Eco fashion is a term used to describe clothing and accessories that have been manufactured in an environmentally and socially conscious way. Organic, upcycled and recycled clothing, as well as garments made from the wide range of eco fabrics now available, all fall under the category of eco fashion.
New developments in the textile sector has meant that environmentally friendly textiles are now a viable alternative to conventional fabrics. Look out for garments made from organic cotton, tencel and bamboo.
Tencel and Modal are made from eucalyptus and beech wood. However German manufacturers produce these fabrics in an environmentally sustainable way to ensure minimal impact on the environment.
Organic cotton is a positive and more sustainable alternative to conventional cotton. Organic cotton, is made from non genetically modified plants, that are grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. It is altogether better for the environment, the climate and the people involved in it’s production, and feels much nicer next to your skin.
Bamboo is frequently considered an eco fabric. It is soft, creates beautiful draping and is made from a crop which grows quickly without the use of pesticides and fertilisers.
Ethical fashion refers to a moral outlook on the preparation, production and distribution of clothing and simultaneously creating a minimal impact on the environment.
It can refer to the treatment of those physically producing the clothing, and it can also refer to the environmental impacts and possible health implications surrounding the fabrics. It also refers to the way in which the clothing is produced and how it has reached the consumer.
Generally speaking, we would expect an item of ethical clothing to have been produced lawfully, non-exploitative towards those who made it, and with minimal environmental impacts with regards to production and transportation.
Be it clothing classed as fair trade, sustainable, non-exploitative, non-toxic, vegan, recycled or upcycled, all these keywords adhere to a common goal or belief: the production of fashion with a direction towards less harmful and exploitative practises, and contributing to a healthier and more harmonious world.
We can all make a contribution. By choosing ethical and eco friendly clothing, you are helping to reduce poverty and environmental damage.
Look at what you are wearing, right now. Where has it come from? How did it get to be in your possession? What is it made of? Who made it? How much energy was used to make it? What kinds of chemicals were used?
Our own individual contributions begin with awareness, you can increase your knowledge of ethical terms here. The decisions we make in our fashion purchases all have consequences.
When you buy a new item of clothing, consider it to be a long-term investment. Focus on timeless, classic garments to make additions to your wardrobe, rather than a dispensable, one-season fashion item. Wear it for as long as it is functional. Customise existing items in your wardrobe. Re-use, recycle clothing, breathe new life into tiresome old garments. Swap clothes with friends and donate unwanted items to charity.