Should we change our shopping habits and embrace slow fashion. Should we buy slow like it’s fast? Learn why we should support ethical retailers instead of turning away from consumerism entirely.
Ignorance is bliss. Even ignorance underpinned by a gnawing suspicion that the bargain you’re about to bag has to have a catch. Well it does, it has one hell of a catch. And that gnawing suspicion is now a terrifying reality. Back in the 80s, growing up in Ireland, money wasn’t plentiful. The Christmas trip to Primark for new pyjamas and “Christmas clothes” was an event and school uniforms were purchased on layaway. Events like weddings required months of budgeting to afford the requisite hat as well as outfits for the kids. The gnawing suspicion was there. People were vaguely aware of sweatshops but I think there was an underlying assumption that people were inherently good and decent. If kids were being used in factories, surely it wasn’t that many. And if women were being forced to work long hours, wasn’t it better than being in the sex trade. People were blissfully unaware of how bad things really were. Fast forward to 2015 and it’s a very different story. We have the facts and a simple google search places the ugly truth right in front of us. In fact, we don’t even need to actively seek this truth – after […]
Each of us can make small ethical changes in our lives to improve the lives of others and give back to the world. Here’s a little story about one of mine. Yesterday as I prepared to head out for an afternoon of coffee-sipping and post-writing I had what my Aussie boyfriend refers to as a “thong blowout”. For those of us not raised down under, that means my flip flops went to the big shoe heaven in the sky (and not some kind of kinky underwear-related fun!) I’ve had these Accessorise flip flips for a couple of years now and they’ve served me well. The light beading on the straps meant they could be dressed up or down so (in theory) I could pack less footwear for holidays. I’m also a fan of flip flops as soon as there is a hint of warmth in the London air. Couple that with an upcoming trip to Oz and these definitely needed to be replaced. Purchase justified and so the day had finally come when I could purchase a pair of Gandys flip flops. I spotted these guys about six months ago and made a mental note to source my next pair of flip flops from them. […]
Sometimes the sheer number of touch points where a product can let the ethical consumer down overwhelms me. The list is endless and it can make a regular person, usually intention-rich but time-poor, throw their hands up in despair.
This is a great documentary about life in a sweatshop for anybody wondering if the inconvenience of avoiding fast fashion is really worth it. I don’t know about you, but after watching this the “sacrifices” I make seem a little trivial! Over the series we see the breaking down of the participant’s somewhat relaxed attitudes towards sweatshops and forced labour. The usual attitudes of “lucky to have a job” and “at least not a prostitute” are quite quickly eroded once the reality sets in. The film is made all the more powerful by their realisation that the nameless, faceless people they rely on for their fashion are just like them.