I’ve talked about why I wanted to start a capsule wardrobe - focus less on shopping, be more creative with what I currently own & invest in quality made pieces - but I haven’t discussed why I’m also trying to make more ethical brand choices.
Honestly, it’s a little hard to remember the actual tipping point of “I want to do this!”. I already knew about Everlane and their story, which I admire and love, but then the second piece really came from digging into what makes a quality material. This spiraled into sustainable/slow fashion.
I then quickly started my frantic googling to learn more. As I started to understand what ethical & sustainable fashion is, I came across multiple stories of factory conditions that were just outrageous. The real story that hit home was the Bangladesh factory. It happened several years ago and I was never truly aware. To think that over 1,000 people died because their working conditions were not regulated properly was not ok with me on a personal level.
I’ve always had a strong interest in fashion but now looking at it through a sustainability lens I find it even more interesting. It’s also good to know that by paying attention to how things are made I can help support brands that are trying to produce goods that are not as harsh on the environment and that will last a lifetime.
Another honesty moment, there are some brands that I may never truly “give up”. My hope is that sustainable fashion becomes such a large force that big name brands start to move their processes in that direction. I know many companies have charitable organizations that they fund and while that is great I still see it as the first step. Maybe if big names changed their industry processes then some of those charities wouldn’t need to exist at all. It’s a tall order to ask but I believe it’s one of the most important ones.
As I’ve started learning about sustainable processes the more I realize it’s not a quick fix. It will take time but I truly believe that the effort and time invested will be greatly rewarded and make such a huge difference in our planet’s resources and ultimately peoples’ lives.
So to keep everyone updated on my progress & to help educate, I’ll be writing posts every now and then about what I learn during my sustainable journey.
That brings me to my first ethically made purchase - these sandal clogs! I love them. They are handmade in the US by No.6. They are extremely comfortable and much lighter than I anticipated. My goal is to try and incorporate more sustainable clothing into my wardrobe but very slowly over time. I’m developing a plan for accomplishing this which I’ll share soon! I’m also going to - and have already started to do this - include similar ethically made versions of the pieces I’m wearing in my outfit posts.