To help shine a spotlight on human rights issues embedded in the fashion industry, I've joined up with a consortium of ethical fashion bloggers from all around the world. We are the Human Friendly Fashion Bloggers! This group of like-minded bloggers has been spearheaded by Fashion Mob founder, Esther Freeman.
Sadly recent events in Bangladesh have brought into stark relief the terrible and even life-threatening work conditions in many fast-fashion clothing factories around the world.
Esther says, "One comment that keeps coming up is the responsibility of consumers around fast fashion. Quite frankly this is nonsense. Furthermore it is dangerous to suggest so. All too often high street chains whine about how hard it is for them to improve human rights, and how they’d change but consumers don’t want it. It’s become their get out clause. And by saying consumers have some kind of responsibility, we reinforce that myth."
This is not to say that we as consumers have no responsibility when purchasing fashion - simply that these large multinational companies need to stop making excuses for their unethical behaviour!
|FairTrade (c) Pablo Municio|
What could be better than looking fantastic in a chic new outfit? Why, looking fantastic AND feeling good in a gorgeous fair trade ensemble of course!!! :)
Here are just a few of my favourite fair fashion finds:
- The Girl's Zebra Tee from Johari is so cute! Every item is handmade in Kenya under fair conditions and by wearing Johari you are empowering vulnerable young adults to build a living for themselves and their families.
- The Atlantic Playsuit by NearFar makes me so happy! I adore playsuits and this one errs on the side of super chic. NearFar garments are produced ethically and locally, and are handmade by artisans in Sierra Leone, Africa.
- The Curry + Silver Triangle Tassel Necklace from Raven and Lilly not only looks beautiful but it carries a beautiful story along with it! After the gorgeous designs, one of the things I love most about this brand is how transparent they are. You can read about how items were made and who they were made by!
- The pink Hi-Lo Henley Dress from 4 All Humanity makes my eyes happy! I love colours that POP, especially combined with interesting silhouettes. This lovely has been handmade in Uganda under fair trade conditions from 100% organic cotton. The talented women who crafted this dress were paid 3 times the average factory wage.
- The black Men's Cotton Tee from Ananda Pascual is deliciously simple and stunningly sophisticated menswear. This tee was crafted in partnership with fair trade organisation Creative Handicrafts (India), working to improve the lives of women living in the slums of Mumbai.
- The Coral Summer Outfit from Eternal Creations is such a fun option for a vibrant young man who isn't afraid of a little colour! I especially love the marine print on the shirt. All Eternal Creation clothes are handmade under fair trade conditions at their Himalaya Tailoring Centre, located in Dharamsala in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas.
Here are 3 simple things you can do today to promote Human Friendly Fashion:
1. Sign the 1% Campaign petition and demand that multinationals take responsibility for what happens in their name!
2. Check out the amazing ethical fashion blogs that make up the Human Friendly Fashion Blogger consortium.
3. Connect with the Kindness by Design community on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more ethical fashion goodness!