Sustainable fashion& Fair trade clothing
Sustainable fashion, Fair trade clothing and eco-fashion are conquering the fashion market bit by bit. But what is behind the sustainable clothing? In this article I will answer this question for you and u.a. Explain fabrics, advantages and disadvantages and certificates of fair trade fashion, as well as show you where and from which brands you can buy sustainable fashion and why it is also worthwhile to swap clothes. Let's go!
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What is sustainable fashion?
If you want to buy sustainable fashion, make sure that it is produced in a fair, socially acceptable and sustainable way, so that neither the environment nor the people are harmed. The motto, in short, is "organic and fair, instead of plastic and child labor". The sustainable fashion can be, as z.B. the life without plastic, to the new natural-conscious society to assign, which develops more and more. Ecological fashion is divided into several sustainability criteria, which I would like to explain to you in a few sentences below:
1. Fashion made from organic raw materials
In clothing made of organic material you will find guaranteed no plastic fibers, because organic cotton, natural linen or basically organic natural fibers, are of course free of pollutants. More and more manufacturers rely on the biological. Sustainably grown material for garments. As you'll see again in a moment in the benefits of sustainable fashion, this natural form of clothing is also more durable than fashion made from plastic.
2. Resource-saving production of the clothing
Just as the longevity of organic fashion conserves natural resources, the entire production of clothing should also be as resource-efficient as possible. Outdated methods of processing fashion usually have a very high energy and water consumption, while new techniques allow a very resource-efficient production. For the CareElite wooden toothbrushes I use z.B. natural bamboo wood. Bamboo is, like z.B. Cork, hemp or linen, a very sustainable material and is also suitable for the production of ecological clothing. The material is sustainable because it grows back very quickly. Bamboo wood z.B. grows up to one meter a day.
3. Recycled or upcycled fashion
The recycled or upgecycelte fashion is lasting, because for it old, already used material is again-used. For example, Adidas recycled the "Adidas x Parley" running shoe from plastic waste from the ocean. So the shoe not only looks cool, but also recycles plastic waste from the environment. I have written a separate article on the subject of fashion made from plastic waste. In addition to clothing made from recycled material, upcycled clothing is also attracting attention. Whether it's bags made from truck tarps, hats made from jute sacks, or pencil cases made from comic book pages. In the case of upcycled products or. upcycled fashion is also usually unique, which makes this form of sustainable fashion particularly interesting.
4. Locally produced clothing
If a fashion brand has its clothes produced in Bangladesh, for example, then you can ame that they were sewn together for a pittance and that the fashion has long transport routes behind it. This is anything but sustainable fashion. That's why it's nice when production, including the entire supply chain, is done entirely in one place, z.B. Germany takes place. Here the production is based on a hard labor law. The transport routes in the supply chain are short. Here the production is based on a hard labor law. Transport distances in the supply chain are short.
5. Fair& Social fashion
There are two labels of sustainable fashion that confirm compliance with ecological standards and underlying working conditions. The GOTS certification (Global Organic Textile Standard) is a worldwide standard for textiles, or. Garments made from organically produced natural fibers. GOTS-certified clothing confirms that minimum social and environmental standards have been met throughout the supply and production chain. In addition, for sustainable clothing there is a Fairtrade seal, which refers especially to the social aspect of production. With fair trade clothes you can exclude for example that child labor was used for the production of the clothes or that the production workers got an undignified salary.
So when is fashion sustainable?
Fashion can be considered 100% sustainable if it meets all these criteria. Some fashion labels engage in greenwashing, as the above conditions are z.B. with a high probability not fulfilled. But these conditions make fashion sustainable and force the big fashion companies to give in to the ever-increasing demand for ecological fashion.
