Sponsored post in collaboration with Honest Department
This week marks the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,138 people and injured thousands more. This is also the week when the Fashion Revolution movement encourage millions of people to ask brands #whomademyclothes and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain. Thankfully, all this buzz results in so many people finally realising the sad reality behind the production of the clothes sold by fast-fashion brands, and encourages them to look for alternatives and companies that are 100% honest about their products’ origins.
However, even if we give fast-fashion the boot, there’s still room to appreciate fashion and quality made clothing – just try to make it a conscious decision. So today I’m proud to partner up with Honest Department, an Ethical and Sustainable fashion retailer.
Honest Department wants to bring us an alternative to fast-fashion, that we can feel good in – and about.
Scouring the internet for a dress and looking for credentials whilst making sure certain brands meet your ethical criteria can be quite boring and time consuming. Also, sustainable fashion can be, let’s say… too granola, too yogi (to not say ugly) sometimes. One of the reasons I fell in love with Honest Department is how they’re making shopping for sustainable fashion easy and trendy. Not only do they have a very user-friendly label system where you can shop according to your biggest concern, you’ll also find a beautifully curated collection, accessible and fairly priced.
As a certified Social Enterprise, Honest Department is committed to improving the ethical and environmental standard of the fashion industry, so all of the brands they carry have built environmentally friendly and socially ethical practices into their business model.
ARTISANAL & HANDMADE
Artisanal items are unique. They are the contemporary expressions of ancient craftwork and traditions passed down through generations. Small batch, handmade items are the perfect alternative to fast fashion’s mass produced lines.
This beautiful artisanal pajarera structure tote sits on the border between tradition and modernity, blending generational techniques with a modern and feminine design. Arteli use generational South American weaving and sundried Iraca palm leaves to create these stunning artisanal handbags. This gentle and natural process makes use of traditional knowledge to ensure durability and quality. These handbags are vegan, sustainable and eco-friendly.
We are tempted to blame fashion companies alone for all the waste and impact of the industry, but each and every one of us has an equal responsibility to protect and preserve our planet and the people that inhabit it. Fast fashion companies thrive on our demand as consumers, so to address the problem we need to address our own addiction.
We as consumers need to remember that we all have a voice and we need to use it to demand immediate change. We need to support businesses like this, that are giving a platform for so many brands that are striving to change the ethical and environmental standard of the fashion industry.
You can check out their incredible selection of fair trade and sustainable clothing HERE 🌿
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