We Germans are vice-world champions in shopping – 70 clothing pieces every German is buying an average of the year. Only the Americans buy even more. The “fashion carousel” is growing ever faster; up to twelve new collections come on the market batik kerja modern every year. Compared to 1980 we have now four times more clothes in the wardrobe. Many are aware of the conditions under which the people who produce our clothes have to work. Although there are numerous possibilities to consume more consciously, it is still difficult to orientate. So here is my little overview of good alternatives and actions.
My 7 Tips: Fairly easy to consume
1. Tip: When buying clothes, pay attention to the seal!
If I want to buy something new, I try to pay attention to certain seals. So I can be sure that someone else does not have to pay the price my bargain is really worth. Unfortunately, there is still no seal that covers all important criteria: social aspects such as a living wage, fair working conditions, e.g. For the cotton farmers and an environmentally friendly cultivation and processing method. However, some seals are highly recommended. I would like to take a look at the following overview “Augen auf beim Kleiderkauf” – Flyer with the most important seals. Here is a most recommendable initiative in which whole companies commit themselves to social criteria: www.fairwear.org
2. Tip: “Yours will change my clothes” – instead of buying
I like to exchange clothes with my sister. In many cities there are now clothes exchange parties – you bring the clothes you can not wear and can choose from the pieces of the other beautiful parts. The whole thing goes online also for example at www.kleiderkreisel.de
3. Tip: Cleansing makes you happy – the clothes
I also find the initiative Klamottenkur, in which one tries in the fasting time to get on with only 50 clothes. Admittedly, I have not yet participated. However, during the past four years, I have had two pregnancies behind me, in which I had a very reduced selection of fitting clothes. This helped me to think about my clothes. It is a question of valuing the work which is in the clothing, and therefore wearing longer garments. Even more to think about and to participate in: On Facebook, there are numerous groups, who exchange about sustainable clothing, for example here …
4. Tip: Old clothes do not belong in the bin – but where do they go?
The platform fair evaluation, which deals with old clothes, advises to give sorted clothes to local projects in order not to destroy the markets in Eastern Europe and Africa.
5. Tip: From Old Make Up – Upcycle your dress, skirt or t-shirt
Upcycling clothes are up-to-date. “Do it yourself” is getting more and more coming, and there are numerous instructions on how to quickly and cheaply create a new, chic part from used clothes. Here is a Youtube playlist with some tutorials and ideas:
There are also numerous labels that work with recycled materials, such as the raw for the oceans collection by Pharell Williams, which uses plastic bottles from the sea as a raw material. Zero Waste collections, which avoid unnecessary waste during production, are particularly innovative. After all, regular collections are responsible for around 15 percent of the fabric in the garbage.
6. Tip: Fair fashion – can not be bought everywhere? Conclude the excuse, these apps and links help you to find fair clothes in your area!
The Fair Fashion Finder app shows you on a map where you can buy fair clothes in your city. You want to know more? In the “Fair Fashion?” App, the Clean Clothes Campaign surveyed over 50 leading European brands and garment companies and asked them what they would be doing to secure their livelihoods in the apparel, shoe, and textile factories of their supply chains. The app not only provides the results of the investigation, but also explains what wages are, and helps you with difficult shopping decisions with a chat game. For further information, where there is fair fashion in your city, you can also find on www.getchanged.net and a fashion guide for fair and organic fashion can be found at www.gruenemode.com
7. Tip: Online Petitions – Your voice counts! Point out the flaws in the textile industry!
A simple but very useful way to tackle the problems in the textile industry are online petitions, here two examples on avaaz.org and sumofus.org