As ethical fashion becomes more prominent it's important to stay up to date, but also learn how you can change your own buying habits. It's been a while since we've given you some fresh new resources to help educate you on the importance of ethical fashion, so we put together a list of 7 credible ethical fashion books that you have to read before the year is over. Some of these books have been out for a while, but they're still well worth the read!
Fair wage assurance is one of the major pieces missing in garment factories and it's no secret that not all brands have that on their checklist when sourcing or they don't know how to ensure it's met. The Bangladesh Embassy held an event by Faruque Hassan who is the president of the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, to discuss the importance of giving workers better jobs and safer work environments. Here's what we know about the event:
Building your sustainable brand with no resources is though, but ethical factories are ready to help and support your brand's journey. Ethical factories are transparent because they want you to know what they're doing in the industry to create a better planet for all of us. When looking for a factory to work with, always ask what they're doing to make an impact and how that benefits your brand during production.
Starting with US manufacturing is common for emerging brands, but as you scale you may find being price competitive a real hurdle. Making the jump to overseas manufacturing can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Knowing which boxes need to be checked before starting the process of overseas apparel manufacturing will save you tons of time and money. Here's what you'll need in order to be ready to make the leap to overeseas production.
Textile waste is one of the biggest environmental issues facing the fashion industry today. In an effort to reduce this, we are seeing many brands opt for recycled materials like Econyl, Repreve and more. But the options in end to end textile recycling are still pretty limited. While advances have been made in recycled polyester, recycled natural fibers haven't seemed to catch on quite as strongly. Furthermore, many fabrics today are blends of natural and plastic fibers making them traditionally impossible to fully recycle to new fabric. Here's how these options are improving and their impact on the industry:
The renewal for the Bangladesh Accord has gone global and there's a reason for that happening. When Rana Plaza collapsed in 2013, the fashion industry was shaken and not only industry professionals saw the need for change, but so did consumers. The Bangladesh trade unions and Global Union Federations, along with labour rights groups, made it their mission to keep workers safe because factory safety is a right.
Online shopping has become the new norm, increasing sales by 32.4% over the last year. Because of this, more shipping material is being used and it's important for brands across all industries, to implement sustainable shipping materials. If your brand is already established, it can be difficult to make the full switch to becoming fully sustainable in one jump. There are many changes that can be made to your brand easily, to get you on the right track on your journey towards sustainability. Something we find very beneficial to brands, is switching to sustainable packaging, and we've got some tips on how to choose the best one that fits your brand.
Before moving forward, your production checklist should have all of it's marks to ensure that you're going to meet your production time goals. Knowing what roadblocks and time delays could cause for delays need to be known ahead of time so you're prepared. Here's what you need to know:
When your brand is in production, all aspects of the supply chain need to be evaluated for standards, but doing this accurately can be tricky. With the number of factory workers in each facility, and so many moving parts, how do you attempt due diligence? Supply chain software and technology is expanding, and here's how they're changing production and making it easier for your factory.
We love seeing brands (all brands) grow in their sustainability journey. One brand we've been impressed with over the last five years is Madewell. From using WFTO certified factories to a brilliant denim take back program, they've been getting their customers excited about sustainable fashion. Now Madewell has partnered with ThredUP to enhance their customers second-hand shopping experience with their new platform "Madewell Forever". Their mission is to lower the amount of denim waste by opening a new window in the world of second-hand shopping and here's how.