Monday, August 13, 2012
On choosing ethical fabric
Today I started cutting out a new pattern - the very excellent looking Pleated Pants from Papercut Patterns (here's hoping mine turn out just as excellent). The fabric is nothing special - cheap suiting from one of those large chain fabric stores. I went into the store to find a colour fasting product (which they didn't have) and came out with two metres of this fabric for around $4 per metre.
As I cut into the fabric I had mixed feelings. One of the main reasons I make my own clothes is because of the horrible effects that the fashion industry often has on people, animals and the environment. By making my own clothes I know that no one has been treated unethically in the process, and there was no packaging or shipping needed. But the problem is that I'm still making these clothes from fabric that I don't know the origin of.
Who produced this fabric? In which country? Were they paid a fair wage? Did the production of the fabric pollute a natural environment? I have no idea.
It's sometimes difficult to find ethically made fabric - be it fair trade or environmentally friendly or both. So I've decided to start a list of websites where ethical fabric can be bought - you can see it on the right side of my blog. I'd love for you to share with me any companies that have ethical fabric - just comment here and I will add them to the list.
So far I have:
Some of these companies I have supported previously, others are new to me but I will make a real effort to support them in the future.
Do you know of others? Please add them here!
Please share any ethical fabric websites that you know of!