Where does organic clothing come in here?
What is slow fashion?
Slow fashion involves manufacturing clothing that will last test of time. The key is to use safe sustainable materials and manufacturing limited numbers in various styles. It takes time to make this and it is not mass produced. Organic cotton is one of the best choice for clothing made using slow fashion model due to its tensile strength and durability. Slow fashion also involves following a transparent supply chain by companies involved as this prevents child labour and labour exploitation. People Tree is one the brand that is a pioneer of slow fashion and it’s growth indicates consumers are looking for sustainable and ethical choices while purchasing for their wardrobe.
Certification and Standards
GOTS standard is a well recognised standard for organic clothing and more and more manufacturers are applying for the certification to remain competitive. Another certification worthy of consideration for brands is FairTrade Certification. It is bit harder for smaller or startup brands to get fair trade certified though they might follow fairtrade practices in their supply chain. The reason being fair trade requires a minimum purchase quantity and new brands usually prefer to start with smaller volumes.
How fast fashion industry affects theenvironment?
We can keep writing about the impacts of fast fashion industry on the environment. Beginning from the cotton grown to dyes used, fast fashion chains use an array of toxic chemicals during the manufacturing process. The is not treated and directly let to river beds and other perennial water sources causing drinking water problem in developing nations. Not only that, as the water resources are polluted resulting in farmers being affected to a greater extent of not being able to cultivate in their own land due to soil contamination, resulting in farmers suicide in many developing nations.
How we can help?
As consumers, we can help by purchasing by brands that are transparent and open about their supply chain. Also, organic and ethically made clothing is of greater benefit to the environment and the skin and we should educate ourselves to look for more sustainable choices before buying our clothing.