Ethical Fashion

The Student Problem: Ethical Fashion

Laura Maw | Posted 08.07.2014 | 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 25.06.2014 | 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.

Four Alternatives to a Primark Boycott

Christine de Leon | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK
Christine de Leon

Some have suggested a consumer boycott of Bangladeshi garments at these retailers, but a boycott could be counter-productive because doing so could jeopardise the job security of the garment workers. The best course of action is to put consumer pressure on Primark. We can't shift our society's addiction to cheap fashion overnight, but we can insist that as the buyers, Primark must put pressure on their supply chain to adhere to the basic tenets of a safe working environment.

Made in England

Christine de Leon | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

It is quicker and better to circumvent a murky supply chain altogether by reframing our love for fashion in two ways: first, decide that it is better to buy from independent designers rather than a multinational corporation and second, look for labels that are manufactured locally.

What Are Your Rules To Dress By?

Amisha Ghadiali | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Style
Amisha Ghadiali

The global industry that employs one sixth of the world's population is riddled with issues such as fast fashion, toxic chemical use, forced labour and waste. Let's make 2013 the year each of us become conscious consumers and demand that the fashion industry is changed.

Treasure Vintage in the Age of Austerity

Christine de Leon | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

It's safe to say that the festive season has begun. The office Christmas party is booked and New Year's Eve party invitations have been RSVP'd, so now the 'What will I wear?' question looms in the air, somewhere between your wardrobe as it is now and your bank account.

Cotton Production Puts in Peril the Lives of Millions Around the World, it's About Time More of Our Brands Cottoned On

Amy Leech | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Style
Amy Leech

The contents of my wardrobe don't change much - you're more likely to find Narnia in there than this season's print or cut of jeans. When I do go clothes shopping, the way the fabric has been produced doesn't influence whether I'll take it home or not.

Meet the Entrepreneur Changing the Way Fashion Works

Chris Deary | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Style
Chris Deary

Adriana Herrera has a dream: "We want to make it very simple for you to find things based on your interests and likes. Right now, no-one is doing that in the world of fashion."

Is the Fashion Industry Blinding Us With Greenwashing?

Esther Freeman | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Freeman

So while I appreciate that it's good that brands like M&S are starting to act on sustainability, we can't ever let up. It's time we say, thanks for doing that, but what are you going to do next? Because "more than most" is never enough.

Is Fair Trade Overseas Unfair for People at Home?

Esther Freeman | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK Style
Esther Freeman

This month we celebrate World Fair Trade Day, a campaign spearheaded by People Tree, a fair trade fashion label. But are People Tree making the move to a fair trade culture more difficult by charging nearly £100 for their dresses? If you're on a low income is fair trade fashion ever possible for you?

Partnerships or People Power - Which is the Best Route to Social Change?

Esther Freeman | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Freeman

>How is it best to bring about social change? Working in partnership from the inside, or taking direct action from the outside?