October is #slowfashionoctober
Slow fashion is the deliberate choice to buy better-quality items less often. When purchases are made, they’re environmentally and ethically conscious rather than trend-driven. The garments are durable and lend themselves to repairs, not disposal. Slow fashion is also transparent: Buyers know where their clothes are coming from, and items are often handmade by artisans.
Consider it the “farm to table” of the fashion world.
I have been concerned for a long time about the ethics of fast fashion, firstly my concern over the sprays used on crops and pollutants pumped into the water, secondly the people who make them, especially after the Rana Plaza disaster brought the horrific working conditions to light. During the summer after being made redundant I took a course called 'who made my clothes', this helped teach me how to discover exactly who had made my clothes and also where the fabrics came from. It brought up some interesting issues and also challenged those of us who took the course to do research and share what we found. Some of the companies I wrote to were brilliant, Community Clothing for instance could tell me where the denim fabric came from and the factory who made it. Me and Em were able to tell me what country the item was made in and the country of origin of the yarns used, Uniqlo didn't respond to any emails, facebook or twitter questions.
I have been passionate about buying British quality products for may years and this has now started to become easier, making my own clothes as well helped - slowing consumption. Although when buying fabrics, it is the fabric content that lead me, be that wool, cotton, linen or mixed fibres. Thinking cotton was better than viscose or another man-made fibre, not thinking of who grew the fibres, processed them etc.
My goal for this month is to repair and darn a few things, replace a zip in a pair of jeans for my daughter - maybe even teach her how to! Having said that I've never replaced a zip in a pair of jeans. Go though my wardrobe and if I've not worn something, see if it can be altered so I will wear it or donate to charity. I also have an idea to make a few things, work load dependant.
Are you going to take part in #slowfashionoctober ? If you'd like to read more about it, pop over to Fringe Association and not just a label. If you'd like to learn more about slow fashion and more about the impact of fast fashion on people and out planet there are some good resources, this film by Thread is worth watching, as is The true cost.