Throughout the life of our website and social media pages, I have strived to not only be 100% honest with my words and intent, but I have also strived to DO better. To research, to share, to grow, to listen, to understand, and to work towards a better tomorrow.
One of the ways that our family has grown (by leaps and bounds) is with our conscious purchases. Not only by embracing minimalism but by researching the sustainability, practices, transparency, and ethics of each and every company that we open our wallets for.
The fact of the matter is, clothes should absolutely not cost less than your morning latte.
If you are not paying for it, someone else is and that someone else is usually an exploited woman or child on the other side of the globe.
The shadiness of the fast fashion industry is so unbelievable that I cannot fathom how any of these shops are still standing. It breaks my heart to realize that the truth of the matter is; most shoppers could care less because the prices are so low and the deals are just “too good to pass up.”
Slow and sustainable fashion lines take up to a year to properly make quality, fair trade, and sustainable clothing. This is the clothing that the majority of us wore prior to the 2000s.
In the fast fashion world, new styles and “seasons” come every two weeks. This is made possible by subcontracting overseas and to the absolute LOWEST bidder (despite working conditions, safety conditions, sexual harassment, and child labor). There is no long term commitment with these companies and the fast fashion brands can dump them as quickly as they take them on so the bidding goes lower and lower and lower…
The hour’s increase, the pressure rises, the breaks are gone, the wages decrease, the safety guidelines are out the window, the rights of the workers are a joke and this has led to death in Dhaka and The Rana Plaza Building.
The conditions are not only in 3rd world countries, but they also exist in places like Los Angeles and New York City.
It’s not only the workers that are in distress, but it is also the people buying these clothes.
Toxic Chemicals: The alarming amount of toxic chemicals used to produce fast fashion clothing ( silicone waxes, petroleum scours, softeners, heavy metals, flame retardants, ammonia, and formaldehyde) can enter the body through the skin and children are much more in danger of harmful reactions. Young children in the U.S. now have some of the highest levels of flame retardants in their blood worldwide.
Debt: Western buyers are finding themselves in more fashion debt than ever before due to constant marketing, sex appeal, advertisements, and social media influencers. These garments end up in the landfill and are now the second largest polluter in the world.
The Huffington Post reports that the average American throws out 68 pounds of textiles per year
— not donates or consigns, straight-up throws in the trash. In case the sheer wastefulness isn’t enough, bear in mind that because most garments (especially fast fashion ones) are made with inexpensive, petroleum-based fibers that don’t easily decompose (such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic), they’re going to be taking up landfill space for decades to come.
The truth of the matter is: we need to seriously reevaluate where our money goes, who we support and what we actually NEED vs simply want.
I have made a promise to myself and now to you that I will only showcase brands that are fair-trade, sustainable, ethical and/or second hand.
Today I am supporting two of my favorite sustainable companies: BHAVA (vegan sustainable and absolutely comfortable shoes) and The Tote Project (Empowering women and fighting the battle against human trafficking with fair trade and sustainable totes).
When you know better, you do better. Now you know.