I decided to put the ball in your court with this post. I had intended to write a big post on the ins and outs of ethical fashion but it still would be centred around where I stand rather than encompassing the general mood. This post was first inspired by Fuyume’s post on fur, but I wanted to go beyond just fur. The reason I wanted to go beyond fur was mainly influenced on my own opinions on the whole ethical debate.
I guess you can say I’m pretty neutral when it comes to ethical fashion. The way I see it I probably would not wear fur mainly because it doesn’t appeal to me. However, I’m more than happy to wear leather items and I wouldn’t turn my head about someone wearing silk. As this is my position I’d rather not speak out about fur because I feel you can only justify it if you go the whole hog. I mean they boil silk worms in their cocoons before unravelling them to use in silk garments.
But the majority of us, not all, seem to turn a blind eye to leather or never even consider how we get silk. Maybe it’s because we are so used to cows being used for meat and leather being less ‘luxury’ than fur. Maybe it’s the ‘cute’ factor I mean a cow is hardly as cute as a rabbit or a chinchilla. Then you have a silk worm, a grub that many would probably shudder at. That’s why I don’t really pass comment on those that choose to wear fur as I’d personally feel hypocritical.
That’s before you even consider the conditions of those making your clothes. Surely if you care about the welfare of animals you should also consider the welfare of the people involved in the production process. It’s been exposed on TV before the less than acceptable conditions the workers for Primark endure. I imagine it’s the same for mainly other fashion retailers who employ 3rd world labour to ensure ridiculous markups.
Anyway I digress…. so I’d love to hear;
How ethical are you when it comes to fashion?
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