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The Slow Fashion Movement. Today’s mainstream fashion industry relies on globalised, mass production where garments are transformed from the design stage to the retail floor in only a few weeks. With retailers selling the latest fashion trends at very low prices, consumers are easily swayed to purchase more than they need. But this overconsumption comes with a hidden price tag, and it is the environment and workers in the supply chain that pay. The fashion industry is contributing to today’s sustainability challenge in a number of ways. It currently uses a constant flow of natural resources to produce ‘Fast Fashion’ garments. In the way it operates, this industry is constantly contributing to the depletion of fossil fuels, used, for example, in textile & garment production and transportation. Using this metaphor we can draw the conclusion that if we do not want to ‘hit the narrowing walls of the funnel,’ we must re-design the current unsustainable practices in society, including the fashion industry. 1. 2. 3. 4.

If You Care About Women, It Might Be Time to Think Twice About Where You Shop. Black Friday is coming, and we know the thrill of finding a "fast fashion" item — that cheap shirt from H&M or the perfect skinny jeans from Forever 21 — is a special kind of high.

If You Care About Women, It Might Be Time to Think Twice About Where You Shop

But in that victorious, post-purchase haze, how much do we think about how those clothes were made? Most mass-market clothing is produced overseas, where labor costs are considerably cheaper. In fact, 97% of clothing sold in the United States is imported, according to a 2014 report from the American Apparel & Footwear Association. Many cheap clothing items are made by workers in poor conditions, for low pay — and most of those workers are women. The working women behind our clothes: Women comprise about 80% of garment workers worldwide, by many counts. Why is it women who fill the factories? The Myth of the Ethical Shopper. Michael Hobbes There’s this video that went viral earlier this year.

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper

On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of sewing machines. “Meet Manisha,” the screen reads, dissolving to a close-up of a girl in a headscarf who looks about 16. “Do you still want to buy this shirt?” Business ideas for 2015: Ethical fashion brand.

Ethical and sustainable fashion is no longer sidelined as just for ‘hippies’.

Business ideas for 2015: Ethical fashion brand

In fact, it’s emerging as a cutting edge and popular fashion niche, with fashion houses like Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCarthy endorsing the movement and a host of superstars launching ethical fashion collaborations. From Emma Watson’s work with People Tree to Ben Affleck’s collaboration with Toms, and most recently Pharrell Williams’ denim range with G-Star – RAW for the Oceans – that is made from recycled plastic taken from the sea, ethical fashion is becoming increasingly trendy. Consumers are also becoming more concerned about the provenance of fashion, especially since the collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April 2013, the deadliest garment industry accident in human history. INTERVIEW WITH ORSOLA DE CASTRO. ORSOLA DE CASTRO BEGAN UP-CYCLING IN 1997 WITH HER ORIGINAL LABEL 'FROM SOMEWHERE' THE FIRST TO TAKE LUXURY PRE-CONSUMER TEXTILE WASTE AND RE-MAKE IT INTO A NEW COLLECTION.

INTERVIEW WITH ORSOLA DE CASTRO.

FROM SOMEWHERE’S COLLABORATIONS INCLUDE ROBE DI KAPPA, JIGSAW, SPEEDO AND TESCO (FOR WHICH THEY WON BEST FASHION ACCESSORY AT THE 2010 OBSERVER ETHICAL AWARDS). IN 2006, ORSOLA AND HER PARTNER LAUNCHED ESTHETICA AT LONDON FASHION WEEK UNDER THE BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL, TO SHOWCASE LABELS DESIGNING SUSTAINABLY. RECENTLY, ORSOLA CREATED 'RECLAIM TO WEAR', RESULTING IN COLLABORATIONS WITH RETAILERS SUCH AS TOPSHOP AS WELL AS PROJECTS WITH CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS AND HONG KONG DESIGN INSTITUTE. Fashion Week hits New York, but what about the industry's toll on workers and the environment? A few years ago I was sitting at a meeting discussing the state of “ethical fashion” with a group of very influential fashionistas.

