Fair fashion news of February

Fair fashion news of February

These articles caught my eye this month: 

Is leather truly a byproduct of the meat industry?

Many people who care about slow fashion also follow a vegan lifestyle, and the other way around. For most of them, it does not make sense to buy clothes or accessories made of leather. Even for vegetarians, it makes sense to not buy leather, if you consider that the animal had to be slaughtered for it. My point of view as a vegetarian is that leather is a by-product of the meat industry and for that reason I still buy leather. I don't think that animals are raised and killed just for leather. Unfortunately a lot of people still eat meat and in my opinion the leather would be wasted if not used for clothes, shoes or bags. At the same time is a beautiful natural product of high quality that nowadays can even be recycled. But I never checked if it is true what I'm thinking! So I was very happy to stumble upon this article of Ecocult. Is leather really a by-product of the meat industry? I won't tell you the result of the research Alden did. I leave it up to you to read. ;)

Can fashion be sustainable?

Well done BBC for creating this powerful and dramatic video! Fashion can be sustainable, but fast fashion definitely isn't. I hope that this video will create more awareness about this. Let's all make sustainability goals! #SustainableMe 

A new slow fashion boutique in Toulouse

Not too far from Mae Sue's hometown Montpellier opened a pretty slow fashion shop. Chez Inès et Julie is a cute boutique based in Toulouse. They transformed an old kebab restaurant into a modern shop with a collection of ethical and sustainable fashion. I haven't been yet, but it already looks great from the pictures.

How to shop more consciously

The Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad published an article sharing 4 tips of how to shop more consciously. 

Tip 1: Don't look at the country where the clothes are produced, it doesn't say everything nowaday. Instead pay attention to quality marks like GOTS ( organic cotton ), Fair Trade or Ecotex.

Tip 2: Shop online to be able to research better and keep an eye on fair fashion bloggers who often share good brands.

Tip 3: Don't shop at fast fashion chains like Zara and H&M. 

Tip 4: Be a critic and make conscious choices. When you want to buy something always aks yourself if you need it and if it will last. 

Slavery, child labour and trafficking in the fashion industry

Despite what we might think, there is sadly enough still a lot of slavery in the world. The documentary Invisible Hands shows how the fashion industry is involved in this: “When people think of trafficking they often associate it with the sex trade but about 50% of trafficked victims, including children, are sold into forced labour. It's taking place in developing countries and parts of Europe where markets and factories go unregulated. The fashion industry is unfortunately rife with trafficked workers and forced labour,” says Tandon. “In our film, we actually show companies such as ASOS and Gap on camera having child- and forced labour in their supply chains.” Another big reason to buy ethically made clothes. 

Taxing fast fashion

A tax to stop the overflow of fast fashion? Sounds like an amazing idea! It is recommended by the U.K.’s parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee

“A million tons of textiles a year are being thrown away and we need to bend the curve of consumption. We are urging consumers to buy less, to repair and reuse more before they recycle as well,” Mary Creagh, the chairwoman of the committee, told Sky News. By taxing fast fashion a national fashion recycling program can be funded. Let's hope this will happen and that it has an effect as well. 

Source image: EcoCult

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