As a passionate plant-based bunny, I completely fell in love with how good following a vegan diet makes me feel. I love the amazing food and the amount I can eat! Not causing harm to animals and to the planet in order to eat has changed me as person and I feel so good within myself and in my skin.
For a couple of weeks now I have been thinking about the fashion industry and all the horrible conditions some people have to work under. I want to live a cruelty-free life. We don’t need to cause harm to others in order to survive and thrive. I don’t want to support cruelty. Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that I have to re-think where I am putting my money and my power as a consumer.
I came across the term Ethical Fashion. I am a complete beginner, so I thought I would do some research into it and find out how I can become a more conscious consumer.
“Ethical Fashion is an umbrella term to describe ethical fashion design, production, retail, and purchasing. It covers a range of issues such as working conditions, exploitation, fair trade, sustainable production, the environment, and animal welfare.”
Just by reading this description in my mind I am saying “YES”. This is what I want to support. I want to support companies that care about human rights and the conditions of their employees. I want to support a company that cares about their influence in the world and the climate as well as other living beings.
Since adopting a vegan diet I have come to understand the importance of supporting what matches with your values and what you believe in. Living according to your values is going to make you feel so much better and in tune with yourself. I think it is very easy to forget our own values sometimes. Before going vegan, I used to eat animal products, looking back now, the way I was living did not match at all with my values and I can’t imagine going back to living like that.
Fashion is such a huge industry and as consumers we have a lot of power. When we buy something our money supports the company. It supports their products, the materials they use, the conditions their offer to their employees. Therefore, it is important to step back and think, do I want to support this? Do I want to support slavery? Do I want to support animal cruelty? – I know my answer is NO.
I don’t consider myself a massive “fashion consumer”. I don’t go out shopping for fun or to ‘treat myself’. Even though shopping can be fun and I definitely enjoy going out and seeing what shops have on display and look at things I like, I don’t necessarily buy anything I don’t need and I always make sure I am buying something with intention.
I understand some people think of ethical fashion as a hassle as they might have to stop shopping at their usual shops, however, is that really a good reason to still support slavery? Because it is slightly inconvenient for you. Because of egocentric reasons. I don’t think these are good excuses, hence why I am consciously trying to change that myself and start making better choices that match with values.
Let me know what you think about ethical fashion. Is it something you have ever considered? For me, this is a very important part of living a mindful and intentional life and not only will make you happier but will also support other humans, living beings and the planet.
Thank you so much for being here and taking the time to read. Lots of love,