Ethical Fashion is a whole life term to describe ethical fashion design, production, retail, and purchasing. It covers a range of concern such as working conditions, exploitation, fair trade, sustainable production, the environment, and animal welfare.
Ethical Fashion aims to address the problems it sees with the way the fashion industry currently operates, such as exploitative labor, environmental damage, the use of hazardous chemicals, waste, and animal cruelty.
Serious concerns are often raised about exploitative working conditions in the factories that make cheap goods for luxury brand and ready to wear brand.
Child workers, alongside exploited adults, can be subjected to violence and abuse such as forced overtime, as well as cramped and unhygienic surroundings, bad food, and very poor pay. The low cost of clothes on the high street means that less and less money goes to the people who actually make them.
Cotton provides much of the world's fabric, but growing it uses 22.5% of the world's insecticides and 10% of the world's pesticides, chemicals which can be dangerous for the environment and harmful to the farmers who grow it.
Current textile growing practices are considered unsustainable because of the damage they do to the immediate environment. For example, the Aral Sea in Central Asia has shrunk to just 15% of its former volume, largely due to the vast quantity of water required for cotton production and dying.
Most textiles are treated with chemicals to soften and dye them, however these chemicals can be toxic to the environment and can be transferred to the skin of the people wearing them. Hazardous chemicals used commonly in the textile industry are: lead, nickel, chromium IV, aryl amines, phthalates and formaldehyde. (Greenpeace)
The low costs and disposable nature of high street fashion means that much of it is destined for incinerators or landfill sites.
Many animals are farmed to supply fur for the fashion industry, and many people feel that their welfare is an important part of the Ethical Fashion debate.
More and more retailer ,designer and brand focus on sustainable and ethical shoes and bags, as high end manufacturer, my family factory is take action to handmade ethical quality products for our customers.
The first thing is my family factory was audited by Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) .
Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is one of the most widely used ethical audit formats in the world.
SMETA not only using for our NY and London customers, but also using for Australia Myer and David Jones. These audits have gained popularity as brands and retailers seek to partner with suppliers that participate in SEDEX to ensure ethical trading and corporate social responsibility.
For sustainable and ethical materials, we are working with 3 main kinds of materials,
1.Recycle Leatheris a green process technology, real leather tanning processes involves large amounts of water and electricity.
Our eco-friendly leather shoes are made from the sustainable recycle materials, through a process of smart recycling of natural leather fibers.
2.Piñatexmaterials , it is a new materials, a new start.
Piñatex was developed as a natural based non-woven material that can be used as a sustainable alternative to consumers by offering a better choice for a better future. It is 100% ethical, vegan,eco and sustainable. it is made from pineapple leaf fibre, which is a by product of the agriculture industry. No extra land, water or pesticides are required to produce the raw material.
Piñatex is a vegan product and no animal by-products are used in any stage of the production.
Piñatex is a versatile material which is strong, breathable, light and flexible and can be easily stitched, embossed and cut. Like any product.
Microfiber leather, is the highest quality grade synthetic leather (faux leather or PU leather), a high-tech simulation of high-end leather material.
What features does Microfiber Leather has?
Microfiber leather performance is better than the real leather and the surface effect can be achieved in line with the real leather;
Tear resistance, abrasion resistance, tensile strength and so on are all beyond real leather, and cold-resistant, acid proof, alkali-resisting, non-fading;
Antibacterial, antimildew, mothproof, without any harmful substances, very environmental, is the Green Products in the 21st century.
High utilization rate, easy to clean
4.Vegetable tanned leather, it is different with traditional chrome tanning.
Vegetable tanned leather, using only natural tannins, has no negative environmental impact. Chrome tanning uses a solution of chemicals, acids and salts to dye the hide.
The tanning method is ancient and requires skilled craftsmen, making vegetable tanned leather products more prestigious.
Due to the careful tanning process and the natural tannins, vegetable tanned leather develops a rich and beautiful patina, and actually gets better with time and use. It doesn’t crack or dry out and thus has a very long lifespan.
It has an earthy and natural tone and smell.
Chrome tanned leather is leather produced using a solution of chemicals, acids and salts to dye the hide. It’s cheap, quick and mass produced, typically requiring little skill from the tanners. Chrome, like any heavy metal, is extremely toxic and environmentally damaging, thus creating wastewater leftovers that are very toxic.
Our ethical team are so excited to make new ethical products, take more social responsibility.