My love for fashion and clothing, as well as my love for Jesus kind of people have been in conflict in recent years. I've never been all about fast fashion, I try to put some mileage to every item I buy. but I will buy a $5 shirt and later realize I didn't like it as much as I thought I did, or there aren't many chances for me to wear it. If I'm going to consume fast fashion I could at least wear it until it falls apart out of respect for the abused and misused people who likely made it.
Ok...let me back up. Fast fashion, what is it? It is taking advantage of people around the world, making them work in less than safe conditions, paying them hardly anything and if they speak up or fight for their rights it's abusing them. The fashion industry is notorious for going with the cheapest bidder and driving that cost lower and lower until it's impossible to care for the people who are actually making the garments. You've heard of sweatshops right? They are how fast fashion make their dollar, on the backs of the least of these. You know what....this trailer can show you things I can only talk about, take a few minutes and watch it.
So what do we do to combat fast fashion? We support slow fashion, who's goal is to take care of the makers first, and price fairly for everyone. Will it cost more than a $3 tank top? Yes. Will it be as easy to find bargains? Probably not, but it supports a better world for all of us, a more fair earth (see what I did there?). Aside from buying fair trade clothing, or local handmade clothing, how else can we support slow fashion? I don't know about you, but I'm a thrifting girl. I LOVE my local thrift stores, always have! Were the items there made in sweatshops? Probably, but when you've blown out all your pants (I don't know about you but that's what I tend to do) and you just can't wait for some to come in the mail, or you just can't afford fair trade, your local thrift store is a great option! The more we wear an item, the more use we get out of it, the less disposable our wardrobe becomes and the less support fast fashion gets.
So this is my longest post to date, but this Fair Trade Friday I really wanted to highlight the whole point behind what we do here in honor of fashion revolution week. And sure, we don't have much...er..any fashion stocked right now, but it's coming. As powerful as slow fashion can be to drown out the need for fast fashion it only works if it's provided to the people, so we will provide it! In the heart of slow fashion and being sustainable it'll be a slow progress, but it'll come. I cannot ask you to join me on a journey and not help equip you to do it.
So what's that journey?
Please think long and hard before your next clothing purchase, especially If you wonder how the store is able to keep the lights on with such rock bottom prices, it's likely that a factory somewhere is having a hard time keeping a roof over their workers heads because of those prices. Think long and hard before you toss your next piece of clothing. You may not have any use for it now, but maybe someone else does, donate it. And next time you absolutely have to purchase something hit up your local thrift shop, seamstress, or check back here, our affiliates have clothing if nothing else. Please don't just let your heart break at the injustices of the world, for heartbreak alone does nothing. Let the brokenness of the world drive you to want to make it a better place.
So who do you want to make your clothing?
Are you willing to join in a fashion revolution?
Your Fair Trade Friend