Why Should We Care About "Ethically Made" Clothes?
Firstly let’s start by taking a look at the current state of the fashion industry.
Have you ever wondered how clothing is so cheap? We’re living in a consumer culture where we can purchase a garment for the same price as a taco.
Just take a second to think about that. I live by the saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” If you’re not paying for it - someone else is. That someone is more than likely your fellow woman on the other end of your pretty dress, who spends fifteen-hour days at a sewing machine, with $3.00 to show for it.
To fully understand the difference between the two different types of productions, we’ve made some side-by-side comparisons of an ethical company such as Born Native vs. a typical fast-fashion brand.
FAST FASHION BRAND
|Create garments based on a need or designed to be worn for years.||Copy other brands’ designs (trends) and sells them for ¼ of the price.|
|Use sustainable materials that last, are free of chemicals, and can be decomposed at the end of their life-cycle.||Use synthetic fibers such as; polyester, nylon, and acetate. These fabrics are cheap to produce and contain harmful chemicals. They can’t be decomposed.|
|Have good working conditions, pay their workers a living wage, and offer a balanced lifestyle for their employees.||Exploit their workers (95% are women); all are underpaid. The working environments are incredibly unsafe and unhealthy.|
|Made-to-order ensures product quality.||Production is rushed to keep up with consumer needs.|
|Pieces last at least 3-5 years.||Garments break or look shabby in 1-2 months.|
END OF GARMENT LIFE CYCLE
|Garments can decompose into the earth.||Garments go to landfills.|
BORN NATIVE’S DEFINITION OF ETHICAL FASHION
We define ethical fashion regarding three main pillars:
- Use sustainable fabrics that are decomposable.
- Made-to-order production prevents waste.
- Inclusive of hiring ALL women, regardless of race, background, and religion.
- Balanced lifestyle: work no longer than seven hours a day, with weekends, and all holidays off.
- Fair wages, enough to support family.
- Safe and fun work environment.
- Transparent supply-chain.
- Quality customer service.
Each person has the power to support the change they want to see in the world. Your dollar is your power. Use it wisely.
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