By now, everyone has become aware of the ethical crimes that numerous brands in the fast fashion industry are committing. From maintaining horrid working conditions in outsourced factories to ignoring safety precautions, these crimes are bringing out the darker side of fashion.
The money we’re spending on these brands and products is supporting such a cause. This is a horrifying reality.
Pair that with the added news of environmental damage the production is causing and consumers are floundering to distance themselves from such names.
However, with not many other sources for dependable clothing, many are stuck wondering where their next ethically-sound purchase should be from.
There is practically a treasure trove of clothes available in numerous second hand clothing stores. All you need to do is find it. Set aside some time to search for the best places to donate clothes and find the stores that work best for your budget. Most of the clothes donated to such stores are well-stitched and of good quality fabrics. And they cost a fraction of the original cost, making it a worthy investment.
According to the Huffington Post, more than 80 billion items of clothing end up in landfills each year. Instead of throwing away the clothes you don’t need, take them to a second-hand store so they can be of use to someone else. If the clothes are too worn down, contact recycling companies like Whitehouse and Shapiro that collect rags and fabrics. Do whatever you can to put your clothes to good use.
There are numerous ethical clothing brands available online. Moving away from fast fashion, smaller independent brands are now presenting simpler collections, made from eco-friendly materials. Do some online digging and find the brand that presents a clear picture of their corporation, their worker’s rights and their goals.
Harsh chemicals in washing products can sometimes weaken the fabrics of your clothes. Always use products that are specifically designed for certain clothes, and wash them less often. Keep the water at lower temperatures and be aware of your clothing so they don’t get any stubborn stains on them that may require excessive cleaning.
Consumers can have a big impact on company behavior. While bigger brands are now leaning towards environmentally friendly clothing and ethically made products, there is still a long way to go. Use your voice and platforms on social media and ask bigger brands to reform. As the main target for their products and campaigns, you have the power to influence their tactics. Use it.
Your fashion footprint can make a difference if you use it to influence others to follow your example.
Educate yourself on the intricacies of ethical clothing and be an informed shopper so the world can stand a better chance against the consequences of mass-produced fashion.