Once the closet door to ethical fashion is opened, it’s really hard to shut it. You start to notice things and ask questions you didn’t before, such as: “How is this shirt $4?!” “Why does everyone buy so many things?” “Where do all these clothes go when no one buys them?” “What does the donation center actually do with the clothes I just donated?” “I wonder who made this and if they were treated well or paid fairly.”
Just as there are some things you can’t unsee, there are some things you just can’t unlearn. You have to bury your head pretty deep in the sand to forget that there are millions of people living in extreme poverty BECAUSE their job is to make your clothes. In my mind, your full time job should be paying you enough to feed, clothe, house, and educate yourself and your kids. That’s the bare minimum in my opinion, but most of the world is not living this reality. And most of us reading this, are sheltered and very far removed from that reality.
To further drive this point home, I’d like to recommend a documentary to you. It’s called The True Cost, and it’ll change your life. It’s on Netflix, and if you need a support group after you watch it, you can join us at The Style Collective and discuss.
See what I mean? Even the trailer gives me goosebumps. The good news is, we do not have to be paralyzed by our despair and guilt. When we do nothing, we make the problem worse. Know better, do better, right? But HOW do we do better? This, my friends, is where I come in! I have paved the way for you to have an easier time grappling with this larger issue and focusing it down on what you can control.
Believe it or not, little changes that you make in your closet will make big changes in the lives of people across the world, most of which are women and girls. Download my free ethical wardrobe guide and get started today. Or take the 10×10 style challenge to get a glimpse of what a capsule wardrobe can do for you. If you’re ready to take a deeper dive, or if you need a little more guidance as you work through this, check out my individual and group workshops. It’s time for us to act, but you can start small with the clothes you already own, and I promise this will create a ripple effect of impact that will reach well beyond your closet.