Material& Fabrics of fair trade clothing
Cotton and other raw materials for textiles are becoming increasingly scarce, and natural, plant-based alternatives are needed. They are already in the starting blocks. When buying your clothes, you should therefore pay attention to the material used. Maybe you want to produce an ecological garment yourself. In both cases, you can check if you want to use one of the following sustainable materials or sustainable manufacturing processes:
Sustainable material for sustainable fashion:
Organic cotton is grown alternately with other crops without chemical pesticides Organic wool is wool from species-appropriate, organic sheep farming Hemp consists of individual hemp fibers, which are processed into clothing Linen is obtained from natural, resource-saving flax cultivation Organic silk is made from the cocoon of the silkworm caterpillar Milk silk / milk fiber is a smooth fabric obtained from milk protein powder Modal is a natural, elastic viscose fiber Lyocell is a natural fabric made from eucalyptus and beech wood Wild Silk / Peace Silk is produced from caterpillar cocoons (pupa already hatched) Banana fibers / Musa fibers are made from the trunk of the banana tree Soy(silk) consists of soybean proteins (by-product of tofu production) Bamboo Viscose is a textile fiber made from sustainable bamboo wood Lenpur viscose consists of cuttings from branches and twigs Seacell® Textiles are made from seaweed, which grows back very quickly Tyvek® is a polyethylene fiber that is reprocessed up to 5 times to make new clothes
Sustainable manufacturing process for sustainable fashion:
Recycling from already used plastic to new products (z.B. to Adidas running shoe) Upcycling from old things to new products (z.B. carrier bag made from truck tarpaulin) Cradle-to-Cradle (from cradle to cradle) is a biological product cycle without waste
The material should basically be separable by type and also 100% recyclable if it is to be considered sustainable textiles or. would like to call sustainable fashion. In the next few years, many more natural fabrics for textiles will surely emerge. If you are missing a textile fabric or a sustainable processing form in the listing here, please feel free to write me a comment below this article.
The reasons for sustainable fashion
In Germany in particular, clothing has degenerated into a kind of throwaway fashion. People are sometimes looked at askance when they wear an old outfit again. In addition, much of the clothing of the major fashion companies contains toxins that are harmful to our health and the environment. Below I would like to give you an overview of the reasons for switching to fair, sustainable fashion:
– Clothing lies directly on our skin and should therefore not contain any toxic substances – Fair fashion is produced under fair, social conditions as z.B. produced without child labor – sustainable fashion consists of unlimited raw materials instead of z.B. made from petroleum (plastic) – Fashion made from natural fabrics such as z.B. Hemp decompose within a short time in the environment – Clothing made of plastics such as plastic, on the other hand, remains in nature for centuries – Non-sustainable clothing contains toxins such as phthalates, NP or NPe, which disrupt the endocrine system – Sustainable clothing is more durable than unnatural cheap clothing – …
This list of reasons for sustainable fashion I could go on endlessly. Can you think of anything else? Then feel free to write that in your comment under this post.
advantages& Disadvantages of sustainable fashion
I would like to give you here once again a nice overview of the advantages and of course also the disadvantages of ecological, sustainable fashion. Then I will tell you a few words about the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The Fair Trade label confirms the sustainability of clothing especially in terms of ethics in production. When you buy a garment that is labeled with the Fair Trade seal, you can ame that it was produced under fair labor standards (decent pay, no factory floors that are hazardous to health, no child labor). In addition, the production of excellent fair trade clothing has passed free of any chemicals. In terms of evaluating environmental friendliness, however, another seal should always be consulted, as, for example, fair trade cotton might not be 100% organically grown.
okotex is supposed to show the consumer that a garment is harmless from an ethical and ecological point of view. Unfortunately, the okotex seal has some weaknesses. For example, only carcinogenic and allergenic dyes are completely excluded by the okotex seal, other questionable substances are only subject to limit values. There are also gaps in social aspects such as fair wages or appropriate working conditions in the sustainable fashion label. What is missing, in my opinion, is a clear, consistent line in the assessment.
The IVN-Best seal is awarded for natural textiles and natural leather under really very strict conditions throughout the entire supply chain. Social standards must be adhered to, the material must be 100% organic, and substances that are hazardous to health and the environment must not be used in the production process. It does not remain with the IVN seal with the one control. Once a year the suppliers are controlled again. Must still meet the requirements. For me personally, the seal is the most important seal for the reliable labeling of sustainable clothing.
The GOTS certificate (Global Organic Textile Standard) certifies textiles such as garments that they are made from organically produced natural fibers. The clothing must comply with environmental. Comply with social requirements along the entire supply chain. GOTS aims to ensure and evaluate the production of sustainable garments from the extraction of the raw material, through fair and social production, to uniform labeling for the end consumer.
The Bluesign seal for sustainable fashion was created in 2000 by Swiss textile experts to minimize the impact of the textile industry on the environment. You will see the Bluesign seal on garments that have been processed in certified factories for at least 90% of the supply chain. This is done to ensure production is as low-impact as possible by setting clear guidelines for the use of toxic chemicals. When evaluating the garments, both environmental and social aspects are taken into account.
Buy fair, sustainable fashion
In this paragraph I would like to show you where and how you can buy fair trade clothes or. Buy sustainable fashion. I show you the best online stores for sustainable clothing and the most popular fashion brands.
