It's time we define what ethical or conscious clothing really means. This has been a revelation in my own life since starting my job at Made In A Free World. The words *ethical* and *conscious* are thrown around a lot, even by me, when if fact, the clothing we claim is ethical, may not be ethical at all. Asking the question, "who made my clothes" is a great start in the right direction. That was the start that I made too. But it doesn't tell the full story.
It's 2015, not 1995, and it's time for us to start thinking beyond the factory floor where our clothes are sewn. Being "made in america" is good, but it's not enough.
So what should ethical mean? Something I've learned at MIAFW and on my own #consciousclosets journey is that we must start looking deeper into how our clothes are made. Where is the fabric sourced? Where was the cotton grown, or the bamboo farmed? What kind of dyes were used and are they toxic to the people dying the fabric? Where did the silk come from or the zippers on your dress?
For a garment to be fully ethical and conscious, every part that goes into that garment should be empowering for every person along the journey of the supply chain. Think about every single hand who touches your clothes from the cotton picked, to the thread woven, to the material dyed, and finally to production of the piece itself.
Asking who made my clothes is an awesome first step, but let's not stop there. Later, I'll share brands with you that are asking those deeper questions and actively working on eliminating slavery deep in their supply chains beyond the factory floor. The brands are there. And they are awesome.