Ok. Let’s imagine you’re on a busy shopping street. You’re armed with a shopping budget and an idea of the style you’re looking for. There are hundreds, no thousands of shops and labels out there. Where do you begin?
Step 1: Look out for garment friendly certifications such as: Certified B Corporation, Fair-trade International, Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS). These certifications will help you make choices that are safer for the environment and the people making them.
Step 2: Choose suppliers who are fair to their workers, and who choose organic, upcycled and recycled materials. A great way to know those green providers is to check out www.treehugger.com.
Step 3: An easy step. Buy from small local designers. Many local designers will sew their own garments and know exactly where their materials have come from.
Step 4: An even easier step. Ask questions. Ask the shop you’re buying from where your garments are made from and how.