Sustainability Round Up
All in one place, we have got together the best articles and podcasts for the week on ethical and sustainable fashion.
Positive Planet is happening on 6th April in London which we will be attending. This sustainability awareness event will include talks on climate change, animal welfare and veganism.
A beginner's guide to sustainable fashion talks about how we can start making the change towards shopping more sustainably. It does not necessarily mean that we have to sacrifice our style, it is more about being wiser with our choices. Shopping product we want and will cherish, rather than clothes we will disregard after a couple of uses.
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The current system at the cheaper end of the industry is completely broken, it is unsustainable and it is creating an extraordinary amount of harm with ethically dubious product.
Knowing this – Fabric For Freedom set about to imgine something different. After oil fashion is the most polluting industry on the planet. In response we are making efforts to promote sustainable fashion with eco-conscious practices. Designed for longevity - our ethos is to be responsible, honest and modern.
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The Take Action Change Fashion campaign lead by Fashion For Good has put together action points to help people become more conscious about their shopping. It isn't just about how you buy the clothes but it is about the role of fashion in your life. The way you view your wardrobe, a commitment to treasure your clothes.
Consumers are leading the charge for wanting to have more sustainable practises. When you look back 50 years fast fashion was initially a good thing fashion used to be really expensive, really slow and the rich could only afford new clothes.
It started when Yve Saint Laurent created ready to wear clothing part of his own label that you could get a bit cheaper. This paved the way for department stores to start to offer their takes on more expensive couture clothing.
In the 1970s with the increase of man made fibres and offshoring in sewing and textile manufacturing we saw a dramatic shift in the price of clothing. We all suddenly could afford new clothes.
What has happened since then is that our clothing has got cheaper and cheaper which has had catastrophic impacts. Innovations have happened in the way we can sell, the internet has allowed for cheaper sale channels – technology hasn’t been about producing better clothing for less money it has been about how to create the cheapest product.
Now we are at the time where we can buy a dress for a £5 – the price of a coffee or sandwich. The process that this dress has gone through to be £5 is extraordinary. The fibre will have to have been drawn, then been spun into yarn, the yarn has been knitted into a fabric, this fabric has then been printed or dyed, then cut and sewn and you can buy all of that for £5? Including VAT. Then we as consumers do not value it.
Stop thinking that anything is disposable even it if cost £10 love it so much has gone into it, so many people have put work into it. Sustainability is about respecting those making our product - that is revolutionary.
"Fashion has been incredibly stupid for decades, let’s bring it back to a point of intelligence and respect". Orsola de Castro, Fashion Revolution
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Contact your favourite brands, tell companies what issues are important to you. The more people that shout out about these problems the more chance of change. Read more on how you can make a difference here.
A recent article from Quarizy discusses ways you can fall back in love with your clothes. Repairing, re-designing, dyeing, tailoring and styling are all ways you can re-use and restore. We need to change our mindset from disposable to creative.
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The Fashion Revolution has made it easier to contact policymakers in parliament. The Government can make a real impact in this area deciding wages, limiting unethical product into the UK as well as ensuring companies adhere to environmental standards. Click here to write to a policymaker.
Good on you has summed up the best podcasts on sustainability bringing knowledge from the ethical fashion industry and insights for going greener.
We buy around 1.13 mega tonnes of clothing in the UK each year, yet wear 44% of our wardrobes. But how can we recycle unwanted clothing so that it doesn't just end up in landfill? ID magazine has written 5 ways to recycle clothing without killing the environment.
Image Credits: David Gomez Maestre, Ignant
We live in times of unprecedented change. Each era is different from the era that goes before. But actually, the era that we live in now is different for a very profound and significant reason.
We've had 12,000 years of a stable climate, 4.5 billion years of the earth actually changing itself. We're now in an era where we're creating man-made change to nature. It's commonly termed the Anthropocene. This really changes our own perception of who we are in the world and what we're doing. Nature is our only home, we can't live anywhere else. And we're messing it up. This man-made construct of climate change is also put against the man-made construct of human inequality. Both of these issues are part of fashion. We were all conceived equal and yet, we are the only species that have really created an inequality amongst us that we perpetuate through our cultures, habits, economies, and lifestyles.
Buy clothing that is designed and produced to last. Fashion should make us feel good, cherish your clothes and move away from this idea that clothing is disposable because then all it is, is waste, pollution and rubbish. Shop our ethically produced collection here.