Gingerly, you slide each garment laden hanger along the clothing rack as the murmurs of other fashion savvy individuals hum in the background. Out of the corner of your eye you catch a glimpse of it. You briskly slide the hanger over to get a full view. You let the soft fabric fill your palm as you examine the cut and size of the piece. Your heart flutters. You have been looking for a dress like this for ages.
The idea of shopping ethically for clothing is a noble one, but for a lot of us, actually carrying out this idea can seem daunting. We can relate to having questions like.. Where can I find these "ethical clothes"? Aren't they expensive? How do I know if they're ethical? What does ethical even mean?!
After committing ourselves to a year of shopping ethically for clothes, we've learned a few ways to make surviving ethical shopping a little easier...
To celebrate and share My New Neighbour with our friends, we hosted a clothing swap! A clothing swap is a surprisingly easy way to clean out your closet while also getting a few new items to update your wardrobe...for free!
We've decided to use a “Buyerarchy” of Needs as a visual “how to” in pursuing ethical fashion. We hope it will give you inspiration and motivation in regards to the many ways you can pursue conscious shopping. We encourage you to see where on the Buyerarchy your shopping habits can fit into!