SZA performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2018 in Indio, Calif.
Photo: Christopher Polk (Getty Images for Coachella)

Entertainer and environmentalist, too: Singer-songwriter SZA is putting her influence into saving our oceans with a new sustainability-focused clothing line called Ctrl Fishing Company—named, of course, for her breakthrough album Ctrl. 


In a series of Instagram posts and stories, SZA has teased a line of tees and sweatshirts embroidered with slogans like “Sustainability Gang” and “Puck Flastic,”confirming through a comment that 100 percent of the collection’s profits will be directed toward ocean sustainability.

Of course, what’s not clear yet is whether the Champion-produced clothing conforms to sustainability and fair labor standards. Fast fashion is, after all, notorious for both horrible environmental and employment practices.

As at least one commenter questioned: “Is this made with sustainable textiles? Were the people who made it treated well and compensated fairly?”

Hopefully, SZA will be transparent about the sourcing and production of these items, which we’re eager to see succeed—but are equally hoping are made of recycled fibers in equitable and healthy labor conditions. Because while we should all be concerned with the state of our oceans, we’d hate to see SZA’s admirable efforts to do good for the environment backfire behind the seams.


Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.

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