My friend, Kiko Hirakawa, who works in Paris as an ethical fashion model and activist. She cares about ethics and sustainability. She urges everyone to act for change and we should support her movement.
Each year 8.9 million tons of clothes end up in landfills. The thought is actually something you might want to consider—and shopping at stores that prioritize the environment can help.
3 reasons you should care about shopping sustainably.
- Landfills are loaded with old clothes
Donation of your unwanted clothes, a lot of apparel does make its way to a landfill. In 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that 8.9 million tons of clothing and footwear ended up in landfills.
One way you can avoid becoming part of this statistic is by picking out clothing made with long-lasting fabrics like organic cotton. So you’re more likely to keep it in your closet and out of the landfill.
- Clothing isn’t the only thing impacting the environment
It’s not just old clothes that are thrown away. Tons of packaging and other materials are, too. In 2017, over 80 million tons of packaging ended up in landfills, according to the EPA.
It’s our responsibility to protect our Earth for the next generation to come. It will take all of us working together.
Let go deeper into what my friend, Kiko san is doing.
Just now, I have shared my thoughts that I support my friend Kiko Hirakawa on her mission into ethical fashion. Her mission is to end human, animal, and environmental exploitation in Fashion. Which means to stop:
- slavery, child-labor in Fashion.
- The use of animals in Fashion.
- Pollution, textile waste from fashion brands.
What is Ethical Fashion?
According to the V&A Museum, “”Ethical Fashion is an umbrella term [used] to describe ethical fashion design, production, retail, and purchasing. It covers a range of issues such as working conditions, exploitation, fair trade, sustainable production, the environment, and animal welfare.””
But there is no easy definition, and Ethical Fashion can mean different things to different people today.
She set up the Paris Ethical Fashion, they focus on Ethical Fashion that is:
- Socially Good,
- Animal Cruelty-free,
- Planet Friendly.
Because caring about one or two of the issues is not enough. A truly ethical fashion brand must consider all three factors.
Our garments can be made from animal materials from sheep, goats, alpacas, wool, cow leather, silk, rabbits, or mink for fur.
Animals reared for the textile, leather, and fur industry mostly live under challenging conditions. According to PETA, animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. They are also under-nourished and sometimes abused.
The fur industry alone kills over 50 million animals per year; many of them are skinned alive and left to die in the trash. The methods used to kill animals on fur farms include vaginal or anal electrocution, gassing, and poisoning. All are gruesome, painful, and terrifying for the animals.
The leather industry is killing over 1 billion animals per year, and No, the leather industry is not a byproduct of the meat industry.
Fur and leather farmings are not only harm animals but the planet.
What you can do:
Always choose animal-friendly fashions. Several ethical brands (use vegan leather, micro-suede, and other high-quality materials that don’t harm animals. When in doubt, look for the ““PETA-Approved Vegan“” label.
Did you know that the fast fashion industry is the second-largest polluter in the world, right after the oil industry?
“”The fashion industry produces 20% of global wastewater and 10% of global carbon emissions – more than all international flights and maritime shipping. Textile dyeing is the second-largest polluter of water globally, and it takes around 2,000 gallons of water to make a pair of jeans.
Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. If nothing changes, by 2050, the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget. Washing clothes also releases half a million tonnes of microfibres into the ocean every year.”” UNO environment.
The fast fashion industry is not just taking over our landfills, it has significant impacts on the world’s waste. We produce 80 billion garments each year, which is 400% more clothes than 20 years ago yet, 235 million clothes are wasted each year.
What you can do:
- Buy less #lessismore
- Buy second hand, swap and rent clothing
- Buy clothes from sustainable brands The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
- Donate your clothes to your friends, family, or charity.
- Recycle your clothes
- Try to reduce the washing water
According to UNICEF, a staggering 170 million children work in the garment industry instead of going to school. Many of these child laborers work in unsafe or deadly conditions for pennies a day.
We must support all workers throughout the entire supply chain to be paid fair wages and in situations that do not jeopardize their health. They work in terrible conditions because we pay for it; they work to satisfy the fashion demand of consumers in Europe, the US, and beyond.
Kiko is vegan for ethical consideration for animal rights, and she finds it essential to encourage people to consider it peacefully, as opposed to violent protests. She shares easy vegan recipes on her social media, as well as shows how cheap it could be when you are a vegan. In other words –she’s leading by example, which is the true definition of Z Game Changer.
Kiko also follows principles of zero-waste lifestyle and advocates self-love, mindfulness, and gratitude.
Share your thought about Ethical Fashion and let us know how you feel?