Socially Conscious Clothing
August 1, 2017
The topic of socially conscious clothing has become such a passion of mine. I’m pretty sure my friends and family are sick and tired of hearing about it, but I truly believe so strongly in the changes that need to happen in the fashion industry. In fact, this was a main reason for starting my blog!
Last year I was introduced to a documentary called The True Cost. This film was eye-opening to say the least. It changed my entire perception of clothing and the choices I was making on a daily basis. In short, the film discusses the impact that fast fashion has on a global and economic level and what we, as consumers, can do to start making a change for the better. Let me explain a bit better.
Have you ever heard the term “fast fashion”? Naively, I hadn’t, until I watched this film. It refers to fashion that moves from the catwalk quickly to capture current fashion trends. The True Cost film discusses the devastatingly negative impact that fast fashion has on our environment, economy, and the workers directly involved in manufacturing. The film also discusses brands that are not socially conscious in their everyday manufacturing process (aside from fast fashion).
I was, admittedly, a lover of fashion that was fast, cheap, sourced from wherever and easily accessible into my wardrobe. Scouring through my favourite brands’ newest styles and sale items was on my to-do list monthly (if not more!). Going to shopping malls was so pleasurable. I could walk in and out of stores for hours. Now that I’ve done more research and been privy to such powerful information, I haven’t stepped into a shopping mall since. This decision came naturally after learning that almost none of the brands I now buy from have stores in malls. I don’t even miss the meandering to find good deals. That habit was broken quite quickly despite initial thoughts!
Unfortunately, only discovering such powerful information means that, in my mid-to-late twenties, I have a wardrobe full of the wrong clothing… My goal now is to transition my wardrobe to completely sustainable and socially conscious clothing as well as participate in Eco-Age’s motto of ’30 wears and beyond.’ This blog will document my journey and hopefully encourage others to make this conscious change for the better.
If you’re not sure you want to watch The True Cost film, at least watch the trailer below:
I hope you’ll enjoy this journey of mine to transparent, sustainable, authentic, & ethical style. You can read my first post here!