The other day I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine. We were sitting in a café by the Danube and I was telling her about my blog and how I would like to inspire others to be more ethical in their clothing choices. She said: Sounds great, but aren’t those leather flats? BUSTED
I know some you will find it hypocritical and I see your point but before you leave the page never to return let me explain my thinking.
These leather shoes I have owned for 6 years. I love, respect and take good care of them. During these 6 years I could have gotten 6 other pairs made of plastic that would have fallen apart after a season or two. Yes it is true that no animals would have had to suffer for it but it would have involved 6 times the human labor, chemicals to dye and assemble and 6 times the emission from production and transportation.
I have to state that I don’t own many leather items and by no means I promote to buy them. My point is that the number one most important thing to change when trying to build a more ethical and slowfashion wardrobe is to limit your consumption drastically.
If you buy vegan shoes from an ethical brand and you don’t like it, you are not going wear it so eventually it will go to waste. Ethically made waste is still waste.
Plus if you are just starting out with building a more ethical wardrobe and you still have items that you love and use from non-ethical brands, throwing them out defeats the whole purpose of a conscious lifestyle.
In my opinion if you have an item and love it, keep it regardless to its origin. If it breaks repair it. If you need to replace it, consider second-hand first. If that fails, choose an ethical or vegan option.
But most of all make sure you really like and need it, and it is the best quality you can afford. At least that is what I use as a guidance in my journey. I know its far from perfect.
How do you switch to a more ethical wardrobe? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Featured image David Yan.