About elizabeth


Elizabeth L. Cline is a New York-based journalist, public speaker and media commentator, and the author of The Conscious Closet: A Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good, a consumer ethical shopping and activist guide set for release in 2019 by Plume/Penguin. With her landmark investigation Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, 2012, Cline was the first to reveal fast fashion's hidden toll on garment workers, the environment, and even our own satisfaction with our clothes. The Conscious Closet shows exactly what we can do about it. 


Cline holds a degree in political philosophy from Syracuse University and has almost two decades of experience in journalism. She has worked for New York Magazine, Seed, AMC.com, and Sundance TV.com. She writes about fashion, technology, labor and the environment. Her articles have appeared on the Los Angeles TimesThe AtlanticThe New Yorker, AMC.com, SundanceTV.com, The New Republic and The Nation, among others. Cline appears regularly as a television and radio guest commentator on fashion and social justice / the environment. Recent appearances have been on CGTNMSNBCNBCBBC TV, CBC, among others.

Public speaking

Cline travels year-around to give lectures and presentations on fashion sustainability and ethical consumerism. You may read more about bringing her to your event here.


Cline is an expert in post-consumer textile waste and the global used clothing industry, having conducted extensive research into both New York City and Nairobi, Kenya’s secondhand trades. She’s written about the subject for The Atlantic and has been interviewed in a number of news segments, including CBC’s Marketplace. She is currently currently researching the clothing waste stream in New York City in partnership with Wearable Collections, New York City’s leading used clothing collections company spearheading circular solutions to the 25 billion pounds of textile waste generated annually in the United States.