What is Fast Fashion? And other terms to understand sustainable fashion

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Cruelty-Free

These are products that do not contain any animal ingredients or ingredients that have been produced or sourced and have harmed any animals along the way.

Carbon Footprint

This means the quantity measure of greenhouse gases that a human emits directly or indirectly through their actions. These include manufacturing processes, transport, purchase of items that have produced greenhouse gases in manufacturing. 



Conscious Consumer

Someone who is aware of the negative effects of purchasing items that are not produced ethically or sustainably, for this reason, they choose to purchase items that follow the guidelines of sustainability and avoid contribution to mass production and wasteful or harmful manufacturing processes. 

Clean Beauty

In general, it means that the use of products that do not contain any toxic ingredients that could have detrimental effects on the human or the environment.

Fast Fashion

The term used for manufacturing trends as quickly as possible from the catwalks to the racks. This mass-production process creates a lot of garments at a real face pace & cheaply and not taking account of the environment. It leads to a wasteful attitude to fashion consumption as trends come and go. Quality of garments is reduced, and textile workers are paid less than minimum wage to keep items at a low cost for competition with competitors and the market.

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Slow Fashion

The very opposite of fast fashion. This is about multiple approaches to ethically consuming fashion such as buying second-hand, thrifting, buying ethically made and/or locally made garments, buying less or high-quality items, upcycling, and avoiding fast fashion.



Greenwashing

This is a term used to make consumers believe that a company is doing more to protect the environment than it really is. It is dishonest and deceitful marketing about a company or a product’s environmental impact. Beware of the signs coz you do not want to be deceived.

Natural

A term used for a product that has been made from natural resources and does not contain any synthetic derivatives.



Social Responsibility

This term refers to a business framework that prioritizes people and the Earth as much as profit. It is to develop businesses to have a positive relationship with the societies and environment in which they operate. 




Circularity

This is the approach to designing & producing products that can be repaired, remade, reused, and eventually recycled or biodegraded at the end of its use. 

Transparency

This is the practice of publicly sharing information to the public about where the products are made, the makers that made them, and the rest of the cycle.

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...from white whole pants

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...to summer white coordinates!


Upcycling

This is another form of recycling; however, it involves re-using a material that may be purposeless or no longer in use. Repurposing it to make it useful again by making it a higher quality of look nicer but also giving it a better environmental value.


Ethical Sourcing

This is when companies have taken a lot of care and thoughts on where they get their ingredients and materials from. By taking into account, beyond the material or ingredient itself but instead, who was involved in the process and is these people were treated fairly. The company needs to be aware of the entire supply chain, pay a fair price for the materials or ingredients, and ensure that their suppliers are committed to positive environmental and social impact and providing safe working conditions.


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24 comments :

  1. I had no idea about the term greenwashing, thank you for making this post! I know slow fashion is becoming a hot trend, it's nice to finally know what these terms really mean.

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    1. Many companies and brand strategists are getting more creative in creating new sustainable words, but we need to be careful on its true definition. Like the word greenwashing, companies are taking this sustainable trend just for a talk and not in action.

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  2. I would love to have the talent of sewing.. Ao nice to see some old stuff being upcycled.. What I do now is that I wear my mom's old stuff.. hahaha all her skirts and cute dresses from way back 80's!

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    1. I bet those pieces are fabulous! You are a sustainable fashionista!

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  3. I have never heard of several of those terms before. It was great to learn more about fashion as well as ways to make it more sustainable.

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    1. Remember that the most sustainable piece of clothing is already in your closet. By not throwing them early, and reusing them over and over, you are already promoting a sustainable environment.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing all of these terms. I strive to live a sustainable life, and this is going to help me do that in another area of my life.

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  5. Thanks for the 411 on these new fashion phrases. Great info to know.

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  6. I don't know if this is particularly any better than fast fashion, but my husband and I do alot of shopping in charity shops/thrift stores. I've found some excellent pieces that I still have after years and have also passed on a number of my own clothes to thrift stores.

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    1. That's amazing Nyxie! I bet you always score good finds from your thrift shopping.

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  7. Ooh most of these fashion terms are quite new to me... So when i buy clothes from Ukay ukay.. Is it categorized as slos fashion? I sometimes enjoy buying second hand clothes and then try to mix and match them.. It's fun hehe
    Thank you for sharing this.. And you look gorgeous with that outfit too

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    1. Yes it is! As long as you keep on using your clothes more often, you are now contributing to a sustainable fashion environment.

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  8. It's awesome to make something turn it into another thing. We love to refashion our old clothes.

    Fransic - https://www.querianson.com

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  9. All these are such great terms, I did not know about some of them. And I also love how you doctored that attire, looks so good!

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    1. Thank you Neha! The fabric looks so good, and I don't want to waste it.

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  10. I like the fact that you do upcycling. It reduces the detrimental effects of fast fashion! Kudos!

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    1. I also like the fact that I have one-of-a-kind clothes and not worrying that someone also wears the same designs :)

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  11. Wow! That was awesome! You were perfectly able to turn the old white jeans into a short one. I hope I know how to use the sewing machine too.

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  12. Such an informative post! Brings me back to my fashion school days. Good work!

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