Why Is Ethical Fashion Important?

What, exactly, is ethical fashion, and why is it important? You see it on a lot of advertising, these days. A website or catalogue will mention “ethical fashion” and you can’t help but wonder what it is all about. There are several features that are taken into consideration when clothing is designed, manufactured, and distributed ethically, and it applies in every step of the production.   Design Designers for clothing companies have a lot of variables to keep in mind. First and foremost, they have to understand and express the desires of the head of the design house. The designs theselves must be of the quality required. However, there is more to design than just shapes. The designer must consider the types of fabrics that will be used in their designs. For ethical fashion, the designer must understand that certain colours may not be achieved because of the types of dyes necessary. Some fabrics are not easily produced, and can present a production problem. So, the design must be done with ethical considerations. Materials Ethical fashion often uses easily renewable materials. For example, linen is actually a product of hemp, a highly renewable source of fibers. However, hemp must be grown with care and with an eye toward use in the clothing industry. Another highly renewable material is bamboo. More cloth is manufactured these days using bamboo, which is soft, flexible, and very durable. The reasons these materials are considered renewable is because they grow quickly and easily without requiring an excess of water or chemicals. Cotton, for example, is an excellent product for clothing, but it requires a...