Hello fellow fashion lovers! As we continue to focus on the United Nation’s “No Poverty” goal, we decided that it would be a great opportunity to share a useful guide for ethical shopping! Shopping is hard enough already and we know that you all have very busy lives, so we want to make your lives easier with this quick and easy guide.
Featured sweater by UK brand, Gung Ho. This season their focus was “Plastic Pollution,” and they aim to encourage people to engage with important issues such as ocean pollution.
What does it mean to shop ethically?
Ethical shopping means shopping from brands that practice fair wages, encourage transparency, and use sustainable materials to produce their products. By choosing to support brands that are socially and environmentally responsible, we can all make a difference towards ending poverty and making the world we live in a better place!
Why should we all shop ethically?
When you hear the term “fast fashion”, we’re talking inexpensive and mass-produced clothing sold by huge retailers responding to the latest fashion trends and fads. You know (and have probably shopped) them: Zara, H&M, F21, TopShop, to name a few.
FFC feels the crucial need, especially with our partnership and commitment to the UN’s SDG campaign, to bring attention to the human cost of unethical fashion. Fast fashion entails the use of sweatshops. This means that the workers producing these garments are being paid close to nothing and are laboring in terrible and unsafe environments.
Continuing to support this industry means that too many people in this world are stuck in an unbroken cycle of poverty.
THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. As individuals and consumers, we can put our money where our mouths are and choose to shop ethically, so we can put end to systems that perpetuate poverty.
How can I start shopping ethically?
Shopping ethically is definitely a lifestyle change. No one is expecting you to save the world overnight! Just remember that every little step counts and make a difference!
Look up the brands you’re eyeing. Read about their vision and be on the lookout for their policies regarding fair trade and sustainability. You want to make sure the company you’re thinking about buying from is totally transparent about their production process so you’re in the know and can feel confident in your potential purchase!
Be willing to spend just a little more for exceptional quality goods that were made and sourced in a way that you can feel good about.
Slowly replacing all your articles of sweatshop apparel with a piece of sustainably-sourced fair trade clothing means that you’re doing something, and that’s where it all starts.
Check out the following brands and get started on your ethical fashion journey today!
31 Bits - Founded by three amazing women, 31 Bits is an ethical jewelry business that is committed to upholding fair wages, ethical working conditions, and supporting their local artisans from Indonesia and Uganda. Whenever you purchase jewelry from 31 Bits, you are making an impact on the lives of many women from Uganda and Indonesia!
Same Sky- This artisan jewelry employs women of Rwanda who are currently living in poverty. Aside from paying fair wages, Same Sky also provides training and education necessary for these women to be self-sufficient.
People Tree- This apparel company is accredited by the WFTO, the Fairtrade Foundation, and the Soil Association. That’s how you know they’re the epitome of sustainable and fair trade fashion! Shop their high-quality and affordable collection now and feel good about your new clothing choices.
Organicbasics- Make sure your apparel essentials are of the best quality by shopping a brand whose vision consists of fighting the horrors of fast fashion through sustainable production/sourcing and ensuring good and ethical conditions for workers in their factories.
Everlane - Clothing of exceptional quality, made in ethical factories. Not only does this company offer amazing apparel that’s socially conscious, it also boasts what they call “Radical Transparency.” Hop onto their site and you’ll be able to learn about the true cost of all their clothing as well as the conditions of every single factory they own in the world. Now that’s ethical fashion!