What is ethical fashion?

What is ethical fashion? There are varying definitions of ethical fashion. In simple terms, its an approach to the design, sourcing and manufacture of clothing which is both socially and environmentally conscious. More specifically, ethical fashion incorporates the following,

  • Fair wages, working conditions and workers rights
  • Supports sustainable livelihoods
  • Avoids toxic pesticide and chemical use
  • Uses eco-friendly fabrics and components
  • Minimises water use
  • Recycling and energy efficiency

According to Earth Pledge, a non-profit organization NPO committed to promoting and supporting sustainable development, at least 8,000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into textiles and 25 percent of the worlds pesticides are used to grow non-organic cotton. This causes irreversible damage to people and the environment, and still two thirds of a garments carbon footprint will occur after it is purchased.

“We know the risks to children’s health but we are forced to give up the children for cotton each season otherwise we will starve.” –¬†Unknown farmer, Uzbekistan¬†

Eco-friendly fashion is becoming popular with some big names. An increasing number of Hollywood celebrities have been associated with sustainable fashion, including Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz, Alicia Silverstone, Adrian Grenier, Jennifer Aniston and Salma Hayek. Celebrities, models, and designers such as Stella McCartney, Rogan Gregory, Peter Ingwersen, Ali Hewson, Bono, and Summer Rayne Oakes have all recently drawn attention to socially-conscious and environmentally friendly fashion.

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