Few Pros to Sustainable and Ethical Fashion?
Few pros to sustainable and ethical fashion? I certainly haven't looked at the labels in quite a while and there's nothing wrong with it. I like choosing my clothes myself, mainly because I know how to shop (I'm an old fuddy-duddy). I like to see what brands are out there, what they're made of, what the style is and who (the company) is behind the brands. I'm also not one for environmentally friendly fashion.
But is it really all that bad?
I don't think so. I've seen a lot of people talking about how ethical or sustainable fashion is becoming more popular (or maybe just plain old fashionable) and I've noticed that there seems to be an upsurge in people being concerned about air pollution and global warming. I agree that those things are important, but I also think that in the long run, it's a lot better to care about the environment while you're still young and healthy. That seems to me to be the smart way to go.
And I also think that people want choices. They want to be able to choose (and not feel like) that they're buying products that aren't going to harm the earth. I think this is a natural desire and I hope that someday, sustainable clothes designers will take this into account and start to offer ethically produced clothing.
I've spoken at length about the need to look beyond fashion and consider it a lifestyle choice as well as a fashion choice. I still believe in that. Fashion, however, can still be an influential force in society. In the past, fashion was often the center of attention for many people. Nowadays, it tends to be second or third. People want to pay more attention to what's going on in world events and politics, which I think is quite noble.
But it's not something I would give much thought to when choosing clothes. After all, who wants to wear a shirt that's made with hemp seeds (grower's choice) to keep out the bugs? Who wants to wear clothes that were manufactured in sweatshops where children work long hours and never get to see their families?
Some may say that we should look to ethical fashion because it has some benefits. For instance, buying organic clothing can have health benefits. That's true. I've even heard that wearing organic clothing helps to relieve depression.
So, there are many pros to sustainable fashion.
If someone told me that I didn't have to choose between animal products and eco-friendly clothing, I'd have to say that I would choose eco-friendly clothing. But, I would also think that people should look into the long-term consequences of purchasing eco-friendly products. I certainly wouldn't expect someone to buy a tie or a t-shirt that was made from used soy beans.
I do believe that there are many pros to eco-friendly clothing. But, I also think that people need to be aware of the long-term effects. I wouldn't buy anything that was made from hemp, no matter how cheap it is.
I think there are some cons to eco-friendly clothing, too. One of them is that they can cost more than regular clothes. Even though most companies offer discounts, it's still a good idea to shop around. It's possible that you could save money on brand names. Just make sure to buy only what you can really afford.
There are people who don't feel that eco-friendly brands are worth buying, at least right now. I know that some people will say that they're committed to being eco-friendly. But, the only way that they'll truly do it is if they replace all of their clothes with them. That, in itself, isn't going to cut it. It seems like an impossible task.
I don't think that the economy is getting better anytime soon. I also don't think that people will start buying more eco-friendly clothes just because the economy improves. If the economy does improve, maybe people will feel more comfortable buying eco-friendly products. But for now, there aren't any real good pros to buying eco-friendly clothing.
If you're interested in learning more about sustainable and ethical fashion tips, talk with friends who are into the same thing. Or, look for resources online. There are a lot of great articles out there, and a lot of them are written by people who have first-hand experience with the problems that arise when we use our natural resources. You'll find that they're often willing to help newcomers to the idea to understand it better.