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The Importance of Ethical Fashion

Did you know that the purchase of clothing by individuals has increased by 60% since 2000? As suppliers stretch to meet increased demand, clothing brands across the world have begun to manufacture their clothes and run their businesses in an unethical fashion, without considering the social and environmental impacts of their practices.

In other words, profits are the bottom line. And when you can get a pair of jeans for $15, who’s complaining? Of course, there’s a much greater cost to fast fashion than what we see on the price tag. That’s why we’re demanding change. By taking small steps in a big direction, we’re able to come together to create real, actionable change.

Here’s why ethical fashion is so important and how we can work together to create a real difference, one stitch at a time.

What is Ethical Fashion?

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Simply put, ethical fashion encompasses manufacturing and business processes that focus on reducing harm to our people and planet. It addresses the problems with the way the fashion industry currently operates, working to reduce, if not stop completely, exploitative labor practices, hazardous chemical use, unnecessary waste, and animal cruelty. 

In short, ethical practices work to create eco-friendly fashion that is people-friendly, too.

The Importance of Ethical Fashion 

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There’s plenty of reasons why you should buy ethical clothing and sustainable, eco-friendly fashion pieces. The reasons why should be unique to you, but we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below.

It Lasts Longer

Ethical fashion is slow-produced with high-quality, natural materials. This means that your sustainable pieces will last longer, saving you money in the process while making a big impact.

It Empowers Women and Minorities

Fair Trade and ethical clothing companies empower women and minorities in developing countries by offering women a safe, uplifting place to work. This provides them with skills training, access to healthcare, and a harassment-free workplace.

It Reduces Carbon Emissions

Did you know that the fashion industry makes up 10% of our global carbon emissions? Ethical fashion employs sustainable practices by addressing issues such as waste disposal, runoff, chemical use, and energy usage to reduce our carbon footprint.

It’s Better For You

Besides being better for the environment, eco-friendly fashion is better for you too! Ethical fashion companies typically use natural materials free of toxic dyes, chemicals, and waste products, meaning that what you’re wearing not only looks good but feels good, too.

How We Can Make an Impact, Together

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Change doesn’t happen in a day, and that’s okay. Often, small actions can add up and make for big, lasting impacts. At Usolo Outfitters, we are working towards a more sustainable future. Our environmentally-conscious approach to slow fashion uses organic, fair trade fabrics, and compostable, environmentally-conscious packaging. 

Of course, we recognize that there’s always room for improvement. Have ideas about how we can grow our ever-evolving sustainability program? We’d love to hear from you. Let’s do this, together, one piece of ethically-produced casualwear at a time.

Shop sustainable, ethical fashion for women and men today at Usolo Outfitters. 

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