In the wake of the Rana Plaza tragedy, the fashion industry has been scrutinised by the media and consumers blamed for their fast-fashion habits. Ethical fashion has slowly gained traction over the years, but there are still a lot of misconceptions around ethical and sustainable shopping in general. How easy is it really? The Monsoon Trust asked some ethical fashion lovers to weight in:
October over at October Rebel gives her opinion:
"I became aware of fair-trade fashion and bought my first dress early in 2012. I didn't really make a commitment to avoid sweatshop clothing until last January, when I made it my New Year's resolution.
I think (my favourite fair-trade item) would have to be my Liz Alig dress (made by Global Mamas). It has a 50s silhouette, a ladder back that fastens with a complicated system of buttons, and it's made from a recycled flour sack! It's really a great dress though, and surprisingly versatile. I've worn it to run errands around town, and I've dressed it up to wear for a dinner date.
I think the biggest issue is the lack of consideration for the folks who make things. People are not disposable. Every worker should have the right to a safe work environment and a fair wage. It's important for everyone - consumers, brands and politicians to recognize this, be responsible, and make changes."
Keep an eye on the blog over the next week for more sustainable fashion talk from The Monsoon Trust and featured ethical fashion bloggers.