Can we shop more ethically?

Can we shop more ethically? Overproduction, tax evasion and human rights abuses: fashion has a long way to go on transparency, according to the latest report from non-profit Fashion Revolution’s Index.

Fashion Transparency Index.

World’s largest fashion brands and retailers were reviewed and ranked according to what information they disclose about their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts, in their operations and supply chain.

The 75% of people working in the fashion industry worldwide are women.

To find out the quality of life of workers on fashion industry, animal welfare, biodiversity to purchasing practices, working conditions, recycling, detect routes towards traceability and also about their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts, in their operations countries, the Fashion Transparency Index was created.

It’s clear being a good shopper is complicated and will look different for everyone and making more ethical purchases should not solely be on the individuals but on the companies profiting from the exploitation of workers and our environment. According to the international organization Global Footprint Network, we currently need 1.7 planets to meet the demand for our resources.

U.N. Environment Programme, the fashion industry produces 20% of global wastewater.

When making a purchase, one of the most important things you can do to hold companies accountable is to ask questions, to know more about the ethics of its products and where they are manufactured, workers’ rights, sustainable practices, type of material is used for clothing, animal welfare, to purchasing practices…, applying pressure through individual action often just means taking steps to be a more curious and engaged consumer, doing research with the hope that it will increase the participation of brands towards a fairer, safer and more sustainable industry.

Something to keep in mind when buying to go is directly to the source, instead of buying items that reflect concepts and aesthetics that have been culturally appropriated. Learn about the impact of your current shopping habits so that you can begin to take steps that are relevant to you and meaningful to your values.

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