Eco-fashion

Individuals, Clothing Retailers

Courtesy: INNATEX Messe (Flickr)
Courtesy: INNATEX Messe (Flickr)

Eco fashion is sustainable fashion that is created and produced with consideration of the environmental and social impact it may have throughout its total life span. Fashion can be made more sustainable through the use of environmentally friendly materials such as natural dyes and fibres (non-petroleum-based fibres such as wool, silk, jute, flax, hemp, cotton, mohair, cashmere, etc.) instead of toxic, synthetic and non-biodegradable materials.

Although cotton is a natural material, unless it is organic, it requires vast quantities of insecticides and pesticides. Fibers and materials can be recycled and reclaimed to be reused in other fashion products.

The people producing the materials must have good working conditions and fair pay. If the product is certified Fairtrade, then workers in a factory can make a fair, living wage and it allows farmers and producers get a guaranteed minimum price for their goods.

Consideration must be given to a product’s overall footprint (design, manufacturing, shipping, packaging and end of life disposal). More local clothing would likely have a lower carbon footprint compared to items that were transported great distances. If importing, shipping by sea is preferable to transporting by air.

http://www.prairietraders.com
Prairie Organic Ltd., Corofin, Tuam, Co. Galway

http://www.ohhbygum.ie
Ohh! By Gum, Station House Courtyard, Clifden, Co. Galway

http://www.apparelcoalition.org
Sustainable Apparel Coalition, San Francisco, California, USA

http://www.global-standard.org
Global Organic Textile Standard

http://www.redcarpetgreendress.com
Red Carpet Green Dress Campaign, London