2. Check the label
Look for ethical fashion certifications which indicate the clothing has been made under fair and safe working conditions. We have a comprehensive guide here.
3. BUY AND SELL SECOND HAND
4. GO NATURAL
Polyester, rayon, nylon acrylic are all man made fibres that are chemical intensive and pollute the environment.
When synthetic clothing ends up in landfill (and they almost always do) they take up to 50 years to decompose. Instead look for clothes made from natural fibres such as organic cotton, silk, jute, hemp, wool, flax, linen or sisal.
They wear better, are more breathable, easier to care for and much better for the environment.
5. LOOK FOR COMPANIES THAT GIVE BACK
Like charities, the primary purpose of a social enterprise is to make improvements in human and environmental well-being. Unlike charities, a social enterprise does not rely on donations to keep them running.
Most social enterprises look and operate just like a traditional for-profit businesses. The key difference is, the social entrepreneurs behind these businesses provide financial, educational or community support using the profits from the sale of their products.