Starting a commitment to sustainable and ethical fashion practices can be very overwhelming. At times you might wonder how it can be possible. You wonder what you can do. You wonder is it enough? Doing a quick Google search on eco-friendly fashion companies can bring up a huge list, and although everything seems great, I have found that eventually, I read somewhere that a company is not as eco-friendly as I once thought. Before you get in over your head, consider incorporating sustainability into smaller pieces. Wherever you happen to begin your ethical fashion journey, whether it’s online, in a used clothing store, or reading a well-renowned blogger, here are a few resources to consider and select from.
- Ethical Fashion Bloggers:
Want to know more about the sustainable fashion industry? Get started with The Note Passer. Eager to learn more about sustainable textiles? Read more from Tortoise and Lady Grey. Interested in making your own clothes or repairing and/or repurposing them? Consult Green Issues by Agy or Wobi Sobi. Interested in not just ethical fashion but also in politics and a sustainable lifestyle? Just ask Eco Warrior Princess or Ecocult. There are plenty of more bloggers out there, but these are just a few to get you started. If you want more, Ethical Writers Coalition consists of writers, journalists, and creatives who empower others to live a more sustainable life. Select one and begin learning more about how you can incorporate their suggestions into your everyday life. Eventually, you may find you want to read others, but find one you’re interested in and commit from there.
- Online Ethical Fashion Companies:
There are more ethical fashion companies out there than you probably realize. Ranging from large (Patagonia, Prana, Eileen Fisher) to small (Raven + Lily, Mercado Global, Global Goods Partners), you could easily get overwhelmed by how many companies are out there. I admire the style of People Tree, 31 Bits, and We Are Thought Clothing, and would love to decorate my home with Indego Africa and UncommonGoods, but until I am out of graduate school with a full paying job, I also recommend purchasing at second-hand stores like Goodwill, Savers, and Buffalo Exchange. The Good Wardrobe and Kollabora are also wonderful places to find lessons on sewing and repairs. If you’re interested in more online shops, Busy Mommy has a fantastic listing of over 150 companies.
- Instagram, Podcasts, and More:
Some of my favorite Instagram accounts for magazines and organizations include Eco Fashion Week, B Corporation, and Conscious Magazine. Their ideas and posts are spot on when it comes to sustainability and I also admire their commitment to respecting others and the environment. Eluxe Magazine and Darling Magazine are also some of my favorite online magazines (also available in print) that advocate for sustainability, showcase healthy lifestyles (both mental and physical health), and focus on women’s empowerment. If you’d prefer to listen to updates or ideas on ethical fashion and living, consider Spirit of 608: Fashion, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability + Tech, The Ethical Business Podcast, or The Slow Home Podcast. Each one brings a different way of looking at sustainable clothing choices and living.
- Fashion Revolution Day Resources:
If you’re interested in being a part of Fashion Revolution Day next year, the website not only has a wealth of information, it also provides resources including Action Kits, tips on letters and postcards to write to policymakers, and educational toolkits. Choosing and starting one of these actions each year can help you advocate for change without feeling overwhelmed. I also have posts on steps to take after Fashion Revolution Day and shared the love stories of my favorite fashion items if you need more inspiration to be a part of this day.
While there are no doubt, many more resources than the ones I’ve listed, I’ve started a small compilation to show you there are many ways to begin your commitment to ethical fashion. These are a few of my favorites that have become a go-to when I need more information. They’ve also been essential to me and I hope that if you select one resource, you’ll find it can be essential to you too.
What ethical fashion resources do you know of? What would you add to this list?