Monday, February 25, 2013

How Sustainable Fashion Saves Lives

 Do you realize that if the clothing you wear is made fair trade, ethically and sustainably then the people who make your clothing can be paid fair wages?  This also means that harmful toxic chemicals such as sulfuric acid, chromium and lead will not be released during clothing production. IF workers are paid fair wages with safety standards set in place then they will he healthy and have money to bring home for their families.  IF they have extra money to bring home to their families then this money can be invested in education for the children of the house.  IF their children are educated then the family can have a trade and a dependent source of income which will in turn decrease poverty.  This will decrease the need for young people to turn to desperate measures which can involve human trafficking.  Are the clothes you wear fair trade, ethical and sustainable?

Today I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to the upfront and personal about fashion change blog, Listen Girlfriends

I was first introduced to Listen Girlfriends by my professor, I have to admit that I am now addicted!  The editor, Nadia, just began a series on her blog this past December titled "Ethical Fashion."  In this series she confronts different angles of ethical fashion, including:
  • Navigation in the ethical fashion industry
  • Interviews with leading sustainable designers like Marci Zaroff
  • Empowering young women through sustainable fashion
  • The dangers of chemical waste in the fashion industry
  • Organic Cotton Farming 
    • "Did you know that every 30 minutes and Indian farmer commits suicide?"  
    • Organic Farming can help change this! See article HERE.
Article on Organic Cotton Farming HERE.

Through her blog I have discovered The Source.  If you are a fashion blogger who wants to see fashion be used not only for art, but for good, you definitely need to hop on over to this platform.  If you are a fashion student, or fashion business owner, this is a great source to not only stay up-to-date on sustainable fashion but also to network with other like-minded pioneers!

"SOURCE is a platform of tools and services for the fashion and textiles industries, from field to final product. It aims to make it easy for fashion professionals and businesses to work sustainably, inspire and motivate members, facilitate research and industry collaboration and put the spotlight on best practice.
SOURCE saves time, resources and money, providing users with a one- stop-shop of valuable, regularly updated information and contacts, with a focus on sustainability."
- The Source 

Today I want to leave you with a few thoughts.  I would love to hear what you have to say.
  1. What decisions can you make to help empower young people?  
  2. How does your clothing link to human trafficking and violations to human rights?  
  3. What turn do you think the fashion industry should take?
  4. Do you know any sustainable designers? (Lara MillerLinda LoudermilkEdunPeople Tree,KuyichiMaderaStewart & BrownLoomState ) 

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Nadia said...

Thank you so much for posting this Christine! Just love what you do...xoxo, Girlfriend :)

Ivana Džidić said...

great article!

Fabrizia said...

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kim bim said...

fantastic contents, this reminds me of the documentary i watch on air some month ago about fair trade, its sad to know these hard working people are paid peanuts and the clothing are sold very expensive, what a world!!!

Antonella C'est moi said...

Great arti le kisses

Sabrina Musco said...

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ceri said...

A really interesting post. I love Listen Girlfriends and The Ethical Fashion Forum, both such useful resources.

In answer to the questions

1. I think it is important for young people to know that they can develop their own style and that don't need to follow trends, buy a particular brand or be dictated to by the media on what they wear. Also that there are many ethical choices out there that look great.

2.I hope that none of my clothing links to human trafficking and violations to human rights. I only buy from ethical and sustainable brands and I also try and buy second hand clothing.I do have to research each brand carefully though to be sure that they are not green washing.

3. I don't think that the fashion industry will change unless forced to by either consumer demand, government legislation or both. Organisations like Greenpeace and Labour behind the label are doing some great work in raising awareness about issues of ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry and I think that this could be the catalyst that is needed. Projects like the Green Carpet Challenge are also inspiring in helping to change attitudes on what sustainable fashion looks like.

4.There are now hundreds of sustainable designers and brands (far too many to list here!). Some of my favourites in the UK include Timberland, People Tree, Komodo, Skunk Funk, Ruby Rocks, Fair + True, Ada Zanditon, Henrietta Ludgate, Antiform, Nancy Dee, Monkee Genes and Lowie.

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