WHAT IS ETHICAL FASHION?
The Fashion Industry Causes A Great Deal Of Damage To The Environment.
Cheap clothes and accessories produced quickly by sweatshop labour (fast fashion), which you can find in most large retail stores, may save you a few dollars, but is extremely expensive to our long-term future and our planet. Large-scale pollution is unsustainable, and so is fast fashion.
However, the fashion industry has operated this way since the 1950s, with the rise of the textile industry and the growth of big companies who thirsted for profit above all else.
Today, still, large businesses do not prioritise the environment above the shareholder. They continue to pump out their products and turn them into cash as quickly as possible. Such wide-scale damage does not affect just remote people in remote places. Inhumanity and environmental damage affects us all.
This is not the price we should pay for a capitalist system.
If, until now, you have been an unassuming consumer, you may be surprised if you take a closer look at the labels on garments currently hanging in your closet. There is a 90% chance that any one of those garments has been produced in a third world country, where workers slave away for long hours under unsafe conditions for pitiful wages, without periods of rest or vacation. In many cases these workers, a lot of them women and young children, are subject to harassment or sexual abuse.
As the western world has woken up to these conditions and the damage done by fast fashion, large companies have slowly begun to improve this situation, but in many cases these measures do not go far enough.
HOW CAN WE BE ETHICAL?
Fashion is considered ethical when the rights of humans and animals are not violated and when the environment is left as undamaged as possible. From the first textile to the final garment, ethical fashion complies with all moral standards such as:
Ecological, economic and social.
Offers consumers a tool to reduce poverty through their everyday consumption practices. It offers producers a better deal and commercial terms and promotes fair wages.
100% cruelty free products which have been made without the use of any kind of animal leather or derivatives. At Velvety believe that a product or item can't be ethical if it's not vegan.
- Organic Material
Raw fibres that grow without human intervention. Organic agriculture excludes the genetic modification of organisms and the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and insecticides during the production stage to reduce the negative impacts of chemicals on the soil, the health of workers and also final consumers. Examples of organic materials in the fashion industry are organic cotton, bamboo fibre and the newer fibre, tencel.
- Recycling And Ecological Use Of Resources
Recycling, upcycling or simply minimizing the impact of negative energies in the environment, reducing the consumption of water, energy, etc.
So please, before buying any product, think twice about whether you are supporting an ethical or an unethical practice.