Green Is ‘In’

People forget that we can recycle virtually everything to create fashionable clothes– even old books... Sweatshop workers had stitched ‘forced to work exhausting hours’ onto a dress label...

Eco-fashion is still an emerging trend that embraces the notion of sustainability within the fashion industry. For instance, the Earth Pledge Foundation (NPO) stated that 25% of the world’s pesticides are used to produce non-organic cotton. Pesticides cause irreparable damage by contaminating water sources and potentially throwing entire ecosystems off-balance. This water could also affect our own bodies. Pesticide consumption has been associated with cancer, Alzheimer’s, ADHD and birth defects. Buy organic cotton products online and make a statement against dominant fashion practices.

Two thirds of a garment’s carbon footprint occurs after it has been produced, according to the Earth Pledge Foundation. This means that we need to focus on sourcing products locally. Markets are a great way of doing this. Not only will you be able to get a new dress for a fraction of the price, but you can also feel happy knowing you’ve helped protect the world.

Green fashion is becoming more and more important as we face issues regarding sustainability. We might recycle our food packaging but people forget that we can recycle virtually everything to create fashionable clothes– even old books. You don’t need to be a fashion designer to create something completely unique. Why not turn old denim jeans into shorts, or a pencil case, or even a toy for your dog? This is your opportunity to be creative!

Another huge aspect of green fashion is supporting better human rights for labourers. The UK retail chain, Primark, recently came under the spotlight after it was discovered that sweatshop workers had stitched ‘forced to work exhausting hours’ onto a dress label. Although there are claims that this was a hoax, it highlights the fact that global employment rights need to be improved. Workers should not work under awful conditions so that our latest season ‘must-have’ is a little bit cheaper. You can source ethical fashion by turning to Fair Trade. Alternatively, look at the ‘MADE IN’ label and research the human rights laws in that country, to decide whether or not they protect their people.

Try out eco-fashion. Green is ‘in’.