What is Ethical Fashion?

When I decided to take my blog in the direction of a more ethical lifestyle and fashion focus, the main question I got was, “What is ethical fashion”? The second question… Why?

I kind of answered question two in this post explaining my personal decision for switching to this lifestyle. But I'm going to use today's post to explain more about what this lifestyle is.

what is ethical fashion

So what is ethical fashion?

The fancy definition by the Victoria and Albert Museum is this:

Ethical Fashion is an umbrella term to describe ethical fashion design, production, retail, and purchasing. It covers a range of issues such as working conditions, exploitation, fair trade, sustainable production, the environment, and animal welfare.

Say wha? That's a lot of things. A lot of general things. The truth is that maintaining an ethical lifestyle and wardrobe can mean a lot of different things.

There are people who tend to focus on pollution, which is a huge issue. Some don't like the chemicals used in the dying process. Others who notice the labor exploitation and trafficking that takes place in the fashion industry. All of these fall under this huge umbrella of “ethical fashion”.

Wait… There are certifications?

Yeah. There are. And not just one or two. In my research, I found at least twenty before I even got overwhelmed. When I'm looking at new places to shop, I typically look for the following two certifications.

The first is Fair Trade Certified. When a company is Fair Trade Certified, it means they are taking the people who produce the product, the community it's produced in, and the environment seriously. They cover everything from the income of everyone involved in the production process to the very chemicals used in production. This certification includes a variety of industries, including fashion, coffee, jewelry and more.

Some popular brands holding this certification are Nespresso Coffee, Pact, Patagonia, and prAna. Be careful with this one, though. Brands like Madewell hold certifications for certain products, like their jeans, but not all of their products are actually fair trade.

The other certification I look for in brands is Certified B Corporation. For me, this is a more important certification. Each business that holds this certification undergoes a rigorous evaluation to determine whether or not they uphold the standard required. Their words: “From your supply chain and input materials to your charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification proves your business is meeting the highest standards of verified performance.”

Some popular brands that are Certified B Corps are Veja Sneakers, Athleta, Nisolo, and Raven & Lily.

But I don't have time to research if a brand is ethical.

Believe it or not… there's an app for that! Good On You is an app available on iOS and Google Play, making it possible to have all the information you need at your fingertips. They do all the research, so all you have to do is type the name of a brand you're curious about in the search bar.

Don't believe me about how easy it is to look for a brand? Here's a screen grab of how simple it is.

 

Shop My Favorite Ethical Brands >

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  • If I were to pick a favorite outfit of the week, it would probably be Tuesday’s. The office I work in gets really cold, so even though it’s in the 70’s in Texas, I have to dress warmer for work. Anyone else work in an icebox? ❄️
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  • Is it bad that I kind of want it to get super cold again so I can wear this coat? 🙈 I got it at a vintage shop in Deep Ellum called @fleastyle. It’s been in the 70’s all week in DFW, which means it’s officially time for me to switch my closet over to spring. Would y’all like to see a post on the blog about switching over your closet? Let me know in the comments! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • Sooooooo I didn’t get the chop... yet! Why? Because this was my first time having a new stylist cut my hair in about 10 years. I would have gotten it cut before I moved, but I didn’t realize how bad of shape it was in! How long have you gone to your hair stylist? 
I highly recommend Liz at @metsalonco in Plano! She completely understood and put my fears at ease. I’ll be seeing her again in a couple months to do something a little more drastic! 😉
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I have a hair appointment tomorrow and I’m trying to decide if I should keep it long or get a lob. .
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  • Yesterday, I DELETED over 500 😱 followers from my Instagram, and I’m SO HAPPY I did. I took the suggestion from another blogger, @austentosone, to go through my followers and check for spam accounts. I thought I’d have a few, but y’all, it was out of control. •
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I really care about community. I create content not only because I love creating things, but because I love sharing them with people who are also interested in sustainable fashion. I want this to be a space where we can talk about ethical and sustainable fashion. A two way conversation. I want my blog to be a resource for people who are seeking a new lifestyle. What are some questions you’ve had about ethical and sustainable fashion? Let me know in the comments below! •
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If you’re a fellow influencer who is struggling with comparison and just keeping up with the rest, you’re not alone. Know that your value is NOT found in a number. You are loved. You were created with a purpose. Don’t lose sight of that purpose by focusing on a number. •
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Today on the blog, I’m sharing why I deleted all those followers and more about my intention for MINIMALISTA.
  • Who else is happy it’s spring? 🌸
Confession: I still haven’t switched my closet over. My parents are coming to town this weekend, so I’m going to wait until after their visit to switch over. 🌷
Because I still haven’t unpacked my spring clothing, this is a #tbt to my trip to NYC over Labor Day. This top is the Texture & Thread brand at @madewell, and it will definitely be featured again this spring! While this exact print isn’t available anymore, there are some solid ones in beautiful colors. Both of the tops I did find at Madewell are under $40! #LTKunder50 🌼
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  • What is one item you have in your closet that you consistently use? Today, I’m wearing this top I got 7 years ago for spring. It’s amazing how long clothing will last when you take care of it! 
But aside from this top, I don’t have a lot of spring/summer clothing. So yesterday I shared 8 items on my wishlist for spring! You can check that out by going to the link in my profile. 
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  • What do you wear on days where the weather can’t decide what it wants to do? In Dallas today, it’s 60 degrees but gloomy and rainy 🌧 so we can’t go out and enjoy. 
I’ve had this tote from @nisoloshoes for three years now and it’s still the best bag I’ve ever purchased. The exact style isn’t available anymore (the Joann tote), but I’ve linked the Lori tote which is similar! Plus, with @afterpayusa, you can purchase ethically while being a bit easier on the budget! 
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