What is Sustainable Fashion? Some Quick Tips.


Sustainable fashion has become a bit of a buzz word, which certainly raises the question: What is sustainable fashion?

According to Wikipedia, Sustainable fashion is "a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility."

Sounds great, right? Here are some things you should be looking for in sustainable fashion:

1) Impact on the environment.

What to look for: Vegetable dyes, Vegetable tanned leather (when working with tanneries, investigate how they treat their waste water, since in traditional vegetable tanning the waste water is treated and can safely go back into the environment.), non plastic products, or if it does contain plastic, has it been upcycled? Upcycled materials as close to the original product as possible.

2) Social responsibility.

What to look for: Does this item provide a living wage for those who made it? Is their employment sustainable, day after day and year after year? Aurora James of Brother Vellies once brought up a very important point about how a large order may be good one year but can it sustain those who made it for years to come? How does this work affect the artisans home environment? Is it creating more waste for their community to manage or live with?

Ideally the only impact that the business and or product has on people and our planet is a positive one. Ultimately we have a lot of power in where we put our money to create the planet we are dreaming of.

The key is to be curious, and ask questions. We all have a sense of what is good for our planet and the people we share it with, the trick is to listen to that sense.

If you have any tips of yours to share, feel free to share in the comments!