The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Apart from the mass amounts of water it takes to produce even just one pair of jeans, the chemicals used in dying the materials are leaking into our water supplies. People are being mistreated and underpaid just to produce our clothing. Taking into account all of the harmful effects each item of clothing has on our environment, why are we still buying so much stuff that we don't even need? And do we even really want it?Read More
The downward spiral of fashion today harms people, animals, and the planet. Ethical Fashion is trying to stop this, but at the same time, it is trying to be spread through the systems of Prevailing Fashion. A second problem that occurs next to the fact that it can’t be spread, is that the closing the cycle of Ethical Fashion itself is being blocked because most of the time the designers and manufacturers forget about the role of the consumers in the cycle. Here the use and disposal of clothing is being ignored and so the impact of all the effort is almost none and the garment ends up to the garbage or the clothing containers which then encumber the fashion industry of the countries where the garments are being sold for very cheap prices.Read More
One can argue both sides of this question but if I didn't believe that sustainable fashion really can be sustainable then I wouldn't be as passionate about Slow Fashion and Sustainable Fashion as I am. There are many factors that contribute to the sustainable fashion industry and in order to ensure its longevity, it is important that each of these individual factors implement long-term sustainable practices. In the end, nothing can be black and white and it is the same with sustainable fashion. There will never be 100% sustainability in the fashion industry, but we can all work together to make it as sustainable as possible. Perhaps in the future, there will not be a divide between fast fashion and slow fashion, and there will just be fashion, which will be closer to the current idea of sustainable fashion, where everyone does their bit to create a more endurable, sustainable industry.Read More
I recently listened to a podcast by Behind The Seams on Youtube and I wanted to share it with you all because they had some really interesting ideas on what exactly sustainable fashion is. I decided to gather together some of their best points and write them into a blog post, so all credit for these ideas goes to Behind The Seams.
Their definition of sustainable fashion was ‘the choice to present yourself in a way that does no harm to the environment or other human beings or people or animals while still maintaining a unique form of self-expression and identity.’Read More
Slow fashion, inspired by the Italian slow food movement, claims that “one way to initiate slow fashion is to develop personal style”. If the consumer follows a personal style, s/he is free of the dictates of fast fashion. Slow fashion encourages a change in the system of manufacture and distribution towards slower production cycles and reduced material through- put Fletcher & Grose, 2012). Slow fashion benefits from local craftsmanship, high quality and locally produced garments, which will be kept and loved by their owners for years. The uniqueness through traditional manufacturing is in focus and this defends their mass production (Fletcher & Grose, 2012).Read More