Remember how I wrote a bit about Australian ethical fashion a couple of weeks ago? And how I was going to approach getting dressed a bit differently? This was all with a view to… A Year Of Ethical Fashion! Yep! Actually, I am hoping this ethical approach will stick for more than a year (as my Year Sans Booze is turning out to be!) A year is a really good start to a whole life rethink, I think!
Here’s the Year of Ethical Fashion (#YOEF) pledge for 2014…
If I’m looking for things to wear I will only:
a) Buy from ethical makers or
b) Buy second-hand or
c) Make it myself or
d) Wear things I already own or
e) Borrow or swap garments with friends
Sounds pretty doable, right? Maybe you can take the pledge too?! For a year? Or longer, even?!
When you have a blog, it’s good to work on projects that raise awareness and tackle important issues. This one is really important. There’s a lot of mindless, fast-fashion snapping-up going on, especially at this time of year. While ethical fashion has been an important issue to consider for a long time, it’s even more urgent now. In the wake of the Bangladeshi factory disaster, we really can’t ignore the part fast/cheap/branded fashion played. While it’s too late for those who lost their lives, it’s not too late for us to push for change. Let’s do our bit to push for fair conditions for people who work in manufacturing, starting with our own choices and behaviour. We need to buy less and sometimes pay more to ensure that everyone gets looked after, don’t you think?
Would you like to be part of this? There are no punishments if you slip up, but the idea is to really think about what you are buying (and buying into!) and spread the word. Try your very best fair-fashion-wise (and maybe you are already doing that!) Sign up below or in the comments, if you want to, or join in without signing up. It’s up to you!
- You can also join the Facebook group to swap Ethical Fashion tips and posts. Just ask to join!
- You can share your finds/ideas/posts any time via the #YOEF tag too, if that sounds good to you!
- Buttons and the pledge are over here for download too!
See you on Thursday! Happy #YOEF -ing! Are you in?!