Bangladesh, in many ways, sits at the center of this ethical manufacturing fight, as it holds ground zero, The Rana Plaza factory which collapsed over 4 years ago. Since that day western brands have been in an agreement to resolve the unsafe working conditions over there. However with the 4,000 - 5,000 factories manufacturing in Bangladesh, most far behind the Accord and Alliance agreements which are set to expire next year (2018), what are we to do? Here’s why Bangladesh is such a big effing problem.
Nothing quite says I love you like a big diamond right? When you’re ready to hear wedding bells, there’s a lot to consider when you start ring shopping. The biggest issue often surrounding the jewelry industry, that Leo brought to life circa 2006, are blood diamonds. But how do you even begin to choose the good stones and what brands are going one step further to bring sustainable economic growth to the areas they employ? Here’s our 5 favorite ethical engagement rings that offer style, statement, and sustainability.
Many of you have been commenting over the last couple of months about your distress of America pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change. We don’t blame you, but may we offer an alternative approach? Consider the DMV. Long lines, unmotivated employees, and a widely accepted example of how slow government-run entities operate. Do we really want to rely on these people to change our world? That is why, we choose to see this as an opportunity for business to make far better and bigger progress than the sloth-like government ever would. Here’s a quick list of how we can help reach the Paris Climate Agreement through fashion.
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When I published the first installment of Where to Find Plus Size Ethical Fashion & Sustainable Clothing (you can read part one here) I never expected to receive such wonderful feedback from the community. That people felt we handled the plus size subject with the sensitivity and care it deserves warms my heart.
One of the biggest areas fashion is working to be more environmentally friendly is through textile science & innovation. Leather from pineapples, jeans from plastic bottles, it’s pretty crazy to watch as the industry is innovating. But, while that develops, one of the easiest areas to start dipping your toe in sustainable fashion now is through digital printed textiles. Here’s why it’s eco-friendly and where to find it.
You’ve got a busy life, but you have a big heart and you want your life to mean something. We get you and we are on the same page. So today we are giving you the down and dirty list of 5 really, really ridiculously easy ways to be a conscious consumer and still live your life large. You’re welcome.
When you consider bringing your manufacturing overseas it’s a big step. Where do you start? How do you budget for your product with unknown variables like tax and shipping? Maybe a good place to start is a country where there is an existing free trade agreement with America. Here’s the 20 countries who have free trade with America so you can manufacture your product with a few less international question marks.
You may read a lot about ethical fashion and sustainable fashion and wonder if they are synonyms or if there is a difference. To be honest, it’s something even the fashion industry is still struggling to define, so we wanted to break it down and make it simple. First of all, both are good and help us move in a positive direction and we hope that we will one day see a day where the whole industry operate in both on the reg. Here’s the difference between ethical & sustainable fashion.
Trying to source fabric, choose a factory, and deciding whether you are organic, naturally dyed, or ethically made can make you feel simply lost. Why not take matters in your own hands? By attending TexWorld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA Tradeshow you can get connected to the resources you need all under one roof. Here’s why you should attend.
Conscious Consumer 101 is buy less and be more intentional with the purchases you make. Which is why you don’t get far down the conscious road without running into the concept of a capsule wardrobe. Fret not, you don’t need to burn everything you own and start over to be a conscious consumer, quite the opposite in fact. Here’s 10 things you already own to start your capsule wardrobe.