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13 Terms You Didn’t Know About Ethical Fashion.

We’ve all had that awkward word moment. You know, the one where someone’s used a word you’ve never heard in your life and you stand there smiling and waving like the penguins from Madagascar told you to because, well, you literally have no idea what that word means. There are a lot of terms within the ethical and sustainable world that are not often discussed or used in the mainstream sphere but are the cause of these awkward word moments. Never fear, Ethical Made Easy is here! Sorry team, we had to.

In the wake of our What the F**k Is Ethical Fashion? eBook release, a collaboration between us and the wonderful Kate Hall of Ethically Kate, we’ve decided it’d be a great idea to put together a list of some little-known terms often slapped onto the tags of ethical fashion products. It’s important to know what these particular words and phrases mean so you have the ability to make your own decisions based on your understanding of the promises that a particular company has made. Keep calm and read on ‘cause the definitions that accompany the following ethical terms will eventually come in handy.

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Five steps to a good purchase.

How you spend your money, shapes our future.

I used to be the type of person to head to the mall each weekend, wallet at the ready with my eyes fixated on all the bargains that were soon to be mine. Now? I avoid the place, I spend my money mindfully and I wait a minimum of two weeks from when I first found an item I ‘want’, before I purchase it.

It doesn’t matter so much what type of shopper you are, what’s important is that whenever money is exchanged in return for a product, you are choosing the value of your well earnt cash, and what type of world you want to support.

A purchase shouldn’t be a mere waltz to the mall absent-mindedly; it’s a place where you use your voting power for the better.

Impulse buyers, strategic shoppers, mall avoiders, and online shopping addicts, listen up...

A GOOD purchase will do wonders for your bank account, the planet, people, and your conscience.

Five steps to a GOOD purchase.

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Three ways to break up with fast-fashion

We’ve all been in that situation where we’ve hit “confirm payment” on an item of clothing we’d just seen on the trusty ‘gram a few minutes before. With all of the “Buy Now, Pay Later” options available to us, it’s become even easier to buy without monitoring how much we’ve actually bought, and without giving any thought to the consequences that come from this extremely easy process.

If you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume that you’re aware of the ethics in the fashion industry, or at least have a loose grasp on them. You’d probably know it’s become the norm for workers to be exploited in the making of the clothes we buy, and consequently that there is now a requirement to put the word ‘ethical’ in front of fashion as a way to ensure that these people are paid a living wage to make our clothes. Not a minimum wage, a living one.

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The Stuff You Don’t Know About Your Stuff.

Stuff. We’ve all got it. It’s that pile of unused clothes in the wardrobe. It’s those plastic bottles filled with creams and oils shoved into the bathroom drawers. It’s the condiments and stacks of useless receipts in the car glove box. It’s the five tins of canned food that have been sitting at the back of your pantry for three years. Stuff is everywhere, it accumulates, it seeps into our lives and our homes and our bags without us even trying to let it in. Kind of like The Kardashians but worse—worse for us and worse for the environment. We’re all victims of our stuff, but you know what? We’re all letting ourselves be.

We’ve spoken about stuff before and how overwhelming it can be when you have too much of it, but we’ve also talked about some ways in which you can make your excess stuff disappear in an ethical, re-purposeful way. Here would be a good place to visit after you’ve soaked this juicy article in. For now, let’s have a little chat. Let’s learn more about how stuff gets to us, and what we can do to control it. Oh, and just so you know, all of this info and inspo has come from one major source: The Story of Stuff.

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Why Fashion is a Feminist Issue.

Fashion can be attributed to feminism in a multitude of ways. Clothing is a form of expression, a way in which women choose to communicate with the world. It is often printed with feminist quotes and marketed as a product to empower women. It’s also a female dominated industry, with the majority of garment workers, globally, being women.

Fashion is a feminist issue, and it’s time to acknowledge the unfair in-balance between consumers and the women who make our clothing.  

The 2018 Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Report found that the Asia-Pacific region is the largest producer of the world’s clothing, made up of over 43 million workers from low-middle income countries. According to Labour Behind the Label, 80% of garment workers worldwide are women. Although the industry turns over $3 trillion globally, it’s not workers and their families who are benefitting.

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Could you wear six items.... for six weeks? Gabi did, here are her lessons.

For my third year in a row, I’m attempting the month-and-a-half of figurative pain that is the Six Items Challenge (exactly what it sounds like. Choose six items of clothing from your wardrobe and wear them, and only them, for six weeks).

I’m totally kidding. I mean, I am doing the challenge, but I wouldn’t be doing it for the third year in a row if it was the smelly, repetitive, restrictive chore that you’d assume it would be. And this isn’t like pregnancy, if you’re wondering. You know, where the woman invariably says to her partner in the throes of labour pain that this is IT, it’s the very last time, she’s NEVER EVER doing this again, better get used to the idea of having just the one kid. And then she meets the child, is flooded with clever hormones made to make her forget her suffering, and two years later she’s re-impregnated.

Okay, I went off on a tangent, but my point is there are no sneaky hormones involved here and therefore I was actually fully in control of my faculties when I decided to once again wear six items of clothing for six weeks. Here are the reasons I’d do such a thing;

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3 ways to participate in ethical fashion when you can hardly pay rent.

“I’d love to participate in ethical fashion, but I just can’t afford it.”

Let’s not beat around the bush; ethical fashion is more expensive. The cost of ethical fashion represents the true cost of a garment, where no one is exploited in the process of making it. But no matter how much you know about the truth behind the fashion industry, or how passionate you are about workers rights and sustainability, when your weekly routine is adding up every single penny to see what you have left for food after rent is paid, it’s hard to justify paying $70 for a tank top instead of $5. In fact, it’s often impossible.

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How to declutter your home without making your stuff someone else's problem.

Stuff is suffocating. It creeps into our lives unsuspectedly, fills our cupboards, and clouds our minds. The more stuff we have, the more time we spend cleaning, repairing, moving, and maintaining it. Batteries, buttons, laces: they all need to be considered and replaced, and that takes time and mental energy. The more time and energy you spend maintaining stuff, the less time …

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