Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Fashion

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Welcome to Our Beginner's Guide to Slow & Ethical Fashion!

Sustainable Fashion Definitions

Slow Fashion: Encourages slowing down production times, lowering carbon footprints, fair wages, and increasing the longevity and quality of our clothes.

Ethical Fashion: An umbrella term used to describe ethical fashion design, production, retail, and purchasing. It covers issues such as the ethical treatment of workers, animal welfare, fair wages, sustainable production, the environment, and occupational health standards.

Eco Fashion: Refers to how garments impact the environment. Eco-fashion consists of recycled materials and materials produced in a way that doesn't affect the environment.

Sustainable Fashion: Addresses the entire system of fashion and aims to change and improve the fashion system by demanding greater ecological integrity and social justice.

What Does Sustainable Fashion Look Like?

1. Clothes should be made from high-quality & sustainable materials

2. The workers must be a part of a fair trade union which guarantees proper working conditions and fair wages

3. Clothes should be locally produced to reduce the carbon footprint

4. Clothes should be recycled and reused in order to reduce the overall production of clothing

5. Buy from small independent stores, second-hand shops or sustainable brands

Sustainable Materials Used in Sustainable Fashion

Recycled Cotton

Cotton is one of the most highly used materials for clothing so it's important to find a way to recycle cotton and reuse it for NEW clothing.

Organic Hemp

Hemp is sustainable because it requires little water and is one of the least polluting crops to harvest! It also gets softer every time you wash it.


This is a natural fabric that comes from the flax plant. It requires little water which makes it sustainable.


Lyocell is made from sustainably harvested Eucalyptus trees and processed through a closed-loop system (this means that solvents and water are continuously reused).

Sustainable Fashion Checklist

  • The fabric is made with eco-friendly fibers and dyes

  • The workers are paid a fair wage in safe working conditions

  • The animals involved in fiber production are treated well

  • The quality is made to last you many years

  • The packaging and shipping method has minimal impact on the planet

  • The brand is transparent about the entire process

  • The size range and price is inclusive and accessible


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