“Sustainable fashion is a philosophical approach to fashion whereby garments and accessories are produced in a sustainable way (i.e. in a way that could theoretically continue indefinitely without harming the environment), using eco-friendly materials such as organic fibres, eco fibres, and recycled yarns, with further consideration given to issues such as energy efficient production, workers’ rights, biodegradable packaging, and carbon footprint as a result of transportation.”

~Fashion A to Z: An Illustrated Dictionary by Alex Newman and Zakee Shariff

Sustainable fashion is a broad term that encompasses many different philosophies and ethics.  We will give you a break down of the most commonly used terms and principles.

  • Fair Trade: a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as higher social and environmental standards. (Wikipedia)

  • Organic materials made from materials raised in, on, or grown in compliance withorganic agricultural standards. Organic clothing may be composed of cotton, jute, silk, ramie, or wool. (Wikipedia)

  • Recycled materials such as fishing nets, seatbelts, water bottles, and even wool.

  • Natural dyes are colorants derived from plants or minerals. The majority of natural dyesare vegetable dyes from plant sources—roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood—and other organic sources such as fungi and lichens. (Wikipedia)

  • Sweatshop free– practice against a factory or workshop where manual workers are employed at very low wages for long hours and under poor conditions. (Wikipedia)

  • Gently used– why buy new when vintage is beautiful?

  • Also try to take into consideration the distance that the garment has traveled during manufacturing and shipping to reduce the carbon footprint of your wardrobe.

We will not tell you which label is right for you because that decision is between you, your conscience, and, frequently, your wallet. We will showcase different pieces from time to time to show you what is possible when looking for sustainable clothing.

 

Which label matters most to you and why?

P.S. If you re looking for different brands that carry sustainable lines of clothing have a look at my Pinterest page or the Santa Fe Fashion Week retailer page.