Hello Everyone! In my last post from this series, I talked about Feminism and everything you need to know about it. I really loved writing about something important and also relevant to this blog and the world. In today’s post, I wanted to talk about Eco-Friendly Fashion. What it is, what brands are active with it, and a lot of more information that can help you live a more environmentally friendly life more easily. As I was writing this, I realized how uneducated I was on this topic, so I did a lot of research, for this post but mainly for myself. If you wanted to read more on this topic, at the very bottom of this post, there is a work cited section. After you read it, let me know your thoughts in the comments. Enjoy!
Before we really get into this, let’s talk about what Eco-Friendly Fashion means. Environmentally Friendly Fashion, also known as sustainable fashion, is when the production of fashion or the final piece inflicts little to no harm to the environment. Most clothing isn’t eco-friendly. Maybe the materials of the clothing consist of plastic, or they waste a lot of the materials along the way. There are a lot of companies that re-use plastic water bottles and turn them into jeans…hint, I did a blog post for that. A major part of clothing production has to do with water usage. Cleaning the materials, the machines, and all sorts of other things. “The average T-shirt uses 400 to 600 gallons of water to produce” (Marsilla Racco). It would be really hard to make a 100% Eco-Friendly Item, because of all the things going into the production of just one thing.
Non-Environment Friendly Fashion isn’t just bad for the environment. Most of the time, sustainable fashion has a larger impact on your health and the economy. Think about it, clothing made up of bad, synthetic materials can’t be good for you skin or body. A lot of people who have allergies find that more organic clothing is better for them. It affects animals. Anything made of leather or fur obviously means an animal died. The sustainable fashion item means an organic fashion item, which means no animals were harmed either.
There are a lot of companies that do follow eco-friendly practices. A more well-known company that may not primarily be about fashion was about beauty though, is Lush. They support standing against animal cruelty, reusing and reducing waste, and efficiently producing their product. People tree is a very popular company, that I really like. I haven’t ordered anything because it is mainly for adults, and I’m still a teen. Sometimes a brand’s purpose won’t surround eco-friendly stuff, but they come out with various products that specifically are about sustainability. Research always helps too.
There are also a lot of companies that don’t follow eco-friendly practices. For the most part, seeing the words eco-friendly on something draws you in right away. It can be misleading which makes it hard to decipher which brands are sustainable and which ones aren’t.
“Ok, but how do I tell if a brand is sustainable?” Like I said before, a lot of brands use the term Eco-Friendly as an advertising tactic. And because of that, we have a harder role of digging deeper into the truth. Most labels will have the fabric material makeup or a disclaimer for some sort of certification. Click here to see more. Don’t always believe what brands say, but don’t shut them down right away either. I recommend watching the True Cost on Netflix for a lot more info.
And what about Fair Labor? Fair labor is when the people behind the clothing, in the production system, are being treated fairly and as humans. The harsh truth is that almost every single company has ethical violations, and sometimes, no one even knows. It’s really hard to keep track of every single factory when they are scattered across the world. That definitely doesn’t give anyone a pass, but it does explain some of the ignorance surrounding the lack of progression. It may not be the first thing that comes into mind when you think of sustainable fashion, but it’s just as important and plays a big role.
Here are some ways you can make sure your supporting the right companies, and are doing your best to prevent a lot of the problems. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE! A really simple way to live a more eco-friendly life with fashion, reuse and recycle clothes. I do this a lot when I sew, it’s called upcycling. Don’t get rid of something if you can still use it, or don’t throw it away. Clothing can be donated or re-worn and even passed down. My family uses old shirts with stains as rags and towels for the kitchen. DO YOUR RESEARCH! Look up online to see how sustainable the brand is, down below, I have some good resources for that. If you buy something, wear it. A lot goes into one piece of clothing. I know it can be hard to not get tempted to buying something you don’t need, but everyone should really try. It’s more a symbolic thing, where you are appreciating everything going into an item, or even preventing that item from being wasted.
I hope you enjoyed this post! There is a lot of ignorance surrounding this type of fashion, and I hope you gained something from this. I know that I learned a lot from writing this, and I really think that I found a new appreciation for Sustainable Fashion and the brands that support it. If you have any questions, feel free to comment + I also have a contact page on the menu bar you can check out for questions or business inquiries. One last thing before we get started, I’ve been working on my photography skills + the quality of the pictures. They are getting better, and I think I’m becoming more comfortable showing my face and actually being in the pictures. I hope you like them! Thank you so much for reading!
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