Fashion Week hits New York, but what about the industry's toll on workers and the environment?

One of them scornfully commented, scrunching up her Botox-injected face, “Oh, but this saving the planet thing is so worthy.” It was as if, on Planet Fashion, “worthy” meant dull. Dreaming in Green. Since 2013, Rêve En Vert has been at the forefront of the sustainable fashion industry offering carefully selected apparel and accessories for the eco luxury obsessed.

Dreaming in Green

The online retailer based in London sells garments from designers and brands that comply with its ethical standards: quality, respect and longevity. QUALITY | Quality fashion made from a place of consciousness RESPECT | Designers who operate their businesses with respect for people and the planet. What Does Slow Fashion Need to be Successful? Have you noticed how some “green” or “ethical” brands these days want to make you think you are helping the world or solving a big picture problem, like human rights or climate change?

What Does Slow Fashion Need to be Successful?

The sales pitch went from “this is a great product” to “buying this will make you feel good about yourself”. As much as I applaud some of the efforts new brands are making to offer more transparency about their supply chain and underlying production methods, all of that is worthless if you don’t have a great product. The_Future_of_Fashion_-_In_Facts_Figures___The_Ethical_Fashion_Source_(20150109) Market_Report_20121. Ethical clothes sales go from rags to riches. Once associated with being frumpy and boring, latest research from Mintel finds sales of ethical clothing have more than quadrupled in the last five years to reach £175 million in 2009 as British consumers step out in style with a clear conscience.

Ethical clothes sales go from rags to riches

The market for ethical clothing is going from strength to strength, as consumers continue to seek out clothing that takes into consideration the impact of production and trade on the environment and on the people behind the clothes we wear. In recent years there has been an emergence of many more independents supplying the ethical clothing market from both the UK and abroad.

Ethical consumer markets report 2013. Sustainable Fashion: A Growing Trend. Sustainable fashion, also known as eco fashion, is part of the larger growing trend of creating more sustainable, environmentally friendly and ethical products.

Sustainable Fashion: A Growing Trend

Whilst there is a lack of consensus over definitions, the environmental sourcing and manufacture of materials, reduction of carbon footprint, and safety of consumers and laborers, remain important. Christian Kemp-Griffin, chief mission officer at Edun, an eco-fashion brand that focuses on fair trade for its producers in Africa, says, “Ethical companies make thoughtful decisions and sell product thinking about the people who make the clothes – wages, human rights, health and safety – and the planet – energy use, biodiversity, organic – which boils the definition of sustainable, ethical clothes down to: product that benefits people and the planet”. How Sustainable Fashion Is Ruining the Industry. 1 Granary, a print and online publication out of Central Saint Martins University of the Arts in London has launched a series of articles on ethically-made fashion.

How Sustainable Fashion Is Ruining the Industry

But their first interview subject balked at the title they had in mind for the section: “Sustainable Fashion.” Orsola de Castro, a pioneer in, well, sustainable fashion, makes the point that labelling it as such is not doing any favors for designers who hand-make their garments, who pay attention to where their fabrics are sourced, and who use every last piece of it because they can’t afford to buy more. Those are all sustainable practices, she says, but it’s simply fashion, and shouldn’t call for a special label. It’s those in the industry who are churning out mountains of clothing and not paying attention to how they do it who deserve a special label. Also, 1 Granary was left wondering what they should call their special series on responsibly-produced fashion. Top 11 Eco Fashion Blogs & How To Pitch To Them. Whether you’re looking for more customers, buyers or stockists, press coverage is essential.

Pitching to bloggers can be tough, so I’ve tracked down eleven of the hottest eco bloggers out there to find out what makes them tick, how they like to be pitched to and what plain annoys the heck out of them! 1. Sustainable fashion top tweeters list. For eco-fashionistas, February has shaped up well so far. Sustainable fashion. The rise and stall of the ethical shopper.

