Fashion Revolution’s Amisha Ghadiali’s Rules to Dress By
Clothes are an important part of our daily life, yet the global industry that employs one sixth of the world’s population is riddled with issues such as fast fashion, toxic chemical use, forced labour and waste. We have the opportunity to affect millions of people’s lives and to protect our environment by how we shop and what we wear. Rules are made to be broken, but by following these you can make a difference.
by AMISHA GHADIALI & LUCY EDGE
1. Research Ethical Designers
Asquith SS17 Look book Shop the collection at YogaClicks
There are so many designers with exciting collections that are using intelligent design and pushing the production boundaries. Read online magazines and eco-fashion blogs to keep up to date with the latest developments.
2. Support Independent Designers
Mala Collective SS16 Shop the collection at YogaClicks
In a world that is increasingly global, it’s hard for local artists to compete with the high street. But the things that they create are special, original and come with a low carbon footprint.
3. Buy something organic
Kismet SS17 Look Book Shop the collection at YogaClicks
New fabrics from soy beans, nettles or milk are not as harmful to the earth and the farmers. Common fabrics, such as non-organic cotton, involves heavy pesticide use.
4. Have fun with it
Bare Sandals SS16 Look Book Shop the collection at YogaClicks
Ethical fashion is all about discovering the stories behind the fashion and changing lives not to mention helping our planet. So explore, experiment and enjoy yourself.
5. Have a wardrobe clearout
Kisaiya SS17 Look Book Shop the collection at YogaClicks
Give your unloved pieces to your local charity shop or hold a swishing party. Research the best clothing banks to donate to as some recycle every bit of clothing even if it is damaged and others throw away things they can’t sell.
6. When buying something new…
Rebecca Joseph, Yoga Bunny’s Necklaces Gold Shop the collection at YogaClicks
Ask the shop/designer what is not on the label, such as what it’s made from, where it was made and who by. This way you learn the story of your clothes and if the designer brand hasn’t thought about it, you are helping change the industry by reminding them to do so.
7. Rent or borrow
Starseeds SS16 Look Book Shop the collection at YogaClicks
It’s a great feeling when you wear something belonging to a family member or a friend and it makes them happy to see you enjoying it. If they don’t have your taste, you could try a designer rental service.
8. Get your sewing machine out
Soulie SS16 Look Book Shop the collection at YogaClicks
Customise something old into something new. Sewing machines are not as hard to use as you think they are. If you don’t think you can do it yourself, find a sewing class or ask your gran!
On 24 April 2013, 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. That’s when Fashion Revolution was born. The mission; to value people, the environment, creativity and profits in equal measure, and to show everyone how they can play their part.
YogaClicks works with kitchen table revolutionaries – small-scale, heart-led businesses founded by yogis who believe that yoga clothing can and should lead the way. From Kismet’s recycled polyester and organic cotton, to Arctic Flamingo’s digital printing with water-based, environmentally friendly inks, these yogis are warriors in the Fashion Revolution.
Wear their clothes with pride and join the Fashion Revolution!
Amisha is a yoga teacher, writer and speaker on all aspects of conscious and sustainable living with a background in Sustainable Fashion, Politics, Social Entrepreneurship, Tech and Design. She weave these experiences together with spiritual awareness to question what it really means to be human at this time.