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We Need a (Fashion) Revolution

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It’s time we start paying attention to what’s happening behind the scenes of Fast Fashion. You may also know these as “cheap fashion deals” we come across on a daily basis. Have you ever stopped to think about who made that $10 dress? Or the process it actually took to get it down to that price sitting on the rack? Not only are there environmental impacts, but there are also human rights issues on the forefront. People are getting sick from the toxic chemicals used to produce and treat these materials here in the US, and overseas. Women and children especially, in third world countries are making less than a liveable wage and dying to provide clothes for us. It’s not worth it!

Did you know…

“Approximately 75 million people work to make our clothes. 80% of them are women and children between the ages of 18 and 35.” –Fashion Revolution

Sometimes living in the US, we take things for granted because they are so easily accessible and affordable. But take a step back and think about the true cost of producing these pieces. Ask the question: “Who made my clothes?”

In honor of Fashion Revolution Week, I attended a pop up down in Miami that featured a number of different ethical and sustainable brands. It was heartwarming seeing so many local artists and designers supporting the movement against fast fashion.

Attending this event re-inspired me to get back to my fashion roots and combine it with my love for sustainability. I have known for years about the movement against fast fashion and have slowed down on my spending habits because of it. Cutting down on spending is the easiest way to be part of this revolution. I now try to only buy items that I really love, instead of spending just because of a “good deal.”

Staying on a Budget

I would love to eventually have a minimal closet of only sustainable and ethical brands, however, these pieces are more costly upfront. For now, repurposing what I already own and getting creative with styling is the best option. Also, participating in clothing swaps, buying from local thrift stores or second-hand online retailers is very budget friendly as well. [I recently touched on this in my 5 Tips for Eco-friendly Living post, so be sure to check that out.] Preventing clothing from being dumped into landfills or shipped to third world countries is definitely an important task.

Supporting Ethical/Sustainable Brands

If you’re ready to shop more consciously, the easiest way I find is to start small with accessories. As you would with building any kind of wardrobe, purchasing little by little to build your wardrobe is easier on your pockets. Now, this doesn’t mean to completely throw away your current closet, because that would be defeating the purpose.

I follow a ton of brands on Instagram, but a great resource is to search through the Good on You app when shopping. You can easily browse through the different categories or search specific brands to see where they stand on their ethical scale.

I hope this inspires you to shop more consciously with the people and the planet in mind. Don’t feel like you need to be perfect at it, or beat yourself up when you forget something. It’s a work in progress and as long as you’re aware and making the efforts, it’s a good start.

Remember:
  1. Spend less
  2. Shop second hand
  3. Support local, ethical and sustainable brands. Don’t be afraid to email the brand and ask them to be more transparent about where they source their materials from.

xo,

Kristen

Resources:

The Good Trade

Fashion Revolution

Good on You app

True Cost

GreenPeace

All photos taken by me at the MoS pop up.

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