Street Style: The Note Passer

By Kestrel Jenkins

Elizabeth Stilwell of The Note Passer

A former educator and proud sustainability nerd, Elizabeth's goal is to be a resource for a life full of more meaning and less waste. After she quit teaching, she created The Note Passer which eventually evolved to document her awakening to the realities of fast fashion and consumerism.

Last year, she helped co-found the Ethical Writers Coalition with other like-minded writers. Elizabeth firmly believes that knowledge is power and with that in mind she uses her platform to share practical steps to a more sustainable lifestyle.

"I started looking into the world of sustainability after the Rana Plaza disaster and my curiosity has crept into other industries beyond fashion. The Ethical Writers Coalition and I recently organized an event in NYC that focused on sustainable design and local flowers. We made flower crowns, arrangements, and planters and it was really magical (and educational). To me, there's something deeply satisfying about reducing waste and being creative with what's on hand, whether it be clothing, food, or flowers."

Blazer (hand-me-down from her mom who's featured here in the photo with her)
T-shirt (thrifted from a Goodwill in Sarasota, Florida)
Maxi Skirt (bought secondhand from eBay)
Flower crown (handmade from local flowers)

photos by Julia Pinter


Kestrel JenkinsAbout The Author

Kestrel is a globetrotter with small-town Wisconsin spirit. She has lived in Chile, London, Madrid & New York, soaking up and absorbing every moment of fashion and difference along the way. She has worked with People Tree, Global Action Through Fashion, The GreenShows, FashionMeGreen, Fashioning Change, Ecouterre, Inhabitat & EcoSalon. She loves words & garments, and reorganizing them both. For Kestrel, fashion is her favorite way to share stories. Her most recent endeavor, AWEAR, is a style-driven project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who makes them.


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