Sustainable and ethical fashion options for winter
After watching the documentary ‘The True Cost’ I was made blatantly aware of the HUGE impact of the fashion industry on both the environment and on the factory workers, mainly in developing countries.
As we head into the colder months and you are looking for some new winter pieces, consider some of these ethical and environmentally friendly options.
1. Well Made Clothes @wellmadeclothes_
This e-commerce site/marketplace makes ethical shopping easy and fun. They stock a number of brands including Teva, Etiko, Bon Label, B Boheme, Levi’s Waterless, Patagonia and The White T-Shirt Company. These designers cover all clothing categories from underwear and footwear to coats, jewellery and t-shirts. You can sort your search by ‘values’ instead of the usual price or colour options. WMC state that for an ethical fashion label to be stocked on the site it must meet the standards set in their values; local, handcrafted, transparency, gender equality, fair, vegan, minimal waste or sustainable
2. Vege Threads @vegethreads
This brand has great basics like T-shirts, jumpsuits, yoga clothing and underwear.
The brand is completely manufactured in Australia using organic and eco-friendly materials, and are made in limited numbers to avoid overproduction and waste. They state ‘Vege Threads embraces the shift towards slower living and aims to provide our customers with long lasting, practical yet beautifully designed garments’.
For next Summer, keep Vege Thread’s range of swimwear in mind. It’s made of recycled lycra including post-consumer waste such as fishing nets, and their pieces are super flattering and practical at the same time.
3. Everlane @everlane
On a recent NYC trip, I visited Everlane’s store and there was a line to get in the shop. There’s a reason this brand is so popular, and it’s not only their well-fitting and well-made pieces. Everlane is extremely selective with their factories, only partnering with the best, ethical factories where worker’s rights are upheld. They also pledge ‘Radical Transparency’ where they aim to share the stories of the garments with the customer, right down to the true cost of each item, so you can see exactly what you are paying for.
4. Veja @veja
Since 2005, VEJA has made shoes with a positive impact at each stage of production. This footwear brand aims to be ‘low-impact’, by making them with raw materials sourced from organic farming and ecological agriculture, without chemicals or polluting processes.
They also focus on treating all their employees and producers in ethical conditions.
There are also many vegan options within their Canvas range, great for those trying to reduce their leather purchases.
5. Vintage and second-hand shops
There is no better way to help both your wallet and the environment, than second-hand shopping. As well as reducing the demand for new products and new materials, it also reduces landfill and pollution, another huge impact of the fast fashion cycle. Although you may have to work a bit harder to find something you like, you can find some unique and interesting pieces. There are many interesting vintage shops along King St in Newtown, and nearly every suburb has a Vinnie’s.
For more information about the fashion industry and its real impact, please check out the documentary ‘The True Cost’ , read the articles on Well Made Clothes’ site and even check out Oxfam’s campaign ‘What She Makes’.