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 Post subject: Ethical Fashion
PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:57 am 
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Hi all,
I am really interested in looking at how we can facilitate the demand for ethical fashion within the current fashion industry, as part of my dissertation research. I'd love to hear the views from any ethical consumers on this current topic. If you're interested please participate in my questionnaire, all responses are anonymous. Thank you so much!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZY7PBPX


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 Post subject: Re: Ethical Fashion
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:39 am 
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Hi,
Would be particularly interested in the results. What fashion brands did you review? I'm writing a list of arguments for our online debates on Philosophy: ethical relativism vs environmental ethics.


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 Post subject: Re: Ethical Fashion
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Would be particularly interested in the results. What fashion brands did you review? I'm writing a list of arguments in
pro essays for our online debates on Philosophy: ethical relativism vs environmental ethics.


Just a good piece for reading: Eco Fashion vs. Conventional Clothing by Ian Lewis on Biofriendly Planet.


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 Post subject: Re: Ethical Fashion
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:17 pm 
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I find ethical fashion to be a conflict in terms.

After all, fashion was invented to sell more textiles as it involves buying new clothes while the old ones are still serviceable.

They do this in two ways:

1) The endless: This is old, last years style and colors, don't be seen in it -- and be sure to shame anyone who is crass enough to be seen in last year's fashion. Instead buy these new colors and a new style that is probably a reworking of something old. Wear it for a year and buy something new.

2) Making clothes that wear out soon. Example: Blue jeans last for years. How is the fashion industry going to make money next year? First of all styles (see above) and second of all do things like make them out of light material, stone wash them to damage the threads, bleach them, or worst of all, sell them with holes in them already.

Ethical means don't by the latest style or fashions that are designed to wear out soon. Instead, buy classic clothes and wear them until they wear out.

But then that is the opposite of fashion, but it's much better for the environment.

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 Post subject: Re: Ethical Fashion
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Bob-a-rama wrote:
I find ethical fashion to be a conflict in terms.

After all, fashion was invented to sell more textiles as it involves buying new clothes while the old ones are still serviceable.

They do this in two ways:

1) The endless: This is old, last years style and colors, don't be seen in it -- and be sure to shame anyone who is crass enough to be seen in last year's fashion. Instead buy these new colors and a new style that is probably a reworking of something old. Wear it for a year and buy something new.

2) Making clothes that wear out soon. Example: Blue jeans last for years. How is the fashion industry going to make money next year? First of all styles (see above
website) and second of all do things like make them out of light material, stone wash them to damage the threads, bleach them, or worst of all, sell them with holes in them already.

Ethical means don't by the latest style or fashions that are designed to wear out soon. Instead, buy classic clothes and wear them until they wear out.

But then that is the opposite of fashion, but it's much better for the environment.

Bob


I agree with Bob - buying classic (and mainly high-quality) clothes that you'll be able wear for years is a main thing an average consumer can do to make fashion more sustainable. Also, I try to chose basic colours (white, grey, beige, black, khaki, blue) to easily mix and match pieces together.

Besides, I know several local brands that make sustainable clothes form pieces of material that is no longer needed. For instance, patch-work jackets and jeans from denim (looks stylish besides all), as well as leather purses. Buying such products we support not only these brands, but the idea of sustainable consumption in general.


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 Post subject: Re: Ethical Fashion
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I agree with the ideas above, in great measure the fashion industry isn't sustainable, but I want to highlight that the crux of the problem goes beyond the big companies that make clothes that will be damaged soon; the big problem is the capitalist and consumerist society that has established a thought focus on prejudices, physical appearance, style, among others, which has contributed to increase environmental pollution.

Now we can see "Fast Fashion", that is the result of the current industrial society, this has established that you must have the latest in fashion or that is frowned upon to wear the same clothes in a "short" period of time.

I think that we can reduce pollution in this industry by buying second hand clothes, Have you ever done this before? if you haven't, would you be willing to do this?


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 Post subject: Re: Ethical Fashion
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I think that we can reduce pollution in this industry by buying second hand clothes, Have you ever done this before? if you haven't, would you be willing to do this?

No and no.

But I buy versatile, durable, classic clothes. When they get worn they get demoted to around the house wear. When they get too worn for that they get demoted to working in the garden wear. When they get too worn for that they become cleaning rags.

I also line dry everything I can so they last longer. Look at the lint filter in your gas or electric dryer. That's your clothes wearing away. Besides the sunlight sterilized the clothes and there is none of those stinky 'freshener' chemicals that takes a whole other industry to produce.

Why sell clothes that you can still wear? If somebody else is willing to buy it, you should keep wearing it, after all, you picked it out and it's your size.

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 Post subject: Re: Ethical Fashion
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Ethical fashion is one thing, but I think we should also focus on recycling our current wardrobes. You can recycle the materials in many places but it's not exactly advertised, incentivized, or well known.


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 Post subject: Re: Ethical Fashion
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The key is to stop produce new pieces of clothes. We have enough of them already - we don't need new waste which will be "expired" in half of a year. Fashion goes round and round - nowadays you can find every trend from the second hand.


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 Post subject: Re: Ethical Fashion
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1) Buy clothes that last - example: don't buy blue jeans with holes in them already

2) Don't buy new clothes until the ones you are wearing are worn out.

Fashion was invented by the textile industry as a way to sell more fabric and make more profits.


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 Post subject: Re: Ethical Fashion
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sophiehale98 wrote:
Hi all,
I am really interested in looking at how we can facilitate the demand for ethical fashion within the current fashion industry, as part of my dissertation research. I'd love to hear the views from any ethical consumers on this current topic. If you're interested please participate in my questionnaire, all responses are anonymous. Thank you so much!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZY7PBPX

I must say I deeply admire what you’re trying to do and achieve. We should all push for a more eco-friendly fashion industry.


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 Post subject: Re: Ethical Fashion
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Ecotoday28 wrote:
sophiehale98 wrote:
Hi all,
I am really interested in looking at how we can facilitate the demand for ethical fashion within the current fashion industry, as part of my dissertation research. I'd love to hear the views from any ethical consumers on this current topic. If you're interested please participate in my questionnaire, all responses are anonymous. Thank you so much!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZY7PBPX

I must say I deeply admire what you’re trying to do and achieve. We should all push for a more eco-friendly fashion industry.

We need to stop fashion, buy durable clothes that last.

Fashion means discarding clothes that are still good in order to manufacture and sell more clothes.

If we want to save this overpopulated world, everybody has to consume as little as humanly possible. We also need to make the goods we do consume last as long as possible.

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