Ethical and Sustainable Fashion
by Carrie Colbert
Today, in honor of Earth Day coming up this weekend, we’d like to chat with you about a different sort of fashion topic: ethical, sustainable fashion.
I’m going to start by perhaps ruffling a few feathers with a bold, provocative declaration… I am so sick and tired of seeing bloggers constantly promoting and linking “dupes”! (In case you don’t know what others mean when they talk about “dupes”, they’re referring to duplicates of designer goods – aka knockoffs.)
There are two main reasons I say that:
1 – Copying is never a good thing.
There is way too much of that going on in the fashion world right now.
2 – Cheaper is not always better!
Have you ever thought about why that t-shirt from Forever 21 only costs $8? There are reasons – and they are not good ones!
Now before you jump in to tell me that not everyone can afford high-end, designer fashion, let me preempt that argument with two points. First, there are reasonably-priced, ethically made, originally creative options. Keep reading for more info on that. Second, consider buying less quantity and more quality. In today’s “see it now, buy it now” mentality, we sometimes buy in to the marketing notion that we need it all! But what if you did more with less?
Anyway, before I continue ranting on this subject, please allow me to introduce our guest contributor today, Jessica Greenberg of Sustainable Rainbow, where she chronicles her discoveries and loads of information on ethical, fair-trade and sustainable fashion industry. Jessica is a passionate authority on this subject, so we brought her in to share her expert perspective on this subject.