Sustainable fashion design is very near and dear to my heart. I love shopping so much and sometimes it's a challenge to think about the sustainable side of my choices. Here are 5 reasons why it's a good idea to consider it.
|Adidas By Stella McCartney....Waterless dyeing system|
1.....Sustainable clothing has more personality than clothes that aren't made with a conscience. There, I said it. Our clothes are cooler. Someone, usually the designer, has taken a ton of time to consider how to make that item of clothing better. They've most likely considered it from all angles. That means the product you have in your hand is the result of careful, responsible choices and a helluva lot of heart.
2....Child labor is a very real occurrence in this world. There are still places where kids are made to work to make that gorgeous but suspiciously affordable shirt you're about to buy. Why? Kids don't know about fair work practices. They're probably not going to complain about not getting a full 2 weeks vacation and they're certainly not going to sit their boss down and demand a union. They're also not aware that they're earning less than half their American adult counterparts. They're just kids.
3....As long as we're being honest, I'll tell you my age. I'm 30. Yup! 30 and proud! I'm starting to think about babies and the type of world I want my kids to live in. Firstly, I want there to BE an earth for them to live in. I'd like them to not have to walk around with face masks because of pollution. I want the world to be cleaner, better, more sustainable and more ethical than the one I live in. That starts with me and my choices.
4....This is the future of fashion. With more and more blogs, newspaper articles, groups, etc. focusing on the topic of sustainable fashion, more people are becoming aware. Awareness is all we ask for. When you go to buy that cute shirt, as long as you're considering where it comes from and where it might end up, we're happy. The buying public is becoming smarter and asking more questions. They're demanding answers, too. It's only a matter of years before every fashion house is held to these standards and there is no such thing as sustainable fashion. It'll just be the norm.
5....Who doesn't want to sleep better at night? Knowing you took your hard-earned money and supported a local designer, or that you're not paying the wages for some 12 year old in a foreign country....that feeling of knowing you've doen better with your clothing choices....that's immeasurable.
There are so many more reasons to go sustainable. Feel free to share them with me.
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