What is ethical fashion, and why would it involve me I hear you say?
Well, it is a fact that most clothing available in stores today is produced in an unethical manner using sweatshops and child labour to ensure a larger profit margin. Manufacturers use unsustainable fabrics like non-organic cotton (dubbed as natural, it accounts for almost 25% of all pesticide use) and polyester (which is a petroleum by-product). They use dying practices which release chlorine, chromium, and other pollutants into the environment posing a health risk to the farmers, assemblers and wearers*
The shift to ethical production practices in the clothing industry has been undeniably important for a long time the market has become open to positive change. As consumers start to become more aware they begin to demand better, you could demand better too.
In fact if we all give a little thought to how our lifestyles and lifestyle choices affect our environment we soon realise that with a few simple measures we can make some dramatic changes. We can do this most simply by choosing brands that have a commitment to using products that are produced responsibly and boycotting those who don’t. With the huge choice available we can do this with little or no sacrifices when it comes to fashion.
I have recently launched my own label “sobergoose” , a cool online boutique producing men’s and women’s t-shirts. We have ensured that all our garments are sourced from a company at the forefront of ethical fashion. They were one of the first members of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). The FWF works to improve labour conditions in the garment industry. By affiliation to FWF manufacturers remain committed to implementing and maintaining a Code of Conduct designed specifically for the garment industry. Companies that become members of FWF and sign the Code of Conduct take on the obligation to adhere to the labour standards in their own business operations. They also accept the duty to do everything possible to get other companies in their chain (e.g. suppliers) to respect these labour standards.
Members subscribe to the FWF Code of Conduct and accept independent verification of the implementation of the Code of Conduct.
The Code of Conduct is based on the Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Code of Conduct for the Garment Industry incorporates the following eight labour standards:
No use of child labour
No use of forced labour
Safe and healthy working conditions
Legal labour contract
Payment of a living wage
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.
No discrimination against employees
No excessive working hours
Visit our website to see how Sobergoose supports Ethical Fashion. We believe in choice.
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By doing so you are supporting Sobergoose and ethical fashion. By doing so you can change people’s lives!
*7 of the top 15 pesticides used on conventional US cotton crops are “possible” to “known” human carcinogens.
My Name Chris Gosling – Founder and Designer for Sobergoose. We are an online t shirt boutique offering cool t shirts for both men and women. Our designs are unique and edgy and our garments made using high quality 100% brushed cotton. We are commited to producing clothing that is eco friendly and offer a 100% organic range. We use waterbased discharge inks for our screenprinting producing an exceptionally soft finish giving a superb fluidity to the garment.
Be cool this summer and check out Sobergoose at: http://www.sobergoose.co.uk/
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