25 Apr Helping you be an Ethical Consumer
April 10th, 2019 Helping you be an Ethical Consumer
Written by: Sophie
Every year during Fashion Revolution Week, the internet is full of consumers asking brands – “who made my clothes?”. It’s a time for sustainable, ethical and transparent brands to showcase their strengths in an industry that is sadly highly exploitative.
We think it’s great that people pause to consider the creators of their shirt, shoes or handbag. Everything you’re wearing was made by someone – but did they get paid fairly? Is their workplace safe? What are their livelihoods like?
As consumers, there’s no need to restrict our curiosity to one week a year. It’s important to keep asking these questions every time we open our wallet.
When you purchase Freeset products you can be assured that you’re supporting a fair and supportive workplace. Here in West Bengal, the effects of are living wage are felt through the whole family – bellies are full, children go to school, and women are given freedom from a life without choices.
You can help keep our units busy by buying your organic cotton tees and cotton/jute/recycled sari bags, totes and accessories from us. And if you want to take even more steps towards being an ethical consumer, these are some resources we highly recommend:
If you appreciate a handy app, you’ll love Good On You. Their website is an amazing source of information, and they ask some really great questions. They’ve also created an excellent app which will help you to discover ethical global brands, but also allow you to check up on your old favourites. The app is available on Apple and Android, or you can search their online guide.
Do you want to support businesses that are ceritfied Fair Trade? (like Freeset). The World Fair Trade Organisation has an online catalogue that features makers of clothes, jewellery, bags and scarves.
If you’re serious about activism, and helping bring about greater transparency in the fahion industry, then check out Fashion Revolution’s resources. Their recently released Fashion Transparency Index ranks 200 of the world’s biggest fashion brands according to a range of criteria from supply chain transparency to environmental impact.
Recently Tearfund and Baptist World Aid Australia released the 2019 Ethical Fashion Report, and it’s companion guide which assesses over assessed 130 companies on their transparency, traceability, policies, environmental management and worker empowerment.
You can download the report, for a thorough and well-laid out look the ethics and efforts – great or otherwise – of major brands operating in the Australian and New Zealand markets.
Ethical Made Easy showcases a range of ethical goods, and you can download a beautiful free ebook to help you with your ethical shopping; it breaks down the five steps to make a good purchase.