Fast Fashion Facts
The fashion industry can be disturbingly wasteful, reckless and destructive. According to the Business of Fashion, fashion is one of the most polluting industries, second only to oil.
Yea. Just let that sink in a bit…
Fast fashion brands are on the rise, and it’s important to understand what fast fashion is as well as the impact it has on both our environment and the people who make it.
What is fast fashion?
Fast fashion means cutting corners in garment quality and treatment of the workers who make it. In other words, the high-end items you seek on the catwalk are being replicated for the masses in a cheap but harmful manor.
Consuming clothing designed to be replaced quickly usually means that garments are discarded to landfills rather than worn season after season or passed along to second-hand shops.
Wanna know something even scarier?
These items are often made with toxic chemicals, dangerous dyes and synthetic materials that can be harmful to mother nature AND the people who make them.
French Knot is different.
In an industry overflowing with fast fashion, French Knot is an independent designer who thrives on developing stylish cold weather accessories that emphasize both lasting quality and social responsibility - proving it's possible to create something beautiful that respects our environment and the people who make them.
Our items are made to order - not mass produced. And, our vendors take careful and deliberate steps to preserve our environment.
The art of hand crafting (instead of manufacturing) our accessories combined with water-based pigment dyes, rainwater harvesting systems, and the effort to recycle and reuse all excess materials results in minimal environmental impact.
So, now what?
We all need to do our part to be more educated shoppers. Try things like buying secondhand, refraining from hasty purchases based on trends, and supporting ethical brands.
Do you make it a habit of looking at your clothing labels? Where is it made? Does it contain natural fibers? You might be surprised by what you discover when you start paying attention.