Ethical fashion refers to an approach to the design, sourcing, and manufacture of clothing production that keeps workers and communities in mind, alongside
Over the past decade, the practice of ethical fashion has been a growing part of the fashion industry and has helped raise awareness of issues in garment factories within less economically developed countries. The practice of ethical fashion aims to address problems associated with the way the fashion industry operates in relation to exploitative
In the podcast below I spoke to Daisy Morrison, co-founder of the Ethical Box, who explained the practice of ethical fashion and influence of celebrity in raising awareness of ethically made garments.
Peter Conway director and printer of an eco-friendly screen printing company, I Dress Myself spoke of the companies approach to the eco practice, he states that: “We were the first screen printing company in the UK to exclusively use 100% solvent free water based inks for all of our printing. We specialise in screen-printing by hand using eco-friendly inks to produce high quality products with attention to detail. We print organic T-shirts, art prints and bespoke packaging for clients across Europe. The brand is not something we sat down and invented, it has been a process of evolution. We made the choice to start a screen printing company and we wanted to make it as ethically oriented as we could, as this was how we approached all other aspects in our life.”
In relation to the execution of ethics, Conway states: “Our brand shows that people can run successful businesses along ethical lines and that quality doesn’t have to be compromised for something to be printed using eco-friendly materials. But more
The current level of awareness received in bringing garment manufacturers to the public eye has enabled ethical fashion companies to help factory workers on a one-on-one basis and find effective solutions to issues.
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So what can we do as consumers to ensure that we shop more ethically aware? According to Peter Conway of I Dress Myself, “Consumers need to educate themselves regarding the impact that their shopping habits have on the world. My tip is if you are going to make one change, use organic cotton. The amount of people who die from pesticides each year is staggering.”