Sustainable & Ethical Fashion 101
Clothing is something we all want and need, but not at the expense of our planet and people. Sustainable fashion is all about making ethical choices that support ecological integrity, social equity, and responsible consumerism. Being eco-friendly does not have to be boring or plain, a sustainable wardrobe can be just as stylish and inspiring as any other!
Here are 3 reasons why you should care about sustainable fashion:
- Do you know where your clothes come from?
Sometimes we look at our clothing tags and see that it was made in some country very far away. If you take the time to research who made your clothes, you might be shocked. Many fast-fashion companies abuse the labor of women and children, underpaying them and forcing them to work in dangerous industrial environments. A huge part of sustainable fashion is ensuring that all labor is fair, supporting the health and wellbeing of all workers.
- Do you know what materials are in your clothes?
Many of our clothes contain plastics like polyester, nylon, acrylic and polyamide. Every time you wash your clothes, millions of microplastics are shed, ending up in your water and on your skin. The production of these materials pollutes our environment and causes so much toxic waste. Sustainable fashion products often use recycled or 100% natural materials, good for consumers and the environment.
- Do you know why supporting fast-fashion with your purchases is harmful?
Your purchases support whatever practices are involved with that product, meaning your money allows for big fashion companies to continue exploiting workers and the environment. Feel good about your purchase choices by supporting ethical, sustainable fashion brands and fibers.