Let’s shine a spotlight on some of the ethical companies used in my work! I love what they’re doing, and I believe that it’s important to leave the world a little better than we found it.
Unfortunately, as a whole, we haven’t been doing a great job looking after our environment, or our fellow humans. The environmental impact of the fashion industry cannot be understated, from waters polluted with dyes, to textiles piling up in landfills, from child and slave labor in the fashion supply chain, to women and children losing their lives and limbs in garment factories.
If you ask me, cheap clothing is not worth having that kind of blood on my hands, and it has no place in my work. If I have to be the cause of someone losing limbs, or children slaving, I can do without a cheap top, a garment I might throw away once it wears down quickly anyway.
If you want to be part of the solution, try these brands that are actively trying to solve some of these problems! I use Pact for my custom baby onesies, Everlane for t-shirts, and FabScrap for a variety of projects.
PACT: We believe in crafting clothing differently: Sustainable materials, kindness towards humans and the softest clothing you’ll want on every layer. Toxic dyes, pesticides and bad attitudes have no place in your clothes.
EVERLANE: We spend months finding the best factories around the world—the same ones that produce your favorite designer labels. We visit them often and build strong personal relationships with the owners. Each factory is given a compliance audit to evaluate factors like fair wages, reasonable hours, and environment. Our goal? A score of 90 or above for every factory.
FABSCRAP: Each pound of waste from apparel production is associated with 2.06 pounds of CO2-E. When disposed in landfill, the dyes and chemicals in fabrics can leach into the soil, contaminating local water systems. FabScrap takes huge quantities of discontinued, excess or unwanted fabric from big fashion brands, and either recycles, resells, or donates them to artists, students, and companies who can use the fabric and make something beautiful and unique.
When you purchase ethically made fashion, you are voting for the kind of world you want to live in.