Looking for a way to make your wardrobe more ethical? We’ve got a few suggestions.
Worried about how the next generations will carry on the fashion revolution? We’ve got evidence that they’ll do it, and do it better.
Want to push the fashion revolution forward while supporting victims of natural disaster? We have just the thing.
Let’s talk about true cost and real relief this week.
If you want to feel better about the clothes that line your closet, there are dozens of ways to go about it. But in an article in The Guardian promoting the upcoming documentary True Cost, Lucy Siegle outlines five great ones that you might not have thought of. Our favorite on the list is #4 – Detox your wardrobe. Ensuring that the artisans and workers who make our clothes are paid fairly and treated well is a huge part of ethical fashion. But equally as big is ensuring that the materials we use will not harm the people wearing them or the environment. We know firsthand that paying close attention to the chemicals and substances used in dyes and fabrics makes a huge difference.
To this list, we’d also add a few tips of our own:
- Pay attention to more than just dyes: Sequins are tiny and practically transparent but they do not biodegrade, making them horrible for the environment. Think beyond dyes to the rest of the materials that make up your clothes.
- Buy clothes with variations: Shirts, dresses, and pants that can be worn several different ways and look different each time are a low cost, low impact way to get the most out of your wardrobe.
- Modify for further use: Cut down on fashion waste by repurposing items already in your closet. Find new ways to wear old clothes to make your fabrics and your money go further.
What tips would you add? Tweet us @INDIGENOUS, we'd love to hear your voice.
This week, an Australian community news site ran an article by 12-year-old Rebecca McIntyre. Entitled “The Real Cost of Glamour,” she discusses the cost of fashion as more than the money you hand over for a designer bag.
At such a young age, McIntyre already understands what so many consumers around the world still grapple to comprehend—that somewhere along the way “the designer using the machine to supplement their artistry… became a slave to the machine.”
It’s encouraging to see this perspective coming from the next generation. We believe there are more kids out there like Rebecca. Kids who will look deeper than the glossy pages of magazines and Forever21 racks crowded with throw away clothing, and work to make things better.
Well-known international relief charity Oxfam has a recycling center in Northern UK where 90 tons of clothing and goods are delivered every week. The clothes are then primarily resold. Anything that doesn’t sell in its original form is repurposed into necessities such as carpet underlay or packing for car panels. The end result: as much money as possible is raised for humanitarian relief caused by tragedies, such as the earthquake in Nepal.
Recycling clothes for the sake of the environment is one thing. This effect alone does wonders for the fashion revolution and the movements towards sustainability. But doing it so that more money can be raised to help people who are suffering, like earthquake victims in Nepal, is even better.
If you’re interested in helping both victims of natural disaster and pushing forward the fashion revolution, but don’t plan to be in London anytime soon, take a peek at Oxfam’s online store.
Written by Tricia Mirchandani. Tricia is a mother of two, a freelance writer and the blogger behind Raising Humans. Her words have appeared on the Huffington Post, Washington Post, SheKnows, and in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine. She tells stories because sharing words can make the world a better place.