Slow down for sustainability: Your guide to Vegan Fashion
What is Fast Fashion?
inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends.
It’s no secret that the fast fashion industry is damaging to our environment. It is said that by 2050, global clothing sales could more than triple. With retailers using cheap means of production to mimic the latest trends to be delivered to the masses, this leads to over-consumption and subsequently, the production and often the final product can be of low quality.
Due to the need to keep up with changing trends, people may also only wear these garments a few times, leading to more waste. So what can be done about this sustainability crisis?
SHOP SECOND HAND.
CHOOSE FAIR TRADE.
CHOOSE QUALITY OVER QUANTITY.
Some good ways to ensure that you are consuming in ethical ways include:
- Shopping local: The fewer air miles that your items have, the better.
- Ensure that the materials are Vegan and Cruelty-Free.
- Support brands that help with breaking the cycle of poverty and creating ethical employment in third world countries.
- Keep it organic: Harsh dyes, toxic chemicals and synthetic materials can seep into water supplies in foreign countries.
Arthur & Henry
Ethos: Organic, Ethical, Fair-Trade
They take inspiration from the “made do and mend” era. They reduce, reuse and recycle. They also donate 1% of their profits to charity.
What they sell: Clean, High-Quality Men's Shirts
Ethos: Est in 1991.
They use traditional artisan skills to make their clothes. They use ethical standards from start to finish. Whilst they’re creating employment in rural areas, they’re also manufacturing their products without the use of harsh dyes or chemicals.
What they sell: Organic, Fair Trade, Vegan Clothing for Women
Ethos: They use innovative means of production, using fabrics such as green PU coating and recycled PET, from plastic bottles. They are in the process of reducing single-use plastic in their supply chain to zero. They donate to the Sumatran Orangutan Society who are restoring natural rainforests and ecosystems and repurpose palm oil factories.
What they sell: Casual wear for Men and Women.
Ethos: They’re creating fashion for the future by taking part in the ‘slow fashion revolution’. Their products are made in a local London factory and are never mass-produced. Their fabrics are locally sourced, sustainable and organic.“It’s time to stop overbuying and instead choose stuff you love and invest in it. We believe there is a better way.” - P.i.C Style
What they sell: Pieces for women for a super stylish capsule wardrobe
Ethos: They put the planet first, creating top-quality and organic children’s clothing. They donate 1% of profits to charity and have fantastic company values.
What they sell: Organic baby and children’s clothing, amongst other organic goodies for men, women and home.
Now you can look great and FEEL great about what you’re wearing. Why not get your friends involved too? Share what you have learned today and organise a clothes swap or donate those unwanted clothes to charity.
“Buy less, choose well, make it last.” - Vivienne Westwood