There as a huge wave of mindful consumerism happening right now. It feels like within the last 2 years its gone from a niche market to mainstream. There are so many different categories it might be a little hard to fully understand what you are buying into. That is why I decided to put together a little guide explaining what is what and how they are different.
Ethical Fashion (may also be called Fair Fashion)
When a brand calls themselves ethical it means that the people producing the clothing are treated and paid a fair wage. Pretty simple right?
This edition of Sustainability School will be focused on what to do with garments when you are done with them. Now there are many ways you can be 'done' with a garment. It doesn't fit anymore, you no longer like or wear it, it is stained, it's ripped or ruined beyond repair. So today I want to break down different ways/venues to take when you have reached these points and in the most ecological ways possible.
1) Garment is in fine shape but you don't want it.
This is an obvious one but I'll include it just in case. There has been...
For FW19 we introduced a new type of fabric to our line; Repreve 100% Recycled Polyester!
The use of polyester in a sustainable fashion brand is a tricky one. But I gave this one a lot of thought and wanted to share my decision process with you. I will not pretend that recycled polyester is the best thing for the planet. However, the decision to work with it comes from a place of making the best of what materials exist in the world and hopefully we come to a point where we have no new plastic/polyester.
Ok! so if you do not...
Why is Hemp so sustainable? So good for your skin?
I have covered these questions in Sustainability School in our story highlights on instagram (@lights.of.all). Here are the main points transcribed so that if you prefer to read than listen, you'll know all the great things about this sustainable fibre and why it makes for the best slow fashion and sustainable clothing.
I got most of these facts from Good on You. A great app/website for all eco/ethical fashion information and brands! I also got some information from Sandy Black's book, Eco Chic the Fashion...
Organic Cotton vs Cotton
If you didn't already know, on instagram @lights.of.all, I do informative little episodes of Sustainability school which is saved in our highlight reel. I decided to transcribe some of them onto our blog for those who would rather read than listen.
So here is the one discussing Organic cotton versus Cotton.
I was personally getting upset because I see a lot of 'vegan and eco friendly' companies who use conventional cotton instead of Organic Cotton. This ignited this fire in me to help educate consumers to know the difference between organic cotton and conventional cotton. The...