To celebrate the end of this year’s Fashion Revolution Week, I decided to compile my favourite articles and activities to show just how easy it is to source your clothes ethically.
If you didn’t know, Fashion Revolution Week is an annual event that brings attention to the “opaque, exploitative and environmentally damaging” fashion industry. Over the last week, people have been asking brands around the world “#whomademyclothes” and delving deeper into fashion supply chains. Did you know, 75 million people around the world work in fashion, 80% of them women between 18 and 35?
The Fashion Transparency Index 2017
Despite all the good work being shouted about by fashion brands, achieving transparency, fair wages, and sustainable practices is a long way off. The Fashion Transparency Index compiled by Fashion Revolution this year shows progress, but marginal progress with traditional practices continuing as normal. From the 100 brands focused on in the index, not one achieved over 50% in the scoring system covering their key areas.
Despite Hubbub’s satirical Faux Magazine being published in November 2016, last week was the first time I came across it and had a real laugh. The magazine reveals a few hypocrisy’s about today’s fashion industry, and fashion magazines, and despite being the occasional Vogue reader, it’s interesting to see how glossy magazines can make anything look appealing.
Six online second-hand shops
Leotie Lovely compiles her favourite second-hand online shops, ranging from Oxfam to haute couture. Her list proves that no matter your style tastes, there are ethical ways to source your clothes.
Is retail dying?
It’s probably not dying, but it really is changing. This article on Man Repeller discusses the changes and probes a few theories as to why our high streets are seeing more empty stores, and why there’s a rise in vintage and e-commerce.
A fashion revolution love story
Ethical fashion blogger Jen of Tartan Brunette wrote her love story for one piece in her wardrobe: her black Whistles dress. She bought this directly from Whistles four years ago, and still wears it now, showing that the care for your clothes and shopping wisely can be just as beneficial as buying slow or second-hand fashion.