When an eight-story building collapsed in Dhaka three years ago, killing 1138 garment workers, we all felt uncomfortable. All of a sudden the clothes we had on took a different form. The soft fabric against our skin became heavy, itchy; suffocating. Because while we watched limp, sooty figures being carried from the rubble, we realised that there were faces, families and stories woven into what we wear. All of a sudden we were asking, who made my clothes? Read More
The summer holidays are the perfect time to relax with a good book. To help you create a shortlist, we’ve asked three amazing women to review ground-breaking books which delve deep into the world of fashion. Read More
Here’s the scenario – Kendall Jenner just stepped out in the most fabulous burgundy waistcoat and you MUST get yourself one stat! A quick browse online and you find that Zara and Uniqlo both have something similar.
Now you pride yourself on owning a KeepCup, recycling your scrap paper and participating in Meat-Free Mondays to help reduce your carbon footprint. But have you thought about the environmental impact that burgundy waistcoat had before it made it to onto that shiny rack?
So, your beloved trainers have reached the point of no return. Or maybe you just need an extra pair of runners for the exercise regime you will definitely stick to – juuuust as soon as you have the perfect footwear? While you’re running around trying to decide whether to buy those Adidas all-white Stan Smiths or the blackout Nike Free Runs, we crunched the ethics to find out which company treats their workers well. So, who’s more ethical, Nike or Adidas? Read More
It’s happening. Clothing brands are starting to clean up their act. From increased protection to overseas workers, to minimising exploitation in the workplace, we say good on you to these five companies!
Marks and Spencer was once the high street retailer synonymous with quality undies and fancy food but in the last few years it has become leading light for ethical and sustainable businesses.
British menswear designer Tom Cridland has made clothing for Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Stiller, Hugh Grant, Daniel Craig and plenty more – and that was just in the past year. Now, he is taking a stand against fast fashion by crowdfunding a sweatshirt that will last a lifetime and promote sustainable fashion.
Enter the 30 Year Sweatshirt.
The fashion industry is huge, and its impact on people, the planet and animals is just as huge. But consumers have the power to make sure that impact is a positive one. Every time you buy a piece of clothing, you are supporting the practices of the brand that made it. Ethical fashion is about educating yourself and making informed choices.
According to Vogue US: “If you make one fashion move this season, consider making it a trip to see The True Cost” – a film that asks who really pays the price for our clothes?