Sustainable Fashion Online Shops
There are already a lot of online stores where you can buy selected sustainable fashion. Here's a little overview for you:
Greenality – In this online you get only sustainable fashion. Organic fashion and fair trade clothing is available for men, women and children. The styles are really cool and visually hard to distinguish from conventional fashion made of synthetics.
Avocadostore – The online store calls itself a marketplace for eco fashion and green lifestyle. It's a great fit, because you can get sustainable fashion for men, women and kids, as well as plastic-free lifestyle products at the store.
Glore – In this worldwide online store for sustainable fashion you also get cool clothes for men, women and children and also fashion from specialties such as yoga. The store is equipped with the above mentioned quality seals.
These are just three really good online stores for sustainable fashion, which have already proven their worth. Feel free to if you know and have tried other online stores where you can get fair trade clothes.
Fashion labels for sustainable clothing
Bleed – This German fashion brand for sustainable fashion has me really excited. Here you can get fair trade clothes made of organic cotton, hemp, cork, linen and some other natural fabrics. The Bleed fashion is presented very nicely. Described in detail.
People Tree – The fashion label from London has been at the forefront of sustainable fashion for many years. From sustainable summer dresses to fair trade clothing for babies and children, you'll find it all here.
Woody – The Austrian fashion label Woody specializes in the production of sustainable shoes. They use a stable and beautiful wooden sole for their shoes. Here you can find cool sustainable shoes for men as well as for women.
This list of online stores and brands that stand for sustainable fashion, we can gladly continue further and further. As I said, just post a comment if you can think of another website that fits the bill.
Exchange sustainable clothes instead of buying them
It is also not very sustainable if your purchased sustainable shirts, sweaters and pants disappear in the closet after one season, while others could make good use of the garments. Therefore, pay attention to whether you really need the desired article of clothing, or whether it also does a gebrauchtest, but not less bad garment. In the spirit of minimalism, you should also think minimalist when shopping for fashion and save resources and your wallet. To trade clothes instead of buying them, the following platforms are great:
dietauschboerse.de – The exchange platform is a German platform where you can exchange clothes and many other things from over 600 categories. Ideally and completely in the sense of the Zero Waste life-style you can exchange here for you superfluous things against for you interesting things. This is sustainable because no new natural resources are needed. eBay Classifieds.en – There is also a lot of clothing for sale on eBay Classifieds. New fashion, but mostly second hand fashion. As with the other platforms, you can buy, sell and trade clothes here too. By the way, the eBay Classifieds app is one of the most popular zero waste apps. – ..
These are just a few examples of platforms where you can easily buy, sell, give away and trade used clothes and contribute to sustainability.
Where to put the old clothes?
Over the years, we accumulate a lot of clothes that we don't even wear anymore. Leaving them in the depths of your closets or even in the basement is anything but sustainable. That's why you should give it to people who can really use the clothes. Would you rather give away or sell your old clothes. Get a few more euros for it? For both variants, I have a few places for you to go here:
Sell old clothes
If you still want to have a few euros for the clothes, which you have bought at some point expensive, I recommend you to go to a second-hand store in your area. Usually you will find buyers there. Alternatively, you can also donate your old clothes online z.B. sell at Kleiderkreisel or eBay Kleinanzeigen. However, the effort to enter all clothing online is not insignificant.
Donate and give away clothes
What's really cool is to donate your unused clothes to those in need, or. to give away. Social institutions in your area are places to go where your used clothes can be checked and then sold on the spot. Refugee shelters are also a good place to start, but often the need for household utensils and other items is greater than the need for clothes.
Note: Although it feels like a good deed, shipping your clothes to z.B. Africa very dangerous for the existing clothing markets on the ground. This is one reason why several countries have banned the import of second-hand clothes.
The future of sustainable fashion
For years there were no alternatives to the big fashion brands that produce their garments anything but environmentally friendly, fair and socially. With the trend toward sustainable fashion, consumers themselves are setting the direction in which the fashion market will develop over the next few years. Sustainable fashion is part of a big movement, part of a society with a new awareness for nature and for more humanity. This increases the prere on the manufacturers of cheap clothing. Fashion brands that don't adapt to this trend will perish over time.
Organic, ecological fair trade clothing is going to shake up the fashion market. This is my opinion. How do you see the future of the fashion market and do you have any other experiences or questions about sustainable fashion that you would like to share? Then I look forward to your comment under this post.
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