Fashion

The Ethical Fashionista

12. October 2015

Let’s admit it, we all spend an awful lot of time and money on clothes and accessories. But how often have you thought about how these clothes have been produced, by whom and under which circumstances?

According to the documentary ‘The True Cost‘, the fashion industry is the second largest pollutant of our environment after the oil industry. In addition, the clothes we wear can sometimes be traced back to modern slavery or child labour. Shocking right?

I have become more and more conscious about the origins of my clothes, ethical supply chains and how we as ordinary consumers and fashion addicts can influence the impact these movements. I have been looking for fashionable pieces which, at the same time, do not harm the environment, respect the people who produce it and have a positive impact on our society. Admittedly, it is not as easy as shopping using conventional stores. However, there is an increasing number of ethical brands with really cool stuff. A lot of them ship internationally. And the most amazing thing: you are doing good by looking great!

Outfit

(1) Necklace by Raven + Lily – The company employs women in Asia, Africa and the Americas at fair trade wages, thereby enabling them to access safe jobs, sustainable income, health care, education, and to have a real chance for them and their families to get of poverty.

(2) Shirt by Reformation – From basics, to gowns and jackets – Reformation is THE alternative if you look for current trends.

(3) Bag by Freedom of Animals – Sustainable and cruelty-free luxury bags

(4) Jacket, (5) ring, (6) shoes and (7) jeans by Master & Muse by Amber Valetta – The top model aims at bridging ‘the gap between cutting-edge fashion and mindful manufacturing’.

I hope you love this outfit as much as I do! Stay tuned for more styles and brands making fashionistas feel good about being ethically stylish!

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