As a student, it is a good idea to set the standard for future generations. Students in college today, are the leaders in boardrooms tomorrow. Focusing on living more green and wearing ecologically sound clothing is one of the few ways we can ensure that there is a tomorrow for the students to live in. There are numerous ways that a student can live greener.
Did you know that in the United Kingdom, the University of Sheffield and the London College of Fashion have developed clothing that purifies the air as we wear it? The company Ecover are trying to make it so that in a few years there will be thousands of students with Catalytic Clothing on in college.
The fashion industry has a lot to answer for
The fashion industry is responsible for the cruelty to billions of creatures and people, and is known for using “bad” chemicals and encouraging women to hate the bodies they were born with. It is about time that people within the fashion industry started making amends. One way they can do it is with ethical fashion. Students have a duty to be the ringleaders in the adoption of ethical fashion, because if they do not, then whom will?
What is eco-friendly and ethical fashion?
Eco-friendly means that Brazilian rainforests were not destroyed to feed cattle, manufacture cheap leather, and be exported in order to make a handbag or leather shoes. It also means not releasing fumes or chemicals into the water in order to make things such as dyes or clothing polymers. Ethically fashion is about being eco-friendly and improving the fashion industry as a whole. Why are people forced to work in sweatshops in other countries, when people are jobless on benefits in our country? Do we need to cage and kill thousands of rabbits to make handbags more cuddly? Ethical fashion is trying to make the fashion industry act in a less abhorrent manner.
1. Wear Clothing That is Meant to Be Re-used
Many students buy a cheaper garment and then after two weeks, the dye has faded from the edges of the garment and it looks old and cheap, so they buy another one. Try buying ethical fashion that is also long lasting. That way you can wear it for longer without looking like a scruff bag.
2. Shop at an Eco-Store
They are struggling thanks to the tough economy. If you do not support them now, then this little burst of ethical behavior is going to die out faster than parachute pants. If America can set the standard, then other Eco-stores will start appearing in Europe and Australia. Look online as there are more options in web stores than in brick and mortar stores.
3. Shop for Eco-fashion for a Present
Everybody likes to receive expensive presents, and it means more coming from student because everybody knows that they are less well off. So visit an eco-store or go online and buy a nice present for someone and let them know that it is eco and ethically friendly. If you are going to have to spend money on them anyway, then why not do a good deed at the same time and support the green fashion industry.
4. Consider Organic Cotton
Cotton is eco-friendly, but the chemicals used to raise it are pretty nasty. Consider organic cotton, and pay those few extra dollars for the fact that the farmer had to really stay on his/her toes to stop pest infestation.
5. Fair Trade Clothing is a Must Have
The fair trade scheme has not increased prices beyond a student’s pockets. The way the products are farmed and then created has left a lot of people exploited, and so you need to be sure that you are not feeding the beast by buying from fair trade sources. Go the extra distance and find out if your clothes are made in sweatshops.
Fair trade is about the entire clothing manufacture process, from cotton seed planted, to the people tasked with selling it to you. Many times, they are able to remove the workplace chemicals, which means that workers are not forced to work with dangerous substances. Find ethically friendly goods to be sure that the workers are also treated with respect and are not forced into compromising positions to keep their job.