Fashion companies, typically brands renown for supplying fast fashion, are working towards promoting their green credentials, as it is said that two-thirds approx of consumers are now willing to consider spending more on clothing considered as ethical and/or sustainable.
These types of suppliers provide clothing that give them the credentials to state “organic,” “conscious,” and “circular” in their marketing. Whether this is jargon for some or not, it’s good to get to know what they are doing, although it is quite normal that one might not understand certifications or terms as an eco fashion consumer.
Guidance on the impact, according to some ethical fashion experts, in a nutshell is as follows;
Sustainable fashion: Fashion that minimises its effect on the environment concerning contamination, production, packaging, pesticides, water consumption, manufacturing, and use of oil and petroleum.
Ethical fashion: Fashion that takes human rights into consideration concerning abolishing child labour, treatment of garment workers, safe working conditions and fair pay, animal welfare, tax dodging, and company marketing.
Circular fashion: Fashion intended to be used and circulated responsibly and effectively for as long as possible in the way that it is designed, sourced, produced and provided, and to return safely to the biosphere, when it’s no longer of human use.
To check the ethical practices of our brands that we import from ex wholesalers and ex retailers at ©expanse®, refer to the branding on your clothing and check the respective website for a link to their manufacturing or supply chain. You will be able to view direct information on the matter, if not disclosed, although it’s past season clothing.
Supply chains are complex and not everyone, ourselves included, may know that some of the work being done is actually being given out to someone else. Rest assured however, if direct information is not found to be provided, address details tend to be given as further contact.
Something to bare in mind, is that in general, terms associated to clothing made locally seem like a sure-fire way to keep a clear conscience. It’s a common misconception though that, for example, “made in (a particular country)” means “made ethically”.
In some cases of reality for this example, “firms headquartered in (the particular country)” are said to be largely trailing behind their international counterparts on the sustainability front, knowingly or unknowingly, according to sources.
We encourage the Mauritian enterprise to take example of good practicing foreign enterprises to enhance their competitiveness, quality and sustainability as well.
Last but not least, be kind and care for your clothes like the good friends they are. At ©expanse® we upcycle unwanted clothing and textiles in any condition. Drop your bag at our Stock Boutique in Albion. Contents can be anything from odd socks to stained tops or worn-out bottoms and torn sheeets. All items will be repurposed to be reused. Help us avoid materials ending up in landfills or in the ocean.