Even if you are new you can likely gather from the blog’s name that I love retro things and the environment. My love of fashion doesn’t always fit with the environmental part. Sure vintage clothing is very environmentally friendly and that’s my favorite, but I also enjoy new vintage inspired clothing.
The clothing industry creates a lot of pollution and is not always terribly ethical. Sweatshops are commonplace and people are exposed to toxic chemicals every day. Leather, for example, is causing massive pollution and human rights issues in Bangladesh. This is one reason I don’t buy new leather. And it’s not just cheap fashion that is a problem. Even designer fashion has human rights and pollution issues.
I’m not perfect when it comes to clothing. I try to at least buy natural fibers and avoid leather and petroleum-based fibers. It would be better if I always chose organic fabrics made in the USA or Fair Trade. I try to but this is not always easy with my style.
However, I do try and in my opinion, that’s what matters. If we each shifted just part of our clothing budget to more ethical and environmental choices it would make a huge difference. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
Thankfully ModCloth is combining my love of vintage-inspired fashion and my desire for ethical and environmentally friendly clothing! They not only have some great made in the USA brands, they even have some Fair Trade and organic pieces. These are some of the pieces they currently have available.
Fair Trade Clothing from ModCloth
These Fair Trade items are not currently available but check ModCloth for current Fair Trade options.
ModCloth adds new pieces every day and the Fair Trade options also change frequently. They also have a great selection of vegan-friendly shoes and made in the USA clothing.
Another great option to avoid buying new clothing is Le Tote. You rent clothing so you don’t have to buy so many clothes making it greener and more ethical.