You might have heard a lot about terms such as sustainable fashion, ethical clothing, slow fashion, etc. But what it really is and why does this trend so much matter nowadays? We’ve decided to spread the word about this topic because it’s super important for everybody to know what we all wear, how people involved were treated, what affect can these clothing make to the planet? All of these questions should arise when we make purchases and be conscious of everything we have a tight contact with.
Meaning of Ethical Clothing
Ethical Clothing simply means that every cycle of its production from designing, producing, retailing to purchasing was made ethically. This term also covers huge problems such as working conditions, sustainable production, environment, and animal welfare. One of the core values of businesses that make slow fashion should be to treating workers fairly and minimizing the impact on the environment. By saying that, ethical clothing/ ethical fashion means that clothing is both people-friendly and eco-friendly.
Why Is Ethical Clothing Important
As consumers, we’ve become super conscious about all the purchases we make – from grocery to cleaning solutions shopping – to make sure that everything we have contact with makes a positive difference for all the people who made these items; especially when clothing is involved. Our skin is in constant tight contact with fabrics we put on, and that’s why we want to be sure in the quality of things we wear, how they were produced, what material, what conditions, etc.
Also, ethical fashion means that not only workers were treated well, but this term also stands for sustainability. That simply means that production was made using only environmentally friendly practices and a product itself has a low impact on the environment.
At Cozy Stories we believe that eco-friendly, ethical clothing can really make a difference. We can help the environment and improve the lives of people involved by delivering better, unique products to our customers.
What Does Sustainability Stand For?
- Ethical Clothing means it’s made from eco-friendly materials (such as organic, non-GMO cotton & pesticide-free materials)
- Ethical Clothing is always safe both for people and for the environment (without using any other materials that can contain toxins, harmful chemicals, or other carcinogens)
- Ethical Clothing production uses sustainable – environmentally friendly – practices that reduce water consumption and waste production.
- Ethical Clothing production avoids pollution, by using natural energy that is harmless for the people and the Earth.
Next time when shopping, pay your attention to such phrases as responsibly made, fair trade, eco-friendly, sustainable fashion. By buying this stuff you support ethical brands. Of course, eco-friendly shirts can be more expensive than fast fashion, because their production costs businesses more money, and takes longer, but this all saves the environment, helps fair-trade and makes you feel good!
Fast Fashion Destroys The Planet
Fast fashion can cost us the environment as over 15 million tons of textile waste is generated in US every year, and this number isn’t going to decrease if we keep supporting them. You might compare the prices between our store and their stores, but for them, it takes over 2700 liters of water to make just 1 cotton t-shirt. That equals the same amount of water that a person needs for a 12 year period. By using pesticides in farming, they make the ground infertile, and runoff of chemical dyes pollute the air and local water sources. The clothing industry is the world’s second-largest clean water polluter.
If we keep mindlessly shopping, we, as consumers, create this demand and we are a big part of this problem. This is a time when we have to change our consumption habits. Be mindful in every action you do, when supporting businesses, think about how these products were created. Ethical fashion won’t solve all of our problems with water shortages, toxic chemicals, and energy consumption, but it will allow YOU to support more sustainable and environmentally-safe practices and therefore will help you to reduce your personal impact on the planet.