Ethical consumerism has gained considerable momentum over the last few years owing to various reasons including human rights, sustainability as well as animal rights. To me, ethical consumerism means being an advocate for animal rights, paying people fair and living wages and taking care of the planet!
For years, I’ve been saving blog posts and magazine articles about all the things I can and should be doing to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I have been implementing some of these strategies haphazardly, but what I really wanted was a more comprehensive plan of action. I’m a list person, so I decided to create a checklist of sorts that I could do one-by-one. This way, I am making progress and staying motivated as I set and achieve realistic
What does fair trade mean? It’s all about the 3 P’s: making a profit, respecting people and protecting the planet. Fair trade practices include: no child or forced labor; fair payment; good working conditions; business transparency; respect for the environment. Free trade and fair trade are not at odds with one another; the reality is that trade can be both global and fair, providing opportunities for people all over the world! And we as consumer
Here are five powerful documentaries you can watch to find out about how the fashion industry mistreats garment workers. Remember, knowledge is power, and you do have the power to change the world with every informed choice you make.
Truly sustainable brands recognize that every part of their business has an impact on the environment and a big part of their overall mission and ethos is to reduce their environmental footprint. This means examining the entire lifecycle of a product - from design, sourcing and raw material production, manufacturing, transport and logistics, warehouse and storage, packaging and shipping, marketing and final sale, use, reuse and recycling.
Have you ever heard of Fairtrade Fortnight? This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight is being held 100% online, so matter where you are in the world, you can participate! A campaign of the Fairtrade Foundation, it increases awareness of fairtrade products and spreads the message of fairtrade principles.
FINN+EMMA is a leader in children’s organic clothing and baby gear. Their garment factories are fully G.O.T.S. certified, which means that the entire process (from start to finish) is certified organic. Like many great founder stories, FINN+EMMA creator Anna Schwengle wanted more sustainable children’s clothing options, so she created those options herself! In addition to being organic, the brand features modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom
Next time you go shopping, don’t be afraid to ask the person who works at the store about their company’s mission and the products they sell. Brands want your loyalty, after all, so you might as well find out if you really want to support them! Brands that care about people and the planet have answers to these questions, so go ahead and ask. Where are your clothes made? Where are your factories located? Who makes the clothes? Are they paid a fair
We all care about what we wear, and we all ask the same questions before we buy. Do I like it? Does it look good on me? Is it worth the price? But there is another question we should be asking that is just as important as design, quality and affordability. And the question is: Is it ethical?