Sustainability is much more than just material.
Sustainability in fashion goes beyond the materials an item is made from. While this is critical in protecting our planet, sustainability also refers to the ethical and fair treatment of every human that comes in contact with the item.
Unsafe working conditions (exposure to harmful chemicals, physical and emotional abuse), child labor (according to the International Labor Organization, 170 million children worldwide are being forced to work, many within the fashion supply chain), and low (aka not livable) wages are just a handful of major issues at the core of the fast fashion industry.
Cheap fashion may be cheap to the consumer, however, the cost of the garment lies in unethical production.
What can we do?
Take a pause when purchasing an item. Learn to ask some important questions. What is the item made out of? Will it last? Can I wear it in multiple ways and for multiple occasions? Where was the item made? How transparent is the supply chain? From harvesting the materials to make the garment to the factory it was produced in...what is the real cost of this garment?
Our goal at Mary Rose and with our line that we are working on producing is to be completely transparent in our entire process. The design, the material harvesting, the production. We want to be as clear as possible.
I cannot unsee the truth about fast fashion. It is destroying our planet and contributing to the overall problems in our world. Know better. Do better.
Petals of Hope. ETA Spring 2022
I promise we will do our best until we have our own line. If there are any brands that you know of that are size inclusive and sustainable, please comment with them below. It is time that we are the change we want to see in the world. Past time. Let's do this.
You are enough, just as you are, and you deserve your own love and compassion.