In this age of fast fashion, when everything takes the commercial route, it is hard to stick to something that is thinking of holistic good. That’s a truth that prevails with the majority. Most people don’t really care about what is wrong and right when it comes to selecting their clothes.
But there is a class of people who are increasingly realizing the importance of sustainable fashion and making their move towards doing the good to the environment. They are owning and promoting businesses and practices that take up conscious procurement of material, adopt minimal waste processes, implement fair-wage policies, go with an ethical course of production, and emphasize on the organic and eco-friendly choice of clothing.
This is still a smaller portion of people, but is growing at a substantial pace, and is potentially changing the face of sustainable fashion.
If you are too one from the conscious tribe and would like to adopt and contribute to sustainable ethical clothing as a user, there’s more than one way you can do this.
- Choosing the right material
There’s a lot that is available in the market in the name of fashion. There are attractive, cheap, and trending fashion that may dupe you against the real good organic clothing.
You have to be alert when choosing your clothing material. Hang around sustainable and naturally-derived fabrics like cotton, linen, and viscose. Along with handwoven khadi, recycled bamboo, and vegan silk fabrics that are more about creating fashion that cares for environment and life.
And these are not hard to fetch when you have the clarity and motive to choose eco-friendly and ethical fashion over the insensitive synthetic clothing.
- Support local trade craft clusters
Now, this is a barely thought-about point but is much valid when it comes to supporting sustainable practices of fashion. Going by the local manufacturers and suppliers who adopt indigenous roles and engage local weavers and artisans promoting handloom crafts, greatly contribute to the environmental good.
Besides, this lets the patronage of traditional craft to continue to create the equilibrium in the work cultures that are more dominated by the hyper-engineered commercially-inclined production practices that least think about the work and environmental ethics.
- Say no to sweatshops and labor exploitation
A great way to assure the ethical value of clothing is by looking at how it has treated people and resources in the course of making. If the conditions and policies that take over the process of production are not favorable for laborers and exploiting them to create your fashion, it is not worth wearing.
If the business is not providing for fair wages, basic amenities, and humanitarian practices, it should not be considered at any point if you want to support ethical fashion that is created morally and justly.
- Going with the business that least impacts nature
Most of the large foreign-investment clothing manufacturing plants and technology-intensive production houses are driven by pure commercial motives. They are bound to adopt practices that least care for the environment.
These bulk production facilities mostly engage in profitable format and process of working that involves high power consumption, toxic waste release, use of dissolute material, and capital-intensive practices that have a radical effect on resources and are harsh on nature.
Which should keep you from exchanging value from such providers and instead choose indigenous organic businesses over them.
- Recycle, up-cycle, donate
Organic clothing offers better utility and value. These are made out of bio-degradable and recyclable fibers and material that do not end up in landfills and pollute rivers. And much gainfully, these can be recreated and refurbished many times to be used in a new form.
Making the most of this innate virtue of organic clothing, you can opt to give these garments away to the NGOs and reprocessing units that serve charities.
Free from harmful chemicals and dyes, these can be used in any form and by anyone, creating a larger community value that synthetic and processed clothing can never offer.
These all are progressive attempts in the direction of going sustainable and ethical clothing with your fashion. These get you to make a virtuous selection with clothing that is good for your health, environment, and society, and contributes to the holistic welfare that aims at creating a better life for all. Just by making a conscious attempt at choosing the right clothes, you make that impact count and the idea conveyed quite visibly and viably!