Ethical Clothing & Sustainability


Ethical and Sustainable Clothing

What is it?

Sustainable clothing refers to fabrics derived from eco-friendly resources, such as sustainably grown fiber crops or recycled materials. Also an approach towards sourcing, manufacturing, and designing clothing which maximizes the benefits to the fashion industry and society at large, while at the same time minimizing its impacts on the environment.

“Who makes the clothing we wear every day and in what conditions?"

As consumers, we’ve become increasingly conscious about our purchases, channeling the power of our vocalized objections to make a positive change for the people involved in the making of our clothes. When buying clothes, it is important to think about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of your purchase. -The Good Trade

Problems with Fast Fashion Today

The rapid, mass production of clothing styles based on trends contributes to a culture of waste.

  • Human Rights Violation
    • Unlivable Wages
    • Child Labor
    • Migrant Exploitation
    • Forced Overtime
    • Hazardous Work Conditions
  • Complex Supply Chains
  • Rate of Consumption
  • Chemical Pollution
  • Water and Waste Pollution
  • Textile Waste

Why Should We Practice Sustainability in Clothing?

If able to, shopping sustainably is a simple effort an individual can make to minimize their own carbon footprints.

  • Less clothing in landfills: our current culture of “fast fashion” means an increased production of clothing; in turn, production dramatically increased while clothing prices and quality have gone down.
  • Fewer resources used and wasted: Energy and water are used in order to produce clothing. No extra energy or water is needed in buying something used.
  • Less pollution: About 90% of cotton grown for textiles is genetically modified and heavily reliant on pesticides. Less production means less chemical contamination in our earth.

Sustainable Ways to Buy Clothing

  • THRIFTING: Buying what already exists.
  • UPCYCLING: Using old or discarded/vintage clothing and transforming them into something which is better than its original by design and value additions