Afterpay Available + Free Shipping Over $100 Australia Wide -     Customer support 0256 111003

Afterpay Available + Free Shipping Over $100 Australia Wide -     Customer support 0256 111003

Fast Fashion is Costing us our Planet

June 14, 2019

Fast Fashion is Costing us our Planet - Ethical Clothes

Shopping for ethical clothes is here to stay in Australia. Fortunately, more and more women are becoming aware of the impending fast fashion disaster. In fact, in a recent survey, over 66 per cent of women stated that they would pay more for sustainable and ethical clothes.

Why are so many women switching to Ethical Clothes?

Let’s have a look at the staggering environment impacts of the fast fashion industry.
Firstly, it’s claimed that the fashion industry is the world’s second biggest polluter behind the oil industry. Secondly, the cotton industry is thirsty. Just a single T-shirt needs three years of drinking water to produce it. Plus, gallons of nasty pesticides. These pesticides then runoff into our water supplies. Lastly, it’s estimated that the fast fashion industry is responsible for 10 percent of global carbon emissions. With damning figures like these, it’s no wonder people are starting to move away from fast fashion.

Shop What Matters to You with Elves in The Wardrobe

Despite a shift towards ethical clothing in Australia, the average consumer still buys around 27 kilos of clothing each year and throws 23 kilos away which goes straight to landfill. These are mostly cheap synthetic fabrics based on petrochemicals.

How Do I Know if I’m Buying Ethical Clothes?

Happily, there are ways to make sure you’re buying the morally and environmentally aligned clothes. Look for the following labels on your next purchases:

Living Wage – The UN has determined that everyone has the right to a living wage. This is a wage that is just and favourable, allowing workers to live a life with dignity.
Essentially, by buying ‘Living Wage’ clothes, you’re helping to ensure workers are paid enough for shelter, food, healthcare and other basic essentials.

Eco-friendly – These are clothes produced with minimum environmental impact. Minimal energy and water are used plus little or no chemicals. Care is taken to avoid any adverse effect to the Earth.

Fair Trade – To be considered Fair Trade, producers must adhere to 10 principles. These cover such things as a fair deal for rural farmers, avoiding child labour, reasonable working conditions and a fair price for goods.

Buying ethical clothes is a great way to take some pressure off our planet, help towards fairer conditions for poorer workers, and to get some really special individual clothes.





Also in Blog

Great tips for washing and caring for organic baby clothes

January 14, 2020

Great tips for washing and caring for organic baby clothesBeing careful about what you put on your baby’s skin is an obvious thing to do. That’s why choosing organic baby clothes is a great decision. After all, we know that mass-produced, fast-fashion fabrics are full of toxic chemicals. These chemicals are embedded into the clothes during each stage of production including growing, processing and...

View full article →

Our Vision for Sustainability

December 24, 2019

Our Vision for SustainabilityEver since I started Elves in the Wardrobe in 2015, I believe that when it comes to sustainability every big and small step along the way will help to create a better planet for our kids and the next generations to come and grow up in. I believe in Slow-Fashion, Not Fast-Fashion But how does...

View full article →

Tips For An Eco-Friendly Christmas

December 14, 2019

Tips For An Eco-Friendly ChristmasFor some folks, Christmas is a time for excess. Excess consumerism that is. Being eco friendly isn’t a consideration. It’s become a frenzy that has been gradually foistered onto us by an insidious and relentless retail marketing campaign. In fact, they’ve made it easy to feel unnecessarily guilty if you’re not giving your family piles...

View full article →

Newsletter Subscription

Keep up with all of the organic magic our elves have to offer. Subscribe to our newsletters for 10% off your next purchase