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While some of us are gradually learning about the environmental degradation and human rights abuses caused by the global fashion industry, many people remain unaware that their clothes may be contributing to the climate crisis and human exploitation.
Slow Fashion is proposing a different, kinder, and more responsible approach to fashion: one that considers the processes and resources required to make our clothes. It advocates for producing fewer, better things that are designed to last and have a lower negative impact on our planet.
Globally, an estimated 92 million tonnes of textiles waste is created each year, which means the equivalent to a rubbish truck full of clothes ends up on landfill sites every second.
We are simply consuming and wasting too much, too fast. This toxic system of overproduction and consumption wears out valuable resources, pollutes the environment, and degrades ecosystems.
At She's Linen, we believe in producing less, with emphasis on quality and durability. In learning to recognize and value craftsmanship, cultivating our patience, and taking time to appreciate and enjoy our clothes.
We are talking about garment workers who live and work in dangerous, sometimes very toxic environments, without fundamental human rights.
According to UNICEF, a total of 152 million children – 64 million girls and 88 million boys – are estimated to be in child labour globally, accounting for almost one in ten of all children worldwide. UNICEF estimates that well over 41 million children in South Asia are working in a variety of industries, including garment making.
At She's Linen, we have been independently audited, based on the code of conduct developed by Amfori, the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade. As a result, we have received an "A" rating for social sustainability, which stands for safe, dignified working conditions and living wages for all employees.
Toxic textile dyes, pesticides, and microfibres released by cheap, synthetic materials pollute our air, soil, rivers, and oceans. To give you just a few facts: 20% of our world’s wastewater is a direct result of fabric dyeing and treatment. Conventional cotton is responsible for 25% of the world’s pesticide use. Plastic particles washed off from products made with synthetic materials contribute up to 35% of the primary plastic that is polluting our oceans.
Regardless of buying natural or synthetic fabrics, we need to be aware that each industrial process has a negative impact, and each piece of clothing has a negative impact, one way or another. The idea is for us to consume with moderation and to choose the brands that strive for sustainability.
At She’s Linen, all the substances used to produce our fabrics are certified under the European Union's REACH regulation. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals and is the strictest law to date regulating chemical substances.
We love the Motto of Fashion Revolution, the world's largest fashion activism movement: 'Be Curious, Find Out and Do Something.'
Ask questions, read on the subject, talk to your family and friends about it. Look beneath the surface, learn to recognize and value quality. Learn to care, cultivate simplicity and moderation. And in the end, always remember the words of British designer Vivienne Westwood: “buy less, choose well, make it last.”
Sources: fashionrevolution.org, bbc.com, goodonyou.eco, unicef.org
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