Well, here it is—the last post for The Happy Hemline. At least for now, anyways. I’ve had a blast doing this blog and have learned so much, and I can only hope that you all feel the same. Thank you for listening to me talk about all things ethical fashion for the past two months, but for now it’s time to move on. For my last post, I just wanted to do a wrap up of the top three lessons I hope you all take away from this blog.
- Ethical fashion doesn’t have to break the bank.
Many consumers want to shop ethically, but think that they can’t afford it. Although many ethical brands are more expensive because they use better quality materials and pay their laborers fairly, there are many ways to shop consciously on a budget. One of the least expensive ways is to shop consignment. Shopping consignment is a great way to recycle clothing, save the planet, and not go over budget. Another way is to rent your clothing. Similarly, to consignment, rental helps slow down the cycle of production. However, the best part is that while you always have something new to wear, you aren’t using the earth’s resources by causing any new garments to be made. Lastly, some ethical brands have found a sweet spot in which they are able to use sustainable materials and pay their workers fairly while still offering reasonable prices to consumers. Some of these brands include Everlane, Pact Apparel, and Able.
- You have the power to make a difference in the fashion industry.
Fast fashion continues to exist because consumers buy it. As a consumer, where you put your money shows the kind of world in which you want to live. It’s as simple as that. As long as shoppers continue to buy clothing from brands like H&M, Forever 21, and Express, the fashion industry will continue to profit from unethical practices. However, if consumers like you stop buying from these brands and start supporting ethical fashion brands and practices, the more the industry will move towards sustainability.
- We’re not the only ones who want change.
Although people like you and me do have the power to change the industry when we come together, it’s also important that industry leaders are taking notice and changing their ways. Movement leaders like Stella McCartney, Safia Minney, Andrew Morgan, and Yael Aflalo are spreading the word about the need for ethical fashion to large audiences through their brands and platforms. Major brands are beginning to take notice, and even Gucci will no longer use fur after this year. Together we can change the industry for the better—improving work conditions, wages, and materials used around the world.