1. Fair Trade – it is a trading partnership based on respect, transparency and dialogue for increasing international trading equality. When this happens local producers from poor, developing countries get fair salaries for their work and are supported by their trading partners regarding safe, democratic and balanced personal and environmental development.
Fairtrade is a certification system that helps to introduce Fair Trade products to a mass distribution. Specific standards and guidelines ensure end customers that they buy products made with respect for human rights.
2. Veganism - a lifestyle of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. Vegans – like vegetarians – do not eat meat, but also they do not consume any other animal products (dairy, eggs, honey…).
When it comes to ethical fashion – vegans don’t buy products containing leather, wool, felt, silk and any other animal components. As you can see – veganism is a really important part of ethical fashion, which aims being FAIR to everyone.
3. Recykling i upcykling – recycling is an important element of ethical fashion. Its main goal is to reduce waste production by reusing it. For example – plastic bottles (PET) can be processed into a rPET fabric (recycled polyester), which is then used in production of clothes, shoes or bags.
Upcycling regarding the assumption related to reducing waste production is similar but here the idea is to produce completely new product from the waste. In fashion these would be items like bags made from used car tires or advertising banners…
Recycling and upcycling are environmentally friendly as thanks to them there is less waste produced.
4. Eko – a very wide concept, as it relates to many areas of our lives. As its basic principle though we should mention taking care for ones health and environment. In fashion it follows the same concept. Eco fashion:
- does not overexploit natural environment;
- promotes recycling and upcycling – waste regeneration;
- reduces CO₂ emission;
- limits water and energy use.
Ecological fashion concentrates on a high quality of human health and life. Fair fashion producers try hard to make their products totally harmless, which means free from toxic substances that are commonly abused in fashion industry. The quality determinants for fair fashion producers are certificates earned through rigorous controls of production processes. Buying Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified cotton bag, you can be sure it was tested for pesticide, chlorophenol, formaldehyde, allergenic and forbidden pigment and heavy metal content and it is totally safe for you.