Words apparently speak louder than actions when it comes to ethical shopping. Animal welfare, the environment and fair trade are weighing more heavily than ever on consumers' minds, a new IGD survey reveals (see far right). Sixty nine per cent of people say they are interested in products that have been made taking animal welfare into consideration. Nearly half are interested in fairly traded goods and almost a third in organic. 10 affordable ethical fashion brands you need to know about. Futerra BSR Selling Sustainability 2015. What motivates consumers to make ethically conscious decisions? There is a hunger for information from companies that are seeking to understand how to build their businesses on the back of being more sustainable. Major brands in particular say they are keen to build trust in their products by becoming more environmentally and ethically conscious but are prepared only to invest if they can see it will add to the bottom line.

But while there is an enormous body of knowledge on how to encourage customers to consume more, there remains far less understanding about what motivates them to make more ethical choices, especially during what is likely to be a prolonged period of economic austerity. This is why new ethical living research conducted in the UK by YouGov, and replicated by Guardian News & Media (GNM) among its own panel of readers, makes interesting reading. One source of optimism comes from confirmation that the economic downturn has not dented people's desire to minimise their impact on the environment and their spend on ethical products. 5 Easy Ways To Make Ethical Choices When You Buy Clothes. Last April, 1,133 people were killed when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Bangladesh, injuring an additional 2,500 people.

It was an event too big to go unseen, and brought to the forefront a necessary conversation about the production of our clothing. Most of us already pay attention to where our food comes from, we try to reduce the emissions of our transportation, and we even make an effort with our personal care and cleaning products to choose non-toxic and biodegradable formulas.

So why haven't we applied the same awareness to our wardrobes? BFW - Exclusive Interview with new sustainability designer Claire Poggio. Fashion Revolution Day Founder Carry Somers On Why Sustainable Fashion Needs To Become The Norm. Like most good ideas, the realisation that the world was in need of a Fashion Revolution came to Carry Somers while she was sitting in the bath. She was having soak after a stressful day on 24 April 2013 - the day of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. As a sustainable fashion advocate and the founder of Pachacuti - a accessories brand dedicated to using environmentally friendly materials and Fair Trade production - Somers was particularly disturbed by the events that killed 1,134 people. "It was a feeling of shock, but also an awful feeling of inevitability," she tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle. What Is Ethical Fashion? - Stop Traffick Fashion.

Eco Stylishness - Eco Warrior Princess. Dissertation proposals & writing dissertations. Print book This book takes you through all the elements needed for a successful dissertation proposal and dissertation. The book explains the sections required for both proposal and dissertation, and offers helpful downloadable templates to assist with the presentation.

Dissertation proposals & writing dissertations Getting Started Writing both your dissertation proposal and your dissertation will utilise the skills you have developed throughout your course. This book will cover: Sustainable Fashion. SUSTAINABLE STYLE. Fashion Dissertation Topics. First of all, apologies for neglecting the blog. How Small Start-Ups Are Tackling Big Challenges In Slow Fashion. MISSION — MANUFACTURE NEW YORK. Fashion Revolution. SustainableDesigners.org. The GreenShows. How much do you normally spend on your clothing? If you are like most average Americans, you have likely grown accustomed to spending around $10 on a t-shirt and around $100 on a more intricate item (say, a dress, jacket or shoes).

Unfortunately, these prices that so many of us are used to are too low. In the past 20 years of fast fashion’s cutthroat race to the bottom, we have lost touch with what clothing actually costs and why. The GreenShows, Helping the Fashion Industry Turn A Different Shade of Green. Ethical Fashion Forum.

Coco Eco GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK! Smart. Sexy. Sustainable. Ecoluxe London. Sustainable Chic Fashion Labels to Know Now. Can big brands catch up on sustainable fashion? The Centre for Sustainable Fashion provokes, challenges and questions the fashion status quo. Through collaboration we design transforming solutions that. Ethical and Sustainable Fashion — Question for Short Debate: 19 Mar 2013: House of Lords debates. Top Ten Ethical Issues in a Fashion Business. Alana_James-DesignPhDConference2011. Ethical Fashion reading list. Ethical Fashion. Ethical fashion debate in Parliament. Ethical Fashion Debate.