To sum up this sustainability topic, which never really ends so long as we keep thinking about our planet and ethics, here are some key actions needed to make a difference.
But firstly, did you know that 30% of the carbon footprint associated with fashion actually lies with the consumer? One way specifically is through washing and even more so through tumble drying. Where cutting down on washes and using a drying rack will help our impact on the environment, here is what we can do to change the impact of the supply chain. » Read more..
Following on from the previous tartan post which questioned the special identity that tartan fabrics possess, here are snippets behind the background of a range of tartans. Some of these tartans are famously recognised and others are blessed with a meaningful context. The semiotics and connotations of especially the colours within a tartan is what really defines the design and makes each one distinct amongst the sea of stripes and squares. » Read more..
Wouldn’t you feel better showing off an outfit when someone or something hasn’t suffered for it? The growing awareness of sustainable and ethical problems are highlighted on TV, through technology and on the internet. So it’s no wonder major clothing companies have come under strong disapproval (such as with the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh) forcing them into a type of obligation to show that a conscious effort is being made to be more ethical and ecological. The need for a good public image makes it complicated to know if it’s all just a facade, in reality hiding minimal ethical practices as most brands now have a section on their website with their ‘code of conduct.’ So I have compiled a list of what I perceive to be brands with the best intentions. Whilst there is no guarantee that the companies listed below are 100% reliable, they certainly shine through amongst the rest. Trying to make this list became a little confusing at times due to the lack in transparency of information, this is what makes it complicated because companies release little information with a lack of clarity. So as I pointed out in a previous post, the best sustainable practice is to not buy hoards of unnecessary clothing and go for quality rather than quantity. This doesn’t just mean the quality of the clothing but also the quality of the workers lives. » Read more..
Tartans are especially associated with Scotland. To some people tartans are simply a fashionable pattern whereas others believe they emerged as a way of differentiating the clans of Scotland, much like African head wraps can vary between regions. Ultimately they are a type of decorative cloth with patterns that can differ so much by just making a simple change, for instance the amount of stripes vertically or horizontally, the width, colour and the distance between the stripes. The diversity which can come from this has led to various areas in Scotland, or clans, to wear a particular tartan pattern, although it is believed that clan tartans were not truly recognised until later in the 18th century. Originally the fabric pattern would have depended on what the local producer made. So what is the history of tartan and why is the pattern so unique? » Read more..