Ethical clothing - Your path to environment friendly clothes
Do you really want to know what is ethical clothing? How to avoid the fast fashion black hole? How to be a conscious consumer?
Then just apply the Zero Waste 5R’s. Here’s how:
1 – Refuse – someone offers you clothes you don’t need? Politely ask them to redirect to someone else who might need or as a donation to an institution
2- Reduce – do you really need to buy? have you tried the capsule wardrobe approach? If you need to buy then follow our guides below.
3 – Reuse – yes yes, almost everything we currently wear is second hand, and there are amazing brands already doing it
4 – Recycle – there are plenty of brands making clothes from recycled fabrics, some o them we identify on our articles
5 – Rot – this might not be for you to do it directly, but some brands already apply the circular economy approach
We will guide you throughout the 5Rs, but for now we have only the guides for your decision to buy new clothes.
We also have a database that you can access below with the majority of the ethical brands available.
What are the most eco friendly fabrics?
This is probably the easiest question to answer: there is no such thing as the best eco friendly fabric.
Put simply, all of the known fabrics to date have negative impacts of some sort.
And if you study the subject even further the best would be to just stop producing completely because the big brands throw away tons of clothes every year.
We set up the hard job of finding the benefits of each main available fabric and give you some idea of its impacts.
It will not give you 100% answers, (there is no such thing) but it will hopefully guide you for your next choices.
Travel essentials for women guide
We are at our core an website written for travellers, so we bring you what could be the travel essential for women ideas to help you to set up that carry on luggage.
First you apply the Zero Waste R number 2: you reduce, and become a minimalist. 🙂 You will live only from your essentials.
Then you choose your new options with a eco friendly eye, hopefully using the article above, following our packing list ideas.
We’ll soon do a guide for man and kids too, following the same values.
Finding the most affordable ethical clothing
Why did we write about affordable ethical clothing? Because the majority of the world population doesn’t care about ethical clothing.
This makes the costs for doing planet friendly clothes quite high, and not accessible for many people.
Staying inside the ethical clothing values, we will help you to find the brands where you get more for what you pay.
Extra you’ll have access to the database we built with most of the available brands with some information about them.
What is ethical or sustainable fashion?
While “fast fashion” describes clothing that is cheaply made and intended for short-term use, “sustainable” (or “ethical”) fashion is the opposite. It takes into account the full lifecycle of the product — from the design, sourcing, and production processes — and looks at everyone and everything being affected by it, from the environment, to the workers and communities where it’s produced, to the consumers who purchase it. It’s a complex issue and there isn’t one brand that’s currently capable of tackling everything, but right now there are five main issues being addressed in the fashion industry:
1. Water usage: The demands for fresh water for drinking and agriculture is far surpassing what’s available. Yes, the Earth is covered in water, but most of it is unusable salt water or has been polluted. As a result, some brands are now looking at the supply chains to see how they can cut back on how much water they’re using.
2. Hazardous chemicals: Dyes and finishes from the production processes are dangerous for the workers, plus they get into the community water sources. These chemicals may not affect the consumers, but they’re a problem for the people who make clothing and those who live in areas where it’s produced. Fashion and outdoor brands are now tasked with coming up with new ways to address dyes and finishes for features like wrinkle-resistance and water-repellency.
3. Short lifecycle: Stores are constantly launching new designs and consumers are regularly updating their wardrobes. The biggest goal in sustainable fashion is to buy less and use things longer. To make clothes last, there are platforms for closet-sharing, brands that promote buying used clothing, and simple yet durable styles that you can wear over and over again.
4. Waste: On top of having a short lifecycle, there needs to be a way to create less trash by making products useful again once they’ve run their course. One way is to repair garments (i.e. mending holes in jeans and replacing worn soles of shoes) while another opportunity comes from using recycled materials in apparel.
5. Agriculture: Natural fibers like cotton are often grown using pesticides and treatments that are harmful to the farmers, workers, and wildlife in the area. There are now more options for organic cotton, linen, and other fibers available, which also use less water than the conventional growing methods. Plus, brands are looking at being organic throughout the production process – not just the growing of the crop, which is only the first step.