Baptist World Aid Australia has just published their 2018 Ethical Fashion Report, so what better time to take a step back and reevaluate our fashion choices? While we love shopping fast fashion stores to get the trendiest pieces at an affordable price, plugging in some of our go-to brands on the Ethical Fashion Guide’s website reveals that maybe it’s time we put our money where our mouth is and take a more ethical approach to shopping.
As the guide highlights, it’s no secret that many brands rely on inhumane and unsafe practices to keep production costs low—and unfortunately, shopping these brands only reaffirms this process. While it’s all well and good to speak out against these brands and ask them to change, our strongest vote is with our dollar; if we want to see change, we need to stop supporting brands that don’t follow ethical practices and start bolstering ones that do.
If we don’t change something soon, it’s fair to say that we’ll continue to let brands get away with overly lax policies which can lead to disasters like the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2014 which claimed over 1,100 lives. Unfortunately, though, the fashion industry isn’t always the most transparent—especially when it comes to issues like this which impact our world and its inhabitants so negatively.
But this doesn’t mean the industry is all bad. A number of brands are leading by example by producing their garments in mindful ways; and many of them are right here in Australia. Fashion Revolution week, established after the 2014 incident, “celebrates fashion as a positive influence”, David Jones states. Through the #WhoMadeMyClothes social media campaign and capsule collection featuring 4 Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA®) accredited brands, David Jones hopes that “the initiative enables our customers to gain an insight into how these collections were made so they can make more informed shopping choices.”
Made by brands Bianca Spender x The Social Outfit, Manning Cartell, Nobody Denim and Viktoria & Woods, the capsule collection features 23 pieces available at custom pop-up spaces at select David Jones stores and online. Keep shop our favourite pieces, below.