Ethical Fashion

Let's Just Be Honest About How Our Clothes Are Made

Leslie Johnston | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Style
Leslie Johnston

I believe that the global apparel industry can lead change. If companies know how and where their products are made, they can take the steps needed to create fair and safe conditions for workers worldwide.

Your Cheap Clothes Will Cost Lives With Future Rana Plaza Tragedies

Heidy Rehman | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

If customers better understood the differences in quality between cheap, low quality, throwaway items versus better quality and longer-lasting but higher-priced garments they may become more inclined to buy fewer but better clothes. And it may cost them no more.

Cheap Textiles Come at a High Price

Ruby Wright | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Ruby Wright

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Calling On All Fashion Houses to Pay Interns

Heidy Rehman | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

I run a start-up fashion label in South London, financed with my own money. An army of unpaid interns would make my life that much easier and would keep my costs that much lower. But I won't do it. Every one of my staff is paid. It is simply the right thing to do.

Can Fast Fashion Be Sustainable?

Trewin Restorick | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Style
Trewin Restorick

The world of fashion is increasingly under the environmental spotlight as the impact of the industry becomes apparent from pesticides in cotton through to working conditions in Bangladesh. Top of the hit list are fast fashion chains with campaigns questioning whether the pile it high sell it cheap model can be environmental sustainable.

Joanna Lumley, Malaika Firth And Daisy Lowe On Inclusive Fashion

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Style

Joanna Lumley, Malaika Firth and Daisy Lowe were among the women and men discussing how to make a positive change to the world, while at an awards cer...

Why Are People Wearing Their Clothes Inside Out?

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Style

Social media has been swamped with images of people wearing their clothes inside out - and no they didn't all get dressed in the dark this morning. ...

It's Fashion Revolution Day: Let's Show We Care

Christobel Hastings | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Style
Christobel Hastings

If our clothes could talk though, those memories would reveal things we probably wouldn't ever be likely to forget. Friday 24 April is a day that hopes to reignite the public's interest in thinking about the provenance of our clothes; the stories which our clothes can never tell, the faces of the often faceless workforce.

Rachel Moss

Questions Every Feminist Needs To Ask Herself When She Buys Cheap Clothes

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Style

With plus-size models becoming the norm and Karl Lagerfeld using feminist placards in Chanel's 2015 Spring show, on the surface, it seems the fashion ...

The Student Problem: Ethical Fashion

Laura Maw | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Maw

Unethically-produced clothing: it's a company's responsibility to refuse to sell it and the consumer's responsibility not to buy it. Right? Theoretically yes. But in practice, there are thousands of broke students all over Britain wanting the best deal on a new dress

How to Save Money And Shop Ethically

Wendy Graham | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Graham

The notion of ethical fashion has been gaining more and more ground recently, particularly since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh last year. Yet Primark hit the news again yesterday with claims that a cry for help was stitched into the label of a £10 dress. The dressmaker claimed they were forced to work exhausting hours to keep up with our demand for cheap fashion...

The Essence of Estethica: London Fashion Week's Platform for Emerging Sustainable Talent

Veronica Crespi | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Veronica Crespi

When it comes to the core concept of launching, nurturing and mentoring new brands, that's when the new concept really reveals its new, winning formula. With the tag 'Fashion For A Sustainable Future', it is clear the mission for the new 'Estethica: Emerging Talents' is to forge a new and stronger generation of sustainable forces.

Is Ethical Fashion Finally Becoming Mainstream?

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lorenzo Belenguer

Every time a tragic accident like Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, where over 1,000 workers died in the garment factory, happens, our hearts sank. It sank because it could, and should, have been prevented. However, in the current clima with shrinking wages and stratospheric rent and energy bills, Can we afford ethical fashion?

Best of 2013 Part Two: Fashioning A Better Future

Christine de Leon | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine de Leon

After the Rana Plaza disaster last April, consumers could see first hand how their appetite for cheap clothes fuels exploitative working conditions amongst the poorest people on Earth. 2013 became the year that the industry were forced to reevaluate the efficacy of their corporate social responsibility policies.

Best of 2013 Part One: Funding Ethical Fashion Democratically

Christine de Leon | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine de Leon

There are hundreds of fashion projects on both of the major crowdfund platforms that are leveraging online financial support from friends, family and total strangers. Included in the mix are a small but significant number of social entrepreneurs who are using crowdfunding as a way to marry up fashion creativity with sustainable and ethical projects.

Mandela: Let's Not Talk About the Batik-Style Shirts

Christine de Leon | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine de Leon

I imagine that today, fashion writers around the world will be mentioning Mr. Nelson Mandela's penchant for Indonesian batik-style shirts. Let's not do that here. Instead, let's talk about his life's work for a more just, more humane world.

Join the Fashion Revolution - Who Made Your Clothes?

Amisha Ghadiali | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amisha Ghadiali

Please mark 24 April 2014 in your diaries as this is Fashion Revolution Day when we will come together to commemorate the first anniversary of the collapse, remember the victims of Rana Plaza and change our fashion future.

Fashion Intentions

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Yasmin Khatun

As the thin piece of attire some Muslim women choose to cover their faces with (as part of religious principal) once again becomes a point of discussion here in Britain, it is today an important day to think about clothing.

From Fast Fashion to Slow Style

Fiona McPhillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona McPhillips

So workers are suffering because of low wages and dangerous working conditions, consumers are suffering thanks to poor quality clothing that doesn't last and the environment is suffering due to the overproduction of clothes and a complete lack of regard for sustainability. The clothes may be cheap but we are all paying for them one way or another.

What is the True Cost of Bagging a Bargain? The Value of the See Through Fashion Campaign

Roxanne Fox | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Roxanne Fox

Having walked in the way of temptation and failed to resist, a few hours later the ensuing guilt rears its ugly head. In the past this regret would simply result from my tendency to make impulsive purchases, despite an ever-dwindling bank balance. These days it is far worse.

'Fashion Must Come Clean'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK

Most consumers want fashion brands to be more transparent about how their clothes are made, and would pay more if they could be certain they were made...

Dying for a Pair of Jeans

James Elliott | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Style
James Elliott

What are you wearing right now? Is it a pair of blue jeans? If it is, then it's more than likely they were made in the Guangdong province of China, where over half the world's denim is produced. If they're sandblasted, then someone may well have died making them for you.

Why I Won't Be Boycotting Primark

Ilana Winterstein | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ilana Winterstein

In response to a boycott, brands may cut production or pull out of factories. This would lead to the loss of jobs, garment workers struggling to feed their families and families being unable to send their children to school.

After The Bangladesh Factory Collapse, Should You Boycott Primark?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK

The neglect and exploitation that led to the collapse of a Dhaka building housing eight factories is the latest in a long line of horrific incidents a...

Ethical Living - An Issue of Class?

Nadia Henderson | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Style
Nadia Henderson

When news broke last week that yet another disaster had befallen a garment factory in Bangladesh, I was angered and upset, but not very surprised. It had been a matter of months since the Tazreen factory fire had claimed 112 workers' lives, and it was inevitable that tragedy would strike again before long. I sat at my laptop, scrolling through Twitter, as more details unfolded. Incidentally, I was wearing a Primark dress.