Category: Fashion

Fashion - What is a clothing supply chain, and why is it that so many fast fashion companies can’t trace where their products are made?

If you’re relatively new to the ethical fashion space (or not at all new), you’ll have noticed this term popping up a lot. At Ethical Made Easy, we really harp on about it. If you google ‘supply chain’, you’ll get a bunch of information about economics.

Fashion - Four things you should do instead of feeding into the Black Friday and Cyber Monday frenzy.

You know us, we’re all for a great deal (vintage Levi’s at an op shop, for one). In saying this, we believe there’s a fine line between shopping with intent and purpose and shopping for the sake of it, and we think Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have crossed it.

Fashion - Why a higher price point does not mean it’s ethically made.

There are many questions a lot of us ponder, though we know in our heart of hearts we’ll never fully know the answer to. What’s really used in hot dogs? What is the meaning of life? Why did the chicken actually cross the road? Sorry to disappoint, but no, we are no closer to finding out the answers to these questions than you are. However, there is one question we can answer for you; a question that all of us have either been asked or have given some thought to at one point or another.

Fashion - The Ethical Fashion Report - Helpful or harmful?

For the last six years Baptist World Aid (BWA) has released its annual Ethical Fashion Report with the express purpose of providing “... a picture of ethical sourcing practices in the fashion industry as a resource for consumers, corporations, investors, and policymakers.” The report grades 130 fashion companies from A+ to F based on responses to a survey that focuses on labour rights and more recently environmental management. Theoretically, these grades are supposed to empower consumers to make ethical purchasing decisions. But how useful is the report really?

Fashion - What is greenwashing, and how can we avoid being greenwashed?

Oh, greenwashing: the great marketing tool of our generation. The obstacle that stands in the way of caring, well-intentioned consumers purchasing products that reflect their caring, well-intentioned ways. Greenwashing is basically what Kmart Veja knockoffs are to the real Veja’s: an inexpensive way of leeching off of the hard work environmentally and socially conscious brands do in order to maximise their profits.

Fashion - Why bother with ethical fashion?

Ethical fashion. If you say these two words to someone when you first meet, you’re likely to be given back a blank stare and raised eyebrows. Huh? The average person will think of slaves, child labour, and sweat shop factories they’ve seen glimpses of on the news. These are valid points in the discussion of ethical fashion, but they’re only the tip of the iceberg.

Fashion - Is Op Shopping as good as we think it is?

“You’ll be so proud of me, I just dropped off four bags full of clothes to the op shop!” She says, as she grabs another skirt off the sale rack ‘just coz’. When you gather a pile of unwanted clothes, the usual response these days, is to drop them at the op shop, or shove them in those wide mouthed metal donation bins. Although you may think this is the best option for unwanted items, think again.

Fashion - What it’s really like to be a garment worker and run an ethical business in Cambodia.

There are some things in this world that can only be understood when you’re actually in them. Working as a garment worker in Cambodia is one of those. Sure, you can watch The True Cost, read interviews, and indulge in media coverage, but describing what it’s like to work in one of the world’s most polluting and damaging industries, is near impossible.

Fashion - Five steps to a good purchase.

I used to be the type of person to head to the mall each weekend, wallet at the ready with my eyes fixated on all the bargains that were soon to be mine. Now? I avoid the place, I spend my money mindfully and I wait a minimum of two weeks from when I first found an item I ‘want’, before I purchase it.

Fashion - Three ways to break up with fast-fashion.

We’ve all been in that situation where we’ve hit “confirm payment” on an item of clothing we’d just seen on the trusty ‘gram a few minutes before. With all of the “Buy Now, Pay Later” options available to us, it’s become even easier to buy without monitoring how much we’ve actually bought, and without giving any thought to the consequences that come from this extremely easy process.

Fashion - Why we shouldn't be settling for minimum wage: The difference between a living and minimum wage.

The minimum wage for garment factory workers in Bangladesh, was raised by 51% in December 2018. You may read this and consider it a huge win, a giant success, and complete accomplishment for Bangladeshi garment workers. Sure, it’s a huge step in the right direction, but rather than leap for joy, we’re unimpressed.

Fashion - Is ethical fashion really as expensive as we think?

The average woman wears only 33% of her wardrobe. Dwell on this for a second or two. It’s crazy right? Unfortunately, we’ve been trained to think of fashion like a disposable skin that we can oh so easily strip off, and replace when we are bored. Heck, if a shirt is the price of a coffee, why wouldn’t you buy it in 7 different colours, wear only two of them, and then go back to the mall the very next week looking for something different?

Fashion - Five mainstream fashion brands you didn't know were ethical.

It is our dream for the term ‘ethical fashion’ to cease to exist. Excuse me?! That’s right; ethical fashion should be fashion. No ‘ethical’ needed; treating a person with respect, and protecting our environment, should be explanatory.

Fashion - Giving people jobs is not an excuse to buy fast fashion.

Talking about ethical fashion is hard. When you begin discussing the topic with someone who hasn’t heard of issues in the fashion industry, there’s a point in the conversation when they realise; the problem is them. They are the consumer, they are wearing clothes made by individuals exploited in third world countries, and they are holding the H&M shopping bags.

Fashion Lifestyle - Why do brands burn unsold clothes?

As a consumer, you may well have heard of the common practices that brands participate in when ridding themselves of unwanted stock. Incinerating unsold consumer products is a regular occurrence in France and is executed by the country’s leading fashion brands

Fashion - What is fast fashion?

I don’t know who came up with the term ‘Fast Fashion’ first, but whoever did used the genius of alliteration to coin a name fun enough to talk about openly without putting people off. Imagine if it was called ‘child-abuse fashion’, or ‘earth-corrupting fashion’. Not catchy, and people’ll run for the hills as soon as you bring it up.

Fashion - 13 terms you didn't know about ethical fashion.

We’ve all had that awkward word moment. You know, the one where someone’s used a word you’ve never heard in your life and you stand there smiling and waving like the penguins from Madagascar told you to because, well, you literally have no idea what that word means. There are a lot of terms within the ethical and sustainable world that are not often discussed or used in the mainstream sphere but are the cause of these awkward word moments. Never fear, Ethical Made Easy is here! Sorry team, we had to.