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30 Fair Trade Clothing Brands That Are Betting Against Fast Fashion — The Good Trade

30 Fair Trade Clothing Brands That Are Betting Against Fast Fashion — The Good Trade
On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza tragedy killed over 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh and wounded over 2,200 more. The incident left consumers all over the world questioning who makes the clothes we wear everyday and in what kind of conditions? Documentaries like The True Cost shine a light on how the fast fashion industry depletes the earth’s resources and leverages slave labor to pass on a "cheap" cost to the end consumer. As consumers, we have become increasingly conscious about our purchases, channeling the power of our vocalized objections to make a positive difference for the people involved in the making of our clothes and goods. Four years following the Rana Plaza tragedy, dozens of slow fashion brands have emerged dedicated to ethical and sustainable practices. The 35 companies we have listed below are some of our favorite ethical alternatives to fast fashion companies.

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A Must-Watch Fast Fashion Documentary Is Now On Netflix In the era of social media, the fashion industry has gotten faster. Trends go viral, and manufacturers like Zara, Uniqlo, and H&M have responded by transforming from seasonal lines, often planned a year in advance, to clothing that goes from factory to store shelves in a matter of weeks. But there’s a price to all of this surprisingly cheap clothing. The True Cost, a documentary by Andrew Morgan that’s hitting Netflix this week, examines fast fashion’s unadvertised sins, from unregulated production that caused a factory collapse killing more than 1,000 people in Bangledesh in 2013, to the toxic waste spewed out by factories producing disposable garments, to attempts at unionization that are thwarted by violence. Luckily, it’s a topic that’s getting more attention. In 2013, journalist Elizabeth Cline investigated the industry in her book Over-Dressed.

'Toddler Grandma Style,' The Fashion Approach That Will Set You Free Ever heard Jenny Joseph’s poem that begins “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple / with a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,” and dreamed of being one of those devil-may-care old ladies? Or listened to an expecting friend talk enthusiastically about how fun it is to shop for baby clothes—the prints! The colors! The animal-hooded onesies that are basically the comfy Halloween costumes of your dreams!—and wished that you could have that much fun with clothes?

The 16 Most Affordable Ethical, Sustainable, and Eco-Friendly Fashion Nichole is the founder of the Joie de Vivre blog. A lot of people are under the impression that only the upper class can afford eco-friendly fashion. A decade or so ago this may have been the case, but so many conscious brands have emerged in recent years, ‘conscious consumption’ is now available to the masses. So what exactly do I mean by affordable? When I say affordable, I’m not talking prices that match those found at Forever 21.

Fast Fashion Is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World, Next to Big Oil “The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world … second only to oil,” the recipient of an environmental award told a stunned Manhattan audience earlier this year. “It’s a really nasty business … it’s a mess.” While you’d never hear an oil tycoon malign his bonanza in such a way, the woman who stood at the podium, Eileen Fisher, is a clothing industry magnate. On a warm spring night at a Chelsea Piers ballroom on the Hudson River, Fisher was honored by Riverkeeper for her commitment to environmental causes. She was self-deprecating and even apologetic when speaking about the ecological impact of clothing, including garments tagged with her own name. Fisher’s critique may have seemed hyperbolic, but she was spot-on.

Life Lessons From Wearing The Same Little Black Dress For 30 Days  (All photos: Megan and friends) With the weather getting colder, the author kept thinking about children who don't have warm winter clothing. To draw attention to their needs, Megan Radford challenged herself to wear the same little black dress every day for a month. Sustainable but not necessarily healthy TENCEL® has gained favorable acceptance within the mainstream fashion industry and also in the eco-fashion industry as being a natural fiber that has a flattering drape and is soft, luxurious, breathable, naturally wrinkle-resistant, and environmentally sustainable. TENCEL® is the brand name owned by Lenzing Fibers of Austria for a recently improved fabric from a fiber generically called lyocell. The name “Tencel” has gained popular acceptance but the fabrics that are popularly called “Tencel” are actually lyocell.

Textile Fabrics Industry Overview Trends & Growth Report The Global fabrics industry overview suggests drastic technological changes resulting in increased quantity and quality of fabrics and a decrease in overhead and labor costs. New innovations in fabric manufacturing is fast changing the face of the industry. Due to globalization and liberalization, the fabric makers in one country face competition not only from domestic but also from international manufacturers.

How To Downsize Your Wardrobe Without Downsizing Your Space  My condo is tiny. As in itty-bitty. 636 square feet split between my two kids, my dog and myself. But as a single mom on a budget, with limited options in my kids' school district, I make it work. The result of living in such tight quarters is that I have to be pretty ruthless. If we don't use it, need it or love it, it's out. The other thing that's come out of living in a small space is that I've inadvertently created a capsule-ish wardrobe.

TOP 5, The best eco-friendly fibers - RESPETERRE Share Translated with the help of Lucie Battaglia. Thank you Lucie! The 10 Biggest Exporting Countries in the World Just like any business, a country has to sell its products to earn money. Here is a list of the 10 biggest exporting countries in the world. 10. United Kingdom – $479.2 billion Prices for Common Clothing Alterations - Real Simple When it comes to how well you look in your clothing, a good fit makes all the difference. For the very best (albeit potentially costly) fit possible, buy your clothes a size larger and have them altered by a tailor. Here, Ken Grippi, a technical consultant and a tailor for Dependable Cleaners, a New England-based chain, details prices for some typical modifications.