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Ethical Fashion

Why Is Profit a Dirty Word?

Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson

It's been suggested to me that I should not be making any profits, that my business should be a charity, and that I should not pay myself a salary.

Slowing Down Fashion

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Marci Zaroff, ecofashion pioneer, founder of Under the Canopy, and president of Portico Brands "Be the change you wish to see in t...

From Slow Food to Slow Fashion

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

You may be wondering why fashion integrity matters--because after all, you don't eat clothing. But the truth is, just as with food with integrity, clothing with integrity effects a huge swath of people and places.

DISPATCH: The True Cost, NYC Premier

Miriam Ava | Posted 06.02.2015 | Style
Miriam Ava

I'm Miriam Ava, founder of ColorsofGratitude.com and ambassador of good taste. I share messages that matter, one Dispatch at a time. My views are utterly my own and intrinsically independent. I love what I share. Hope you enjoy!

My Family's Multiethnic Makeup Changed the Way I Shop

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Living in multiple worlds, none that I entirely fit, isn't a deficit. Instead, I feel it has allowed me to see outside the box. I am no one thing and therefore no one culture or experience defines me.

Design for Her Daughter: One Mother's Journey

To The Market | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
To The Market

On a 2012 medical mission trip to Belize City, Belize, Alden Ramsey of the eponymous Alden Skirts looked at the over 100 families crowding the city...

How Mobile Phones May Prevent the Next Rana Plaza Disaster

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

One moment Reshma Begum was sewing. The next she was falling from her station on the second floor into the basement of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh.

Fashion Initiative in Kenya Puts Emphasis on Living Wage for Artisans

Simone Cipriani | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Simone Cipriani

The benchmark of mass production is so low that everybody, in Italy and in Africa, has to decrease prices. Nobody can compete and artisans are disappearing. Today, being an artisan is not a good job anymore. At the same time, this means that products do not last and are unsustainable.

Ugandan Refugees Reach for the Stars

To The Market | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Stella marveled at the jewelry these survivors made out of recycled paper, and she was struck by their artistry and ingenuity. She returned home to the Netherlands to finish her studies, but the memory of the women stayed with her.

Fast Fashion and the Capsule Wardrobe

Brita Long | Posted 06.09.2015 | Style
Brita Long

This post isn't meant to claim moral superiority, to set hard and fast rules about shopping or to shame anyone who uses a capsule wardrobe. It's to admit my own self-centered thinking about my wardrobe and to encourage everyone, including me, to shop more intentionally.

Economic Empowerment: Investing in Opportunity

Flynn Coleman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Flynn Coleman

From conversations I have had with people all around the world, what I have come to realize is that we all want the same things: something to believe in, health, prosperity, to belong, and opportunity.

The Freedom to Hope and Dream: A Survivor's Journey from Brothel to Assistant Creative Director

To The Market | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
To The Market

The Parable of the Starfish goes like this: an old man walking on a beach sees a young boy throwing starfish back into the water one by one.

Accelerating "Made in the USA:" How to Put the Brakes on Fast Fashion

Shannon Whitehead | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Shannon Whitehead

Landfills are overflowing with cheaply made garments we discard after one wear and it's only a matter of time before the next human rights disaster makes the news.

Fashion and Philanthropy

Sara Lee Bentley | Posted 03.15.2015 | Style
Sara Lee Bentley

Customers want to feel that they are making a positive difference in the world. Giving a gift that "gives" even more than the actual item makes both the gift's giver and receiver feel a part of something greater.

We're One Big Step Closer To A More Sustainable Industry, Thanks To This New Initiative

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Style

Efforts to create a more sustainable fashion industry have long been the norm for some people. Designers like Stella McCartney and advocates like Ambe...

50 Ethical Businesses to Support on Black Friday

Shannon Whitehead | Posted 01.26.2015 | Small Business
Shannon Whitehead

If you're going to shop on Friday, why not choose quality, craftsmanship and durability over cheap, imported and disposable. It's clear by now that our relationship to fashion has some dangerous implications, but we can all start creating a solution in the way that we shop this holiday season.

5 Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn't Want You to Know

Shannon Whitehead | Posted 10.19.2014 | Style
Shannon Whitehead

The industry giants have dedicated millions of dollars to massive PR campaigns, going so far as to launch "conscious collections" and donate proceeds to worthy causes. Yet despite these efforts, the truth remains -- fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world.

Stylification Series. Part One: Caitlyn Chase

Golriz Moeini | Posted 08.24.2014 | Style
Golriz Moeini

I get so excited when I meet designers who work in the fashion industry in Los Angeles. Supporting home-grown designers is important to me. Designers ...

Sustaining 'Fashion Revolution Day' After the Party Dies

Anna Clark | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

Even well-intentioned consumers find that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. But should the responsibility for ethical fashion rest with consumers?

Kahindo Mateene: An African Designer Making a Difference

Nadia Dawisha | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Nadia Dawisha

Kahindo believes that along with creating sustainable jobs, educating and empowering women is the key to poverty reduction in the Congo and Africa.

How To Make Your Closet A Happy Place

Posted 07.15.2014 | Style

Let’s be honest, fashion makes the world go round. In a society obsessed with appearances, the fashionably inclined are constantly cooking up new wa...

Accompany Is The Whole Foods Of Fashion

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 02.19.2014 | Style

Online shopping has become one of those things you do on your lunch break, during lectures or at night before you go to bed. At any given time, you pr...

"What Are You Wearing?" When Fashion Matches Ethics

Kate Black | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Kate Black

"I wear ethical fashion because I want every aspect of the way I live to be an expression of my ideals."

The True Cost

Andrew Morgan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Andrew Morgan

The eyes of the world are opening, and I believe history is giving us this moment to choose a better path forward.

Maiyet in Paris: Spring/Summer 2014

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 11.30.2013 | Style
Elizabeth Nicholas

Far from the maddening crowds in the Jardin de Tuileries, Maiyet showed a gorgeous spring collection Saturday night at Paris' École des Beaux-Arts.