All three of you who frequent my page will have noticed a significant shift. The main reason for this is that while I will still be accepting some freelance work, I'm zeroing in on what's really important to me.
Very recently, I was alerted to the fact that the majority of my family's wardrobe was constructed in a sweatshop somewhere in another part of the world where there may or may not be children employed and where a livable wage is not even on the radar. I wish I could tell you that I've since researched all the long-term negative effects of sweatshops on the people employed by them and in the communities in which they thrive, but the fact of the matter is: all I had to do was think about my kid working for pennies to decide that I was not okay with supporting these companies any longer. It took me learning that this was still very much a thing and that the fashion industry is absolutely dependent upon them to survive for me to make a promise to myself and my family that, going forward, we will not participate in fast fashion.
What is fast fashion?
Fast fashion is a term used to describe how quickly trends move on from one to the next with little regard as to HOW it gets from point A (the designer) to B (the consumer).
Why is this a problem?
If our sole concern is the next big thing, that means producing the current big thing as quickly and inexpensively as possible. That means that our concern is NOT: the environment, the resources used up in the process, the people who construct the pieces and making sure they are provided a fair wage to do so, the safety of said people... The list goes on.
What can we do to stop it?
Money talks. The best way to stop the demand of sweat shops is to stop supporting the companies who a dependent on them. Unfortunately, many of the companies you are probably accustomed to are still heavily dependent on them, so if you're going to stop buying their products, that leaves you needing a new source of clothing.
What can we do instead of supporting fast fashion?
This blog will soon be filled with tons of ideas about how not to support fast fashion and still look great, but for now, here a few quick tips on things you can do going forward:
-Research companies who are devoted to responsible fashion
-Keep your clothing longer by purchasing QUALITY clothing staples over quantity
-Donate/sell what you no longer wear
-Shop second-hand (eBay "pre-owned", Swap.com, Thredup, local thrift shops and consignment sales)
I hope that you found some value in this and if so, please subscribe for more ideas on how to wear fashion that matters!