It’s been too long since I posted! Syreeta sent me a text this week saying, why haven’t you been blogging. If you look at some of my older posts I mention how much I love my crew. They keep me honest, ha. Today let’s talk a little about a very complicated topic, clothes.
Buying ethical clothes is really hard, I am not going to lie. There are lots of little Fair Trade or Eco-friendly boutiques, but I don’t always like the designs, half the time the clothes don’t even fit me. I ordered an XL once off Amazon.com and it wouldn’t fit the girls. So I get it. But living an ethical life doesn’t mean we are always perfect, it means we always try.
Any clothing store the first step is to look into the About Us section of the website or ask when you walk in. Important questions are: Where do you source your textiles? What is your supply chain like? Where are clothes manufactured/sewn and by whom? All of these things matter. If there is no information available, I tend not to buy anything because transparency is an important part of ethical shopping. Not everything has to be Fair Trade, the certification is a useful tool so you don’t have to do research, but it doesn’t mean other companies aren’t doing the right thing.
For example, I came across this brand Nadaam Cashmere, they put all their pricing, pictures of the herders and their story all online. This is one of the best examples of ethical clothing I have found.
In the writing of this post I discovered they are having a sale, and found something I actually could use. A white caftan that I know I can wear at a Zeta event. Its my first purchase, mostly because I live in LA and rarely wear the cashmere I already own. The first rule of ethical shipping is don’t buy stuff you don’t need. This however, because its a Caftan and not a sweater I don’t think I will be too hot. Plus Naadam has free shipping and free returns, so if it doesn’t work out it’s safe. AND for you, here’s a link for $20 off!
For International Women’s Day (IWD) I went on strike and stayed home all day, I did not go to any rally mostly because I don’t like traffic or crowds. But what I did do was shop online at an Ethical Woman owned boutique called Bead & Reel. From their website, in the “About Us” section:
“Founded in 2014 based on the belief that fashion and ethics aren’t mutually exclusive, we offer over 60 independent designers and 15 different searchable ethics focused on eco-friendly, cruelty-free, sweatshop-free styles for conscientious women. Everything we sell meets the criteria of being thoughtful to animals, people, and the world through our carefully curated selection of hand-picked designers and products…”
What’s awesome about Bead & Reel is you can select your ethics, and they carry multiple brands I like. I have ordered Pact leggings (on a super sale I might add), and on IWD I ordered a Mata Trader’s skirt, a used People Tree shirt, and these adorable fully recycled shoes. There’s a photo on my Instagram
Until the day that we force major corporations to be fully ethical, there won’t be an easy answer. But for now, we should be demanding the major corporations change and supporting the companies that give us the values we want.
Most ethical sites so have a sale section, so it doesn’t have to fully break the bank. From Naadam my Caftan was on sale for $115, but its a huge piece of cashmere, and that’s a good price, even in Macy’s. From Bead & Reel, $30 for a pair of shoes? That’s cheaper than Tom’s and let me tell you those shoes work even in the rain.
And if you are only buying items you need, you might find yourself buying less, and that’s better for everyone.