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Ethical Fashion Principles


We all wear clothes. As a consumer of clothing, there are many ways that you can change your day to day habits to influence the way these clothes are made, and their impact on people and the environment when they are produced, while using them and when they reach the end of their “fashion” life.

If you work in the fashion industry, as a designer, a buyer, a business
owner, on the shop floor or any other role, regardless of the level of responsibility you hold, you have the opportunity to influence the way fashion business is conducted.
See FAQ for further information on what to do as a fashion designer or business to implement sustainable practices.

1. Inform yourself
Find out about the social and environmental impact of the fashion industry- and the ways in which this can be addressed.
The Fashion: Ethics section of this website provides an introduction to the issues and links to some other online resources.

Sign up to the EFF to receive regular updates on new resources, seminars, projects and events.

2. Ask questions
If you are buying clothes, ask about where and how they were made. If companies have advertised or promoted ethical. fair trade or organic lines, ask where to find them. If enough consumers ask questions, even the biggest businesses will start to take notice.
Most large companies now have details of their ethical policies online-
so you can find out more and email your questions or requests for further information.
If you work in the fashion industry, ask why the business practices in your company are the way they are. Understanding this is the key to knowing how to champion more sustainable practices.

3. Use your consumer or buying power positively
Buy from companies which are committed to social and environmental sustainability in their business practices. Look out for companies which commit to fair trade or organic sourcing, and to supporting sustainable livelihoods or reducing environmental impact. See FAQ “Where can I find ethical clothing, and how do I know if it is really ethical?”

4. Value what you buy
Consumer buying habits have changed dramatically in the last 30 years.
The cost of clothing, relative to overall income, has gone steadily down-
this means that consumers can own more clothing than ever before. While consumers used to buy fewer , more valuable pieces of clothing and
treasure and repair them, now it is very easy to buy something new every week and hardly ever wear it or throw it away when its starts to fall apart
or goes out of fashion. Why not make the decision to buy only things you really love- and treasure them. Work out the total amount you spend on clothes per year- and think about spending it differently.

5. Reduce your environmental fashion footprint
Wash your clothes less often, at lower temperatures and using eco-detergents, and avoid tumble drying and ironing where possible. Consider customising (see get creative, below) or swishing (http://www.swishing.org) before giving away your clothes to charity or recycling banks. Buy second hand or buy less and treasure it more
(see value what you buy, above)

6. Get creative
Its amazing what you can do to customise your clothes- or change them
from things you thought you would never wear again- into cool and unique pieces. Check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/blast/art/showcase/competition/
for some tips and ideas on customising denim

7. Make your voice heard
Not happy about some of the things you have heard about the garment industry? Make yourself heard! There are a number of organisations
focused on campaigning which raise awareness and organise action around unfair conditions for garment workers. Check out www.labourbehindthelabel.org for information on how you can take action.

8. Contribute your time
Volunteer to get involved with EFF projects or events. This could mean helping out with catwalk shows, fashion shoots, competitions, seminars or networking events. Apart from being a lot of fun this is a good way to learn more about the issues and meet some of the designers involved. If you would like a more creative role, you could consider volunteering your time with some of the fashion businesses which are members of the EFF. Doing a placement or internship in the sector is the best way to get more involved and get the skills and experience needed for apply for paid positions in the sector. If you are interested in volunteering, send an email to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

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