Do you know what I mean when I say ‘cognitive dissonance’? It’s something I meet with regularly when on one hand I’d love to go and buy something from a fast fashion retailer from the latest micro trend (I’m like a magpie for fashion some times), then on the other hand I have all this power, all this knowledge about what happens on the lower chains of the fashion industry.
It’s something I’ve spoken about a few times in various blog posts, like ‘Make do and mend‘, ‘10×10 challenge‘ and my master’s degree project entitled ‘Is it possible for consumers to shop guilt free, and if so, at what cost?‘.
I thought I’d write an updated list of resources (which I first published on my post ‘Fashion in Retrospect‘) on this page so you can discover more for yourselves. It’s all about self education and self perception. I don’t say any of what I do to make people feel guilty or bad for their purchase decisions, you do you boo. I say it with an open heart and an open mind so that we can all learn and grow together. I may even turn this into a resources page on my blog and include my fave ethical brands? What do you think?
I really feel that us, as the consumer, WE have the power to dictate to fashion brands what we want, how we want it produced and how we want the people who make our clothes to be treated. The factory workers who make our clothes should be treated fairly, with a good living wage, healthy and sanitary working conditions and with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Those are basic human rights.
Films and documentaries:
The True Cost
Sweatshop – Deadly Fashion (Norwegian TV show)
Traceable (can be viewed on Amazon)
Dying to clothe you (currently in production, crowdfunding project so go and donate!)
Websites and interesting reads:
Make fashion circular (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
Victoria & Albert museum (always have great displays about fashion, ethical and eco fashion)