How might Stoic virtue ethics inform sustainable clothing choices?

Kai Whiting*, Edward Simpson, Angeles Carrasco, Aldo Dinucci, Leonidas Konstantakos

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This paper explores sustainable fashion choices from a Stoic philosophical perspective. Ancient Stoic teachings can help us re-examine our relationship with clothes in the 21st century and provide direction for the considerable number of people that are influenced by contemporary Stoicism. Stoicism provides a clear justification for sustainable living, given its call to live in harmony with Nature. Given the environmental facts, contemporary Stoics would do well to reduce the size of their wardrobe to what is necessary and functional. They should mindfully select clothing made of organic natural fibres, which are of sufficient quality as to reduce wasteful practices.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalEthics, Policy and Environment
Early online date12 Nov 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Nov 2022


  • Stoicism
  • Sustainability
  • Fast Fashion
  • Clothing
  • Clothes


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