If you have decided to support clothing brands that are producing and sourcing ethically, you have recognized the importance of knowing how you spend in terms of fashion. But, it may not be easy to determine the brands that deserve your support. You will need to learn to build the right habits. When shopping for ethical clothes, consider the tips below:
Decide on your Priorities
When deciding on the clothing brand to support, educate yourself about possible problems which arise in the process of making clothes. These include environmental effects, laborer rights, social impacts, and transparency. Whether you prefer to purchase all organic clothes or are more concerned with the garment laborers’ safety, make sure you choose a brand that shares your priorities.
Learn more About your Preferred Brand
Check out independent brand-ranking organizations to know how your favorite brand scores on various issues. If your favorite is not being reviewed by these organizations, check their history. This allows you to know about their track record whether good or bad. You will want to steer clear of brands that have been known for using harmful dyes or forced labor.
Moreover, you can also read the claims of brands about their own ethics. Although brands will try to paint themselves in a positive light, you can try to look at the literature they publish about themselves. This will help you determine their real priorities. Real change makers in sustainable clothing will address how and where things are made instead of making general claims about sustainability without acting on it.
Get to Know Ethical Boutiques
It can get frustrating to know that the majority of Western brands are not prioritizing ethical manufacturing. But, it can make you feel good to know more those brands that do otherwise. A lot of online boutiques curate beautiful selections from a range of ethical labels. If you are doubtful, think about shopping secondhand. Thrift stores help in reducing the clothes that disposed of in landfills and use their proceeds for supporting charities.
Start Adjusting your Shopping Habits
Shopping in a way that considers the effect your purchase has on the life of a developing world’s seamstress or river is less convenient than it is to only think about your wardrobe. You may have to make a real shift in how you think about shopping. This requires you to do more pre-emptive and learn to be less impulsive when you buy something. Your commitment to ethical fashion lies in you.