Welcome to the Norwex Movement

On the Fast Track to Slow Fashion


leaf
On the Fast Track to Slow Fashion

The Benefits of Slowing Down

As the mom of a pre-teen, I am already beginning to sense the growing role that fashion will probably take on in her life. With glossy fashion magazines in abundance at most every grocery store checkout, in addition to radio, TV and Internet ads—not to mention the influence of her peers—the apparel industry has me more than a little intrigued. I’ve read stories of sweatshops in far-off countries, where children are exploited and wages are low. I’ve experienced poor-quality clothing that comes unraveled in the first wash. I’m discovering, too, that the manufacturing process of some types of fabric and materials is heavily reliant on toxic chemicals. All of this causes me to wonder—what healthy fashion habits and strategies can I embrace now that can impact my daughter’s choices as she matures?

In researching this area I’ve come across the idea of slow fashion, which I find interesting.

What is slow fashion?

The website abitslow.wordpress.com puts it this way, “Based on the principles of the Slow Food Movement [slow fashion] is similarly an alternative to the fast, mass-produced, consumed and disposed. We see it as the sustainable future of the fashion industry.”

Examples of slow fashion include:

  • Garments made with sustainable processes and materials (like organic cotton and hemp) and ethically produced (think fair-trade)
  • Items designed to last longer (such as “investment pieces” from quality makers and fabrics)
  • Clothing and accessories by traditional artisans
  • Do-it-yourself items—this includes creating it yourself or adding a personal touch to something you own by mending, altering or customizing
  • Choosing second-hand or vintage items, or receiving hand-me-downs—anything that extends the life of the item
  • Supporting designers who source locally made products, manufacturers and producers
  • Opting for items from small-scale productions to help reduce carbon footprint and support local industry
  • Choosing clothing made from recycled plastic—this not only helps stem the tide of plastic going into our global waterways, it also creates jobs for those who collect and process it
  • Slowing down consumption—buying fewer clothes less often

Eco_friendly_productIn our fast-paced world, I like the idea of slowing down a little. Making fashion choices that are more sustainable is a good thing to teach my daughter as well as my son, and it’s good for our planet, too. Additionally, I find that some of the slow-fashion styles are also very attractive as well as more Earth-friendly. I think they will like that.

I hope to blog more about the clothing industry in the coming weeks. Until then, I’d love know your thoughts about slow fashion. Just drop us a line in the comment section below!

141025 WWDlogo_verti_color_enWorld Wetlands Day
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
In support of our mission of reducing chemicals and plastics in the environment, Norwex Movement wishes you a happy World Wetlands Day!

Resources
Huffington Post: Clothing Labels List Sweatshop Atrocities So Buyers Will Shop More Consciously
Fair Trade USA: Apparel and Home Goods Program
Earth Pledge: FutureFashion
A Bit Slow: Slow Fashion 101

Had you heard of “slow fashion” before reading this?

View Results
 
Yes:
 
13%
No:
 
87%
Total Votes:
78
View Poll
+10
guest
15 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Carrie Knight
5 years ago

Love this! My friend from College does exactly this with what she calls a “farm to product” practice. Check her out!! http://www.blueridgestitches.com or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ResponsibleWares/

Jessica Ferrell
Jessica Ferrell
3 years ago
Reply to  Carrie Knight

Sweet! I just added her to my favorites in etsy

Moderator
Admin
Moderator
5 years ago

Thanks for sharing, Carrie! Your friend has some beautiful–and earth friendly–things!!

Evelyn Margerison
Evelyn Margerison
5 years ago

In an effort to help my kids value their purchases, we have set up a monthly allowance that they use to pay for their entertainment and for treating themselves to an evening or lunch 8ut with friends. It has made a huge impact on their clothing choices too. We provide the basics, but if they want a particular piece of clothing it’s up to them to make the purchase. This has dramatically lessened the clothes or shoes that sit unworn, in closets. Our community has a couple of second hand stores and my daughter calls it “treasure hunting”. She has often scored some great pieces at some fabulous prices. I enjoy it too!

Kristina Paxton
Kristina Paxton
5 years ago

Just tonight I was trying to explain to my 10 year old about companies outsourcing to third world countries where there are no safety regulations, child work-labor laws, and how items are marked up significantly as quality goes down. She thought my veiw was absurd. It just reminded me that I need to be more diligent in educating my children about the ways of the world, as they have so many cloudy influences from media, tv and social influences. I love thrift store shopping as a point to reduce consumption! Thanks for the post.

Moderator
Admin
Moderator
5 years ago

Kristina, thanks for sharing and for being a part of the Movement to make small, conscious choices for a more sustainable planet.

Johanna Chepernich
Johanna Chepernich
5 years ago

I love the idea! And I love hand-me-downs and second-hand. I read a quote the other day by a small child that read something to the extend of “I love my older sister for giving me all her old clothes so I don’t have to go to the store and buy new ones.” Yes!
I just wish fairly traded clothes were more commonly accessible.
Looking forward to more blog posts about this issue. Thanks!

Donna Massari
Donna Massari
5 years ago

great article – thanks for sharing!

Amy Matthews
Amy Matthews
5 years ago

I love finding clothing at thrift and second hand stores! Most of my clothing, and my kids clothing, is found at these stores. I am very interesting in the “slow clothing” idea and would love to see more information on where to find clothing made from recycled plastic!

Moderator
Admin
Moderator
5 years ago
Reply to  Amy Matthews

That sounds like an excellent topic, Amy. Thanks for suggesting it!

Hope Beach
Hope Beach
5 years ago

I’m trying to weed out my closet with just things I need that can be interchangeable to make a different outfit instead of buying more. It’s a work in progress.

Smithc410
Smithc410
4 years ago

I really like and appreciate your blog post.Thanks Again.

Ivy Jones
Ivy Jones
3 years ago

I would love to shop green for clothing but I have found that it is beyond expensive. I could not find a cotton white shirt for under like 30 bucks. If you could write an article about places to go and maybe some more affordable alternatives would be nice.

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
3 years ago

What a cool concept!

Teresa Miller
Teresa Miller
3 years ago

I try to keep my two teenage daughter’s away from stores like Forever 21 which is considered a “Fast Fashion” store and teach them that it is better to own a few nice quality outfits than a bunch of clothes you might never wear.