Oxfam publishes ‘naughty and nice’ list of ethical fashion brands

Fast fashion is everywhere. One second you’re browsing an online store for some new shoes; a minute later, those same exact shoes are staring you in the face in an ad on your Facebook.

Kind of rude. Pretty creepy. Basically inescapable.

But do you really know – or bother to check – where your cheap threads are coming from? Or do you just *add to cart* without really thinking?

More fashion retailers in Australia are embracing transparency than ever before, but some companies are still failing to disclose the location of their factories – according to Oxfam’s annual “naughty and nice” list of retailers.

Cotton On, Big W and GAP were given kudos for recently revealing the factories where their clothes are made; Topshop, Uniqlo and The Just Group have remained on the “naughty” list.

Tips for shopping ethically

  • Buy second hand / vintage. Cheap, unique and has no new impact on the environment or workers.
  • Buy less, but buy better: invest in fewer, good quality, and timeless pieces that you’ll wear for years.
  • Organise a clothes swap among friends
  • Take care of your clothes so they last longer
  • Mend or repurpose clothes before throwing them out

Full article: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/oxfam-ethical-fashion-list/8045708

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