What’s Ethical Fashion and How Does It Differ from Other Fashion Trends?

Ethical fashion, something new, huh? Ethical fashion can be simply defined as the production of textile with a conscience. This was championed by designer Katherine Hamnett. Corporations nowadays are starting to recognize the importance of ethical business and environment protection.  There has been a dramatic increase in the number of textile producers and fashion designers who are trying their hard to produce goods without causing harmful effects on the environment and are becoming more worker-friendly workplace.  Producers from all over the world have already acknowledged the significance of ethical fashion.  The concept, however is very much limited to the use of organic raw materials thus, extensive is needed still to be able to fully standardize the practice of ethical fashion. 

Ethical fashion as opposed to other fashion trends differs in a lot of ways.  First and foremost is their use of organic raw materials while the other fashion trends use artificial raw materials or the combination of both.  In ethical fashion, the consumers are ensured that in the process of producing the goods, no harm or any detrimental effects on the environment and to the people involved in the production.

Ethical fashion, as mentioned several times already, is using organic raw materials for textile and clothing production.  If we, consumers, buy these clothing which for example is made from organic cotton, we will be able to help minimize the toxic effects of pesticides on people and on the planet as a whole.  Pesticides, for your information can cause an estimated 20,000 deaths and 3 million cases of severe poisoning in mostly developing countries each year.

Recycling is one of the ways to keep up with this upcoming trend, the ethical fashion.  As we would see, vintage look have become the “it” thing in the fashion industry.  Some clothing companies use those unwanted fabric that would usually go to the landfill and recycle it and come up with a new design of clothing.  They would redesign these ‘junk’ and make it into something new, hip and chic.  This recycling of unwanted fabric helps in decreasing the landfill and helps to reduce the carbon footprint of clothes manufacturers.

On top of this all, in the ethical fashion industry, no one worker is harmed.

So, the next time you go shopping, try to ask yourself, should I buy something to simply just please myself and not think of what the environment had to sacrifice to finish this one piece of shirt or should I buy something which has been made with no detrimental effects of people and on the environment?  Think about it.

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