Last year I gave a seminar at the Clothes Show (videos below) hosted by the Ethical Fashion Forum. The aim was to raise awareness that there are other ways of dressing than consuming fast fashion, whether it is ethical brands or re-working your existing clothes. I hope we inspired the audience to think differently.
Finally, a comprehensive, readable book on the subject of today’s fashion industry. Lucy Seigle writes (never preaching) as a fashion conscious woman who is dis-satisfied both with what is in her wardrobe, and the means of production that put it there.
To Die For takes you to the fields where cotton is grown, areas where skins are tanned, to factories both good and far from optimal, onto the High Street and ultimately to landfill. It is thought provoking at levels above and beyond the plight of exploited and bonded labourers and questions whether the fashion we are addicted to, whether fast or luxury, serves either us or the world we live in.
Highly recommended whether the environment, human rights or fashion is your focus.
There are a few directories available now, helping you search out not just any ethical product, but a beautiful one which is fit for purpose too. Here is my pick.