My conscious fashion education continues. Since watching the 2015 documentary The True Cost two weeks ago, I’ve been reading, researching, and doing as much as I can to educate myself about brands that are Fair Trade. This week I read Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with your Wardrobe, by Greta Eagan. I loved the book and I recommend it. In it, Greta introduced me to 15 more criteria (she calls them Integrity Index Factors) to be conscious of when shopping, in addition to Fair Trade. Out of the sixteen, she suggests choosing 4 Integrity Index Factors that mean the most to you and aiming to check at least one of the 4 integrity boxes when purchasing something.
I really like her approach and it makes a lot of sense to me, and for me. Fair Trade, Local, Natural Materials, and Social Mission are 4 factors that really resonate with me. The question now is, what do I call fashion that meets one or all of my 4 criteria? Ethical fashion, responsible fashion, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, or slow fashion?! These are all synonyms that mean the same thing, and mainly vary by location. In the UK the term “ethical fashion” is popular, in Europe they call it “slow fashion,” and in the United States, green or eco fashion is commonplace. I’ll get back to you on what I decide, and all input is welcome.
In the meantime, today’s post features products that are made within safe labor conditions; i.e.: Fair Trade clothing, accessories, beauty, cosmetics, and home decor, which happen to be easier to find than ever. In recent weeks I’ve updated my site’s sidebar lists of featured brands, and have also been updating the offerings in Shop Sarah Sarna to reflect my decision not to recommend, purchase, or condone brands that are not Fair Trade anymore. Now, in the last week, since reading Wear No Evil and learning more, I want to showcase and celebrate brands that are Fair Trade, Local, use Natural Fibers, and/or have a Social mission. For now, though, here are today’s Fair Trade Favorites!
FAIR TRADE FAVORITES
+ Ballet Flats – Crafted from sheepskin sourced from local Ethiopian farmers, these buttery-soft Shibori-print ballet flats are chic and comfortable. Made in Ethiopia. Fair Trade. Natural Materials. Social Mission.
+ Hand Cream – I can’t get enough of the refreshing citrus scent of this lightweight moisturizing cream. Shea butter and vitamin E, combined with organic sunflower oil, aloe, chamomile, and calendula, hydrate and soften hands. Made in the USA. Fair Trade. Local. Natural Materials. Social Mission.
+ Button-Down Shirt – A classic, crisp, and lightweight relaxed-fit cotton button down shirt. Looks especially sharp with the first few buttons undone. Ethically made in China. Fair Trade. Natural Materials.
+ Bath Towel – An ultra-light, ultra-absorbent towel, prefect for home, travel, and trips to the beach. Made of the finest grade cotton and bamboo. Made in Turkey. Fair Trade. Natural Materials.
+ Reusable Bag – This reusable bag folds flat into a pouch, and holds 50 lbs. and 2-3 plastic grocery bags worth of stuff. Not just for the grocery store, it can be carried in your hand or over your shoulder. Ethically made in China. Fair Trade.