what is ethical fashion?


ethical fashion or slow fashion is an approach to the design, sourcing and manufacture of clothing which is both socially and environmentally conscious. ethical fashion incorporates the following:
  • the support of workers' rights via sustainable livelihoods + fair working conditions.
  • the avoidance of toxic pesticide and chemical use + the usage of eco-friendly fabrics and components.
  • the minimizing of water use + the employment of recycling and energy efficiency.

ethical fashion includes clothes whose makers seek to address one or more of the issues involved in the fashion industry today. eco fashion world defines the categories in ethical fashion as follows:

{ethically produced} ethical fashion is fashion that has been produced with respect for people and the environment. this includes companies that are organic and rair trade certified as well as companies producing locally or on small scales in developed countries or companies working with skilled artisans in underdeveloped countries. 

{vegan} Products that have been made without the use of leather or animal tissue products. Examples are shoes and bags made from recycled or man-made materials.

{craft/artisan} products that have been crafted using artisan skills such as embroidery, which preserve the perpetuation of ancestral traditions.

{custom} also called bespoke or made-to-order. this is a way of encouraging quality and slow fashion over mass-produced disposable fashion.

{fair trade certified} an organized movement that promotes standards for international labor {reasonable work hours, no child labor, the right to unionize, a fair living wage}, environmentalism, and social policy in areas related to production of goods.

{organic} natural fibers that have been grown without any pesticides and other toxic materials, preserving the health of humans and the environment. the process of organic growth can be certified by various organizations.

{recycled} anything that has been made from already existing materials, fabrics, metals or fibers. these are often reclaimed from previously made clothing and accessories and reworked into new ones. fibers can also be re-purposed from pre-existing fabric, re-spun and reused for new garments.

{vintage/second-hand} vintage is a term for new or used garments created in the period from the 1920’s to 1975. however, the term is often used more generally for second-hand clothes or up-cycled clothes.

with so many eco-friendly, stylish options today, i think it's time to get some green clothes on!