Sustainable fashion, or eco-fashion, aims to change fashion products and systems in a more ecologically friendly and socially just way. This concept goes beyond textiles and products. It discusses how clothing is produced, who produces it, and how long the life span of a product is before it reaches the landfill. In addition, sustainable fashion advocates using locally grown, biodegradable fabrics with little to no unfavourable effects on the environment.
Why is sustainable fashion important?
The sustainable fashion movement has a huge affect on how the consumers look at fashion. From buying fashion to re-using, the movement has a lot of power to shift highstreet fashion into a positive for the climate. By helping people understand and educate on sustainable and ethical fashion, we can hope to let brands know that fast fashion is simply not an option for us and our planet.
Climate change is real and it’s affecting our planet everyday, we must take action to prevent it. This is why Our Culture has pledged to educate the public about fashion and it’s affects on the planet. With the power of our website and social media, we can push sustainable fashion forward and hopefully help save the world.
Is sustainable fashion expensive?
Sadly, a lot of big and start up companies have taken the approach of promoting sustainable fashion as a high-end, expensive, status-driven product line. Whilst it’s not always expensive, sustainable clothes tend to cost more than regular ones as they are produced in places where workers are paid more, and the material is stronger and better for the environment throughout its life cycle. Fair trade clothing and food has become popular over the years, but the price has put away the lower income groups of buying it.
What is organic cotton?
Organic cotton is an alternative to regular cotton you may see in fast-fashion brands like Primark or PLT. It’s purpose is to last longer and be arguably more comfortable. Organic cotton t-shirt are sold by many brands including John Lewis, ASOS, and even Amazon.
What is United Nation’s alliance for sustainable fashion?
An initiative of United Nations agencies and allied organizations, the United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion seeks to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through coordinated action in the fashion sector. In particular, the Alliance aims to support coordination between UN bodies involved in fashion and promote projects and policies that will ensure that the fashion value chain contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets.
As understood by the Alliance, fashion includes clothing, leather and footwear, made from textiles and related goods. Therefore, the scope of the Alliance’s work extends from producing raw materials and manufacturing garments, accessories and footwear, to their distribution, consumption, and disposal.
What is a greenhouse gas?
In order to cause the greenhouse effect, a greenhouse gas absorbs and emits energy in the thermal infrared range. The primary greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere are water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone.