1)A Louis Vuitton Neverfull
I have a couple of more expensive handbag which go on rotation. I love them all, they all have a story and it means that I am never tempted to buy cheaper more throwaway ones.”
Organic cotton and regular cotton, what’s the difference? Well, it’s pretty big it turns out. At Stiall we’re dedicated to providing you with all the essential information – so here’s what you need to know
This means that by buying organic you’re helping the environment. Growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility are a big part of the organic movement, ensuring soil fertility.
Unlike regular cotton, organic cotton is free of harmful toxins. It has been estimated that 25% of the worlds insecticides are used for conventionally grown cotton – more than any other crop in the world.
Pesticides used for non organic cotton have poisoned farmers and meant factory workers breath in harmful fumes during manufacturing. Recent studies by the World Health Organisation show that “up to 20,000 deaths each year are caused by pesticide poisoning in developing countries”. In the Untied States, a huge cotton producer more than “10,000 farmers die each year from cancers related to such chemicals.”
Chemical residues can be trapped in non-organic cottons. These can cause irritated skins, rashes, headaches and dizziness.
The organic cotton crop is protected with natural materials to ward off insects, a much better method than pesticides considering 1/3 of a pound of chemical insecticides are used to grow enough cotton for just one t-shirt.
The threads of organic cotton have not been broke down or damaged the way conventional cotton is. It therefore generally lasts longer and is praised for being softer and more comfortable.
So, there you have it. Organic cotton has a pretty impressive list of benefits. Will go go organic in the future?
Faye De Lanty is best known for her video blogging and positive approach to all things ethical fashion. Her approach is that second hand never means second best. Follow this Instagram account as Faye proves sustainable style is far from frumpy.
This online boutique focuses on luxury sustainable fashion and respecting people and the planet. Not only do they host a huge range of designers on their site, but their insta game is strong. Follow this account for lust worthy pieces in your feed on the daily.
Created by an Irish trio of Firemen, Grown is a perfect example of how you can support the planet and wear some slick t-shirts while you’re at it. Follow this account for the most curated feed you’ll find, honest, it’s divine.
The Helm Society works to build awareness and promote choice in the fashion industry. They’re working to being back the beauty in fashion, based on the quote “There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger & unhappiness”– Mahatma Gandhi. Follow for some feel good factors about fashion and some shocking facts too.
One of the earliest adopters of an ethical fashion approach, Eco Warrior Princess is on a mission to redefine what it means to live a sustainable yet stylish lifestyle. Follow this account to discover some brands off the radar and some beautiful imagery too.
If you’re looking for a more scientific approach to being sustainable, this is for you. Follow the account for some gorgeous imagery, facts and figures and some inspirational quotes for good measure.
The official account for the global movement calling for a fairer, safer, cleaner, more transparent fashion industry. It’s growing in popularity across nations so follow this account to be on the pulse of sustainable fashion.
With Livia Firth as it’s CEO you’re in for a treat from this account. The agency helps businesses grow with sustainable solutions. Follow this account if you’re interested in the business side of being more sustainable.
Travel, fashion and lifestyle, this account covers a whole bunch of areas where we can be more sustainable. Follow for some serious holiday envy and of course, great content.
If you’re after an ethical and sustainable focused fashion and beauty blog, Style Me Sustainable is for you. Follow for an to to date account of the brands that are making a difference.
This account is from the co-founder of Ethical Writers, and it’s filled with tonnes of information. Follow for an up to date account of things ethical and stylish from NY and beyond.
she;s the author of Wear No Evil a regular contributor to Fashion Me Green. Follow this account to see how a sustainability enthusiast based in London keeps stylish and sustainable.
Being a sustainable consumer is no easy task. So we’ve enlisted the help of some of the Fashion Industry’s most respected Editors and stylists to tell us about their most coveted items and why they’re standing the test of time in their wardrobes.
First up, Vicki Notaro, Editor of STELLAR magazine. Before joining STELLAR in 2017 you’ll have seenVicki’s name across a huge range of titles including the Irish Independent, The Irish Times, The Sunday Business Post, Glamour and Buzzfeed. From photoshoots to client meetings no two days are the same – Today, she tells Stiall what cuts the mustard through the eyes of in the demanding wardrobe of an editor.
The speed at which fashion is produced sped up significantly in the industrial revolution, seeing a fall in the price of clothing and a rise in the rate of manufacturing. The 1900’s to the 1950’s led to a great increase in the number of the garment factories which itself came with it’s own challenges and tragedies. In 1911 the infamous Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of New York occurred, killing 146 workers many of whom were immigrants.
Following the boom of the fashion industry in the 1960’s, textile mills began opening across the developing world to accommodate the demands of fast fashion chains and keep their costs low with outsourced cheaper labor Nowadays, more than 60% of the world’s clothing is made in developing countries.
“Asia is the major clothing exporter today, producing more than 32 percent of the world’s supply. China is the leading world producer and supplier of clothing, providing nearly 13 percent of the world’s exports.” (EcoWatch, 2016).
However, as labor costs increase in China and workers persist for higher wages, companies look to other areas for production.
“Companies have responded by moving production into places where wages are even lower, like Bangladesh” (Zarroli, 2013). Other countries including India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Turkey are now amongst the most popular locations for fast fashion clothing and accessories brands.
A study carried out by the International Labor Organization uncovered that the majority of the exports detailed below were directly for or linked to the garment industry:
In 2015, the International Labor Office published research in regard to the working conditions of garment workers across India. The document highlighted the working conditions, employment status and perceptions. Areas they honed in on identify some of the challenges these workers face
– One in 5 work 7 days a week
– Over a quarter work more than 8 hours on a regular basis
– Overtime is regular and often involuntary
– Two-thirds of the workers said they cannot afford to refuse the extra work, yet sometimes it was unpaid.
– Penalties for not doing overtime or meeting production targets were a regular occurrence.
– Verbal abuse and threats were more prevalent than physical beatings and abuse, but also present.
– Most say they were not entitled to annual leave, and fear if they did take it that they would lose their jobs.
– Sexual violence and harassment is reported by one in 10, in which one in 5 are women.
It was also founded that India accounts for 3.7% of the global market share for apparels. Holding the 6th position worldwide in 2013 and generating $40 Billion (2013/2014) in their value of garment and textile exports. In 2014, Asia accounted for 59.5% ($601.1 Billion) of the global markets exports of garments, textiles and footwear . The textile and clothing industries account for portions of the countries exports were:
War on Want (an organization working in partnership with progressive movements and organizations for global justice) found that from 1990 to present, thousands of workers have been injured and wounded in 50 major factory fires across Bangladesh, with 400 workers having lost their lives. The collapse of the Rana Plaza made international news and so, consumers became more aware of where they fast fashion was originating from.
So, what can we do?
It’s time to ask our favourite brands some questions. There’s a person behind each and every item we buy and they have Human Rights – Rights that according to these reports are often not met.
Join the movement of Who Made My Clothes. This movement encourages consumers to ask brands who made their clothing. The campaign encourages transparency and insists fashion shouldn’t come at the cost of people or the planet. Check out Fashion Revolution to see how you can get involved.
If you’re on the hunt for a new item and want to make a better fabric choice, we’ve got 5 for you to choose from.
Tencel: Becoming more common due to it’s likeness with cotton, Tencel uses less water and land than cotton production (5 times less land), It also focuses on minimum waste and low emissions in production. The fabric is made from eucalyptus tress and doesn’t require pesticides or irrigation. It’s celebrated for being breathable and less prone to wrinkling, compared to cotton.
Organic cotton: Is proven to conserve biodiversity improving the quality of land while preventing water contamination. Organic cotton doesn’t use chemical fertilisers, pesticides or insecticides. Unfortunately, Only 1% of the world’s cotton is organic.
Eco-fi: Produced in the Untied States, Eco-Fi is made form 100% post consumer recycled plastic bottles. It has an ability to blend with other fabrics, and is versatile enough to be used in any textile production. Eco-fi is praised for it’s capability of keeping 3 billion plastic PET bottles out of landfill every year. 12 bottles equates to one pound of fibre. Although it comes with it’s own set of problems, Eco-fi ensures a certain amount of plastic is responsibly reused after it’s original purpose.
Ingeo: A fabric discovered by Cargill DowIngeo, made by extracting the starch sugars from corn. Once processed it makes it possible to be spun into a yarn and then woven into fabric. This synthetic is made from renewable raw materials in it’s entirety, and does not require the usage of oil. The fibre is praised for being low maintenance and moisture wicking.
S.Café: In Taiwan, a company named Singtex have developed a patented process where they recycle coffee grounds into yarn. The fabrics made are praised for being sustainable, durable and even resistant to odours and UV rays. The process removes the phenols, esters and oils and leaves the fabric having no odour. It’s been particularly successful in sportswear as it has deodorising properties.
What are your favourite fabrics that are more environmentally conscious?