I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week! Since it’s now Friday, it’s time for another useful links round-up. This week, I’m touching upon the topics of “fast fashion” and ethical shopping. These issues have been addressed on the blog a few times in the past, both by me and in a few excellent guest posts. If you’re new to the blog or would like to revisit these articles, click here to view all of the posts in the “Clothing Quality & Sustainability” category.
Today I’m sharing a few articles related to fast fashion and ethical shopping, as well as several links to ethical shopping guides. While there are a number of companies who are committed to producing clothing in socially and environmentally sound ways, I decided to link to a few shopping guides instead of inundating you with links to individual retailers.
Learn More about Fast Fashion & Ethical Shopping
Earlier this year, I knew very little about “fast fashion” and its dangerous impact on the world. But that all changed when I read an engaging and enlightening book called “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth Cline. After reading this book, I knew I had to make some changes to my shopping practices, as the impact of my actions goes far beyond my own wallet and closet. I highly recommend you read “Overdressed” if you haven’t already done so, but here are some other excellent resources to help you learn more about the global impact of the fashion industry.
- “Compassionate Fashion: How a Shopaholic Fashion Writer is Learning to Be a More Conscious Consumer”
Winona Dimeo-Ediger, a fashion writer for The Frisky, writes about how the April 24th factory collapse in Bangladesh propelled her to change the way she thinks about and approaches fashion. She shares the eight ways she’s now “walking the walk” to become a more conscious consumer. Some of her recommendations have been discussed on this blog, including shopping less and aiming for quality over quantity.
This short video from Online MBA presents an overview of the “fast fashion” industry in less than 2 minutes, accompanied by fun graphics to illustrate the cogent points. Did you know that Zara churns out 10,000 new pieces per year, as compared to only 50-100 pieces released by many luxury designers? The video is chock full of facts like this one, and if you miss any of the facts, you can read the transcript included on the page. It’s a good overview for just a small slice of your time.
Jill Chivers of “Shop Your Wardrobe” presents an overview of a panel discussion in which she participated on the topic of “Is Fashion Sustainable?” Included in Jill’s article are some compelling statistics on spending, clothing wear and washing, energy use, and the environmental impact of fashion. Jill also provides a number of suggestions on what consumers can do to help make fashion more sustainable.
Ethical Shopping Guides
I found a few excellent online guides to make it easier for us to shop for clothing that was produced in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. I have bookmarked these guides to help me make better decisions when I shop both online and in brick and mortar stores. I plan to not only buy less, but also to shift my purchases to those retailers who have better records for working conditions and environmental impact.
- Better World Shopper – Clothing Rankings
- SweatFree Communities – Shop with a Conscience Consumer Guide
- Ethical Consumer – Clothing Buyers Guide
Please Share Your Ethical Shopping Resources!
I hope you find the links in this post useful. I think many of us are looking to change some of our shopping habits to minimize our impact on both the environment and the people in developing countries who produce many of the goods we purchase.
If you know of any additional articles or resources to assist us all with this journey, please share them in the comments section below. Thanks and have a wonderful weekend! Next week, I’ll be delving into the exercises in “To Buy or Not to Buy” and dishing about the enduring myth of “retail therapy.”