A major barrier that many people face when entering the world of ethical clothing is the fact that it is more expensive. This is something that can, unfortunately, draw many people away from making the morally correct decision of purchasing organic clothing.
So why is it that organic, ethical clothing more expensive? The answers are more simple than you may think and once you read and understand them, we guarantee you will feel more at ease about going ahead with your transition to eco-friendly fashion.
Organic clothing takes more time to produce
The reality is, the organic, fair-trade fashion industry takes more time to produce every piece of clothing – that’s why it has gained the title of the ‘slow fashion’ industry. However, you may be asking yourself, ‘If they use less pesticides and chemicals doesn’t that mean it takes less time?’. We can see why people may think this is the case, but in fact, the situation is just the opposite. Using these harmful pesticides is actually a shortcut for fast fashion producers and avoiding using these products means more hands-on work for the farmers. As the saying goes…time is money and there is no exception in this industry.
The materials of organic clothing are more expensive
Organic clothing is eco-friendly, which means that every element involved in producing the item is eco-friendly as well. So it’s important to consider that organic clothing is having less impact on the environment, whilst it’s being made and also while you’re wearing it. Eco-fabrics such as; bamboo, organic cotton and industrial hemp are rated the top eco-friendly materials as listed on EcoWatch and they are also more expensive. Low impact dyes are also used in the process of producing organic clothing which also cost more, however, they are very beneficial to the environment. Low-impact dyes have a higher average absorption rate which means that less water is required in the rinse processes of producing clothing. The additional benefit is that less dye runs off in the water which equals less direct pollution on the environment.
The manufacturers of ethical clothing are paid equally
They wouldn’t call it ‘ethical clothing’ if it was produced by underpaid labourers in underdeveloped countries. So, when you’re purchasing an ethical piece of clothing, remember it’s going to cost more than if you were to buy the same thing in a fashion outlet. The reality is, the reason that sweater in these places can be $15 is because a poor child in an underdeveloped country is getting less than $1 a day to produce hundreds of the same item. There is a price to pay (literally) for standing up against inhumane procedures that occur in the fast fashion industry. So if you really do want the world to move away from labour exploitation and child labour, it’s important to remember that we as individuals all have a part in the transition.
Organic clothing takes more time to design
It’s important to keep in mind that majority of organic clothing is handcrafted by somebody’s own hands. This obviously means it’s going to take more time and effort than a machine would produce. However, the upside to this is that organic clothing is of higher quality and usually lasts much longer than fast fashion clothing. So although you’ll be out of pocket initially, instead of having to throw out a pair of jeans only 6 months into owning them, they will be with you for years to come. Say goodbye to wastage and hello to future savings!
Now you understand why ethical fashion costs more its time to take that step in the right direction! Act now by purchasing your organic clothing from an ethical retailer and remember to share the word with family and friends as well.