If you don’t think you need to be more ethical in your fashion choices then please click this link to see the shrinking Aral Sea
A sea that was once the size of Ireland has almost vanished. It has been been destroyed by the cotton industry, turning the region into a giant dust bowl, and leaving communities devastated.
It has never been more important to start make more ethical choices in terms of what you wear. Here is how to do it, in brief:
- Choose environmentally friendly fibres grown from sustainable crops. Hemp, linen, bamboo and organic cotton are all positive choices. Tencel is also environmentally friendly. Eucalyptus trees are grown in planted forests that are pesticide free. Natural fibres that are breathable, feel fabulous to wear, and are so much kinder to the planet.
- Choose environmentally friendly production processes. This means the manufacturers not using dyes and toxic chemicals that harm and pollute. Look out for azo-free dyes, which do not contain carcinogenic and toxic compounds, and have a low environmental impact.
- Choose fair pay and humane work conditions for those making the clothes. See what steps the manufacturer is taking to ensure the people who make the clothes are not exploited and do not suffer.
- Choose traditionally made textiles that keep skilled crafts people and the communities they work in alive and thriving.
- Choose to re-use and recycle Buying ethical doesn’t mean buying new. The amount of clothes that are being thrown away is vast – apparently, according to a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, this equates to a truckload wasted every second across the world! Wearing preloved clothes is one of the very best ways to be ethical on a budget.
Please start 2019 with a resolution that is not hard to follow through on, and will make a real difference to the earth and its peoples.
For an ethical fashion brand that ticks all the boxes please see the Nila Rubia collection at Conscious Apparel