What does ethical fashion mean to you?

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Katie Freitas-Seitz | 0 Comments

We're pretty serious about the stories behind our stuff here at Lydali. Lucky for us, it's never been easier to shop consciously. While artisan-made global goodies used to be tucked away in tiny fair trade shops and suitcases full of souvenirs, times are changing. A recent upswing in interest in ethical fashion (due in large part to the Rana Plaza tragedy) has sparked a burgeoning market of mindfully-made goods--and a ton of new buzzwords. So what's the difference between "conscious consumerism," "fair trade," and "slow fashion"? Can a bracelet be sustainable, local, ethical, eco-friendly, and socially-conscious?

Truthfully, there's no one definition of "ethical fashion" just yet. To some, it's important to focus on the environmental consequences of the production of our clothing and accessories. For others, the key is to provide workers with a sustainable living wage to break the cycle of poverty. We believe that there are many ways to work towards a more mindful global marketplace, where artisans, entrepreneurs, and our planet can all benefit. If you're interested in learning more, here's a roundup of some of our favorite resources about this all-too-important subject:

Ethical Fashion Forum (non-profit network that encourages social and environmental sustainability in the fashion industry)

Eco Fashion Talk (sustainable fashion expert Sass Brown's website)

Ethical Trading Initiative (alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights)

#FairTuesday (#FairTuesday is an ethical shopping movement created in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday)

Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth C. Cline

Ecouterre (website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design)

Clean Clothes Campaign (the garment industry's largest alliance of labour unions and NGOs)

Magnifeco (digital platform for eco-fashion and sustainable living)

 In the meantime, rest easy knowing that all Lydali pieces are made by socially- and environmentally-conscious artisans committed to craftsmanship. We're big on leveraging our interconnected world to share beautiful, ethical products and the stories behind them. We hope that you find it as gratifying to own them as we do to bring them to you.


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