Fair Trade Fashion Is Eco Fashion

Fair Trade fashion items like blouses, skirts, and accessories like jewelry and handbags are great because they ensure that a greater portion of the money gets to the people who make the products. However, Fair Trade fashion is also good for the environment.

Don’t believe it? Consider this: the raw materials for most Fair Trade fashion items are cultivated in a sustainable fashion because it makes economic sense for the people harvesting them-slash and burn tactics are just so inefficient. So the next time you’re checking out an article of clothing or an accessory that’s stamped with the Fair Trade logo, you’re also considering and Eco fashion item!

Now, of course, there are obvious exceptions to this rule. Not every Fair Trade item is an eco fashion item, but most are. You simply have to do a little product research to know if you’re getting what you’re paying for. You see, Eco fashion means either that the clothing and accessories you’re purchasing do not harm the environment or that they are manufactured by companies who give back to the environment through purchasing energy credits, paying for tree plantations, or supporting other Earth-Friendly projects.

So, when hunting for Eco friendly fashions, find out where the product is made, by whom, and if possible, how. It may be as simple as reading the label sewn into the garment, reading the mission statement on the storefront’s website, or emailing the distributor (or sometimes the manufacturer directly). Sure it takes a little more effort but Mother Earth will reward you for your time. And if she doesn’t, she will reward your children and theirs.

You see, eco friendly fashion is not only an investment in your social standing, it’s an investment in the human race’s future. In short, forcing manufacturers to embrace Eco friendly fashion (or Earth Friendly fashion to put it another way) is everybody’s responsibility. It sounds melodramatic, I know, but if we don’t start taking responsibility for the future, there won’t be one.

Now that the heavy thinking is done, let me give you a few Earth Friendly fashion tips. Consider recycled items in addition to items manufactured from natural fibers. They not only keep waste out of landfills but they ensure that we’re getting the most bang for a carbon footprint. And remember that Earth Friendly fashion doesn’t have to be earth tones. You can find great items in all sorts of jazzy colors.
So next time you’re shopping, shop with your brain and not just your credit card.

Starting a Fashion Accessories Business

Wanting to start a business but do not know which industry to venture into? A fashion accessories business may be the most fascinating and interesting industry for you due to the amazing fact that this is a more fad-driven business than any other industries you can possibly come across. It changes rapidly with the trends of each season and always tends to prosper, be it in the good or bad economy. During the economy upturn, people spend their money freely on buying accessories to give each piece of the garment they owned a different look or feel. When times are tough, people still are unable to avoid buying “blings blings” to brighten up one’s life. According to the fashion industry’s national advocacy organization which is known as The Accessories Council, accessories itself is a $30 billion business of the overall fashion industry.

Knowing the above facts, you are most probably full of enthusiasm now and can’t wait to start your very own fashion accessories business. There are so many different ways you can enter this industry, ranging from deciding what kind of fashion accessories you are targeting at such as hats, scarves, jewelry, bags, belts etc. to considering whether if you want to create your own products such as hand made jewelry to buying them from wholesalers or distributors. You have to also consider how and where you want to sell your accessories, whether you prefer opening a brick-and-mortar store, selling at fashion fairs, by consignment to shops or starting a virtual store. The method you choose to enter the industry will affect your initial capital and the type of resources you need to research on. You have to select the best business plan to start your fashion empire. Your business plan must be as detailed as possible because this will be your roadmap to success.

There is a huge reason why you should start this business now as the internet is here to help you with all the above major decisions that you have to make. They can also provide you with invaluable start-up advices. In addition, a virtual shopping cart is also a good way to start your fashion accessories business and at the same time, allow you better management of your operation costs and other expenses.

Dazzling Image, an online fashion accessories business that sells fashionable earrings, necklaces and sweater chains with very cute designs pass their savings to their customers mainly by saving on operation costs like rental and overheads. Customers are delighted with getting such likable fashion accessories at competitive prices, accompanied with good customer services, just by shopping in the comfort of their homes. On top of that, they provide wholesale packages of their accessories if you are thinking of reselling their fashion accessories. Entrepreneurs will be very thrilled to find out all the good deals they can get from Dazzling Image.

Organic and Fair Trade Fashion – What’s the Big Deal?

The conventional clothing industry is huge at over one trillion in sales annually. To keep this engine running smoothly, the clothing industry has developed the concept of fast fashion. The clothing industry works hard through advertising to ingrain in our minds, the idea that we must upgrade our wardrobe regularly with the latest style and/or seasonal changes. We must do these things or be viewed as behind the times, old fashioned, out of sync, unattractive, etc.

And the clothing companies have made it real easy for us to throw out the “old” and bring in the newest clothing trend by offering up cheap fashion. Heck, when that flashy shirt is only $5 bucks and that complimentary pair of pants is only $10 bucks, why not, right?

But what we don’t realize is that the true cost of these cheap fashions have simply been externalized. What do I mean by that? In order to produce cheap clothing to keep this whole consumerism tread mill going, the clothing industry must find inexpensive manufacturing options.

They do this by outsourcing their production to countries where labor is cheap, labor laws are lacking or non-existent and environmental regulations are minimal. So, let’s say Big Clothing Corporation A goes to a third world country to find a clothing manufacturer. They shop around to find the best price and decide on local manufacturer B. They generally don’t ask questions as they don’t want to know exactly how the manufacturer can possibly produce the clothing order for such a cheap price. Knowing equals guilt right?

Third world manufacturer B can make the clothing so cheaply because they use child labor, pay workers wages that are barely at subsistence level, offer no health care, child care, insurance benefits and have no costs associated with proper disposal of hazardous chemicals such as dyes, formaldehyde, fire retardants, etc or textile waste because they just dump it all untreated into the nearest river or stream.

This is what I mean by externalizing the cost. Big Corporation A now gets their nice new, shiny shirt for $2 which they then turn around and sell to you for $5. But as you hold up the shirt that little voice in your mind asks – how the heck can they sell this for just $5 bucks? They can because the local lakes, rivers and streams and the local work force where that shirt was made took the brunt of the cost. In other words, the cost was externalized.

Do you want to be a part of this tragedy? Because you have read this far, I don’t think you do. So what can we do to effect change? Thankfully, we can do a lot. The fact is that over 70% of our economy is driven by you, by me, your next door neighbor. That’s right, consumerism drives almost three quarters of our economic activity. It is the bread and butter of big corporations.

If you say NO to fast fashion and yes to organic, fair trade clothing, you are making a difference. As more people stand up and say the same thing, your combined voices will force big corporations to change. They will simply have to change or become obsolete. You hold all the cards.

So, what’s your choice? Do you choose organic clothing which is made without the use of harsh chemicals such as pesticides that pollute our environment making our drinking water unsafe, destroying habitat and killing innocent farmers by the thousands? Will you say yes to fair trade clothing which protects workers rights, allowing them to rise out of poverty and become productive and proud members of our global society?

Or do you choose to stay on the consumerism treadmill and keep buying cheap, fast fashion while ignoring the consequences of that decision?

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