As I search for ways to be a more ethical consumer, I've found some resources that are both helpful and informative. I want to pass them along because, well, that's what I do. And because I hope I'm changing some hearts on this whole ethical fashion issue and if so, you're going to need these sites:
Since 1989, the CCC has worked to help ensure that the fundamental rights of workers are respected. We educate and mobilise consumers, lobby companies and governments, and offer direct solidarity support to workers as they fight for their rights and demand better working conditions.
The Issues & FAQs section for readable explanations of the problems in the garment industry.
Eco Fashion World is your essential resource for sustainable designer brands and online eco fashion stores.
Their Eco Fashion Guide to search for ethical fashion by brand, store, category, eco-criteria, or country.
Save The Garment Center promotes fashion companies and brands who design and produce quality clothing in the Garment District and in New York City. As a non-profit organization, we support factories, suppliers, and designers through education and advocacy. We are ambassadors to all programs that support and create awareness for our members. There is no other Garment Center in the world like ours. The Garment Center is the soul of Midtown Manhattan, and the backbone of the NYC fashion industry.
Their list of merchandise that is made in the USA.
Anti-Slavery International works at local, national and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world.
The Products of Slavery interactive to see where and what products are made using child and forced labor.
The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is a UK- based non-profit organisation working internationally to protect the environment and defend human rights.
All of the resources in the Cotton section to educate yourself on the issues surrounding cheap, conventional cotton.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry.
Their Guide to Compassionate Clothing for cruelty-free fashion.
GoodGuide provides the world's largest and most reliable source of information on health, environmental, and social impacts of consumer products.
The Apparel section to learn the ratings of major brands or use the search function to find brands or products of any kind. If it isn't listed, use the request section to list and vote for who they should rate next.
I have found these sites to be extremely helpful as I try to be a more conscious and ethical consumer. I hope you will check them out and consider using them for your next fashion purchase.
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