movement.