Fashion or particularly the type of fashion we embrace has become a hot topic among those of interest as many feel the responsibility to dress without compromising on mother earth and ethical labor policy.
Can you really blame them?
The fashion industry is claimed to be the second largest polluter in the world and for our future children to live in a bearable environment, sustainable fashion is a responsible shift. So if you’re making that shift, read on and figure out on ways you can compensate and make small changes to benefit the planet.
1) Educate Yourself with Documentaries & books
Sustainable fashion takes many small details into consideration. What better and less boring way to grasp on to facts than to watch documentaries showcasing various angles from the workers to fashion experts and scenarios.
The true cost is one of the most impactful documentaries ever made that will shake us to the core. A harsh reality of the fast fashion industry, this documentary unravels torturing labor conditions at Rana Plaza before it collapsed in 2013, killing 1134 people. While these workers issued their complaints, the industries and the factories sourcing the garments were making enough money to blind them of the inhumane working conditions. Upon shedding light on the issues, many fashion industry, and well- known figures stepped in and began voicing out.
For the book worms, Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution By Safia Minney will give you an idea of what goes into making fashion more sustainable. Additionally, featuring stories from designers, models, and journalists alike—people like Emma Watson and Vivienne Westwood—discussing all that goes into a more green fashion industry.
2) Support Local Sustainable Brands
Sustainable fashion has given locals a base to venture into a new market with some brands exceeding expectations by representing fashion and comfort without exploiting workers or the earth. Take Matter Prints as an example. Not only do they celebrate cultures and heritage through their prints but they also empower the lives of crafters and artisans whose trades are slowly dying.
Ubu Swimwear is our favorite sustainable swimwear brand such as Luxe Botanics changing the world with swimwear made to last and shine throughout all season. Made to support your body while designing it referring to the current style, they use Carvico Vita fabric which is a luxury Italian fabric, thus producing wears that are more resistant to chlorine, suncreams, and oils than alternatives and has the highest possible UV protection rating (UPF 50+).
Other exceptional local brands include Indosole and Indiigo Culture among many others fighting for what’s worth in their own unique way.