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What is slow fashion?

Slow fashion is a sustainable approach to fashion whereby the processes and resources required to make garments are focused on quality, ethics (fair treatment of labor workers) and low environmental impact.

The slow fashion movement is largely a response to the immense overproduction and waste by many big name fashion labels. In fact, fashion accounts for 20 to 35 percent of microplastic flows into the ocean and  is responsible for more carbon emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined

Many global fashion companies also rely on offshore production in India, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh which have lax labor laws where wages can be low and extended working hours are common in unsafe factories.

So what can you do about it?

The first and best thing you can do is contribute to the circular economy by shopping high quality vintage and preowned items right here on consignment!

The second is that if you buy new clothes, make sure to choose organic and natural fibers that don't require chemicals to be produced. We love this guide on eco-friendly fibers. 

Third, ensure you choose clothes that are made in countries with stricter environmental regulations for factories including the Canada, US and the EU. Here's a great curated list of Canadian ethical and sustainable online retailers. 

Fourth, educate yourself and share with others! Here are some resources we love:





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