The Clothes On Your Back
Clothing's kinda important isn't it. Stops us from being naked, keeps us warm, as well as sending out some pretty big signals around the way we like to express ourselves. It's also a £1 trillion ($1.3) industry, with a deep complexities, opening up dialogue around fair pay, child labour, sweat shops, dyes, the environment and more.
Over the last few years, I've shifted to bring more of this into focus, and I'll be honest, I hadn't before in the same way because on such a multi-layer topic, it's hard to avoid the rush of guilt that can inevitably accompany the realisation of impact and our blissful ignorance has on people, communities and structural oppression. But we don't learn in avoidance.
See, it's deep. But it's also important. As consumers we play the vital role of investing money and creating direction and narrative around clothing, through what we care about and where we place our monaies.
For now, I'm going to take us softly into this world, because quite frankly, it's scary when we lift the veil and are faced with the truth behind some of our favourite garms. So, just know, my aim is to bring in greater understanding, not shame or guilt tripping, but with the intention that if you care, there are things you may like to know about what your money really funds, other than looking fresh.
It's important to remember, no one's perfect and there's no expectation to be. Personally, when it comes to my clothing, I like running a 90:10 ratio, keeping myself accountable for 90% with room not to drive myself round the bend over every detail. Making an effort counts, remember that