(Re)Creating a New Future of Fashion

Ethical fashion means producing materials and goods in the fashion industry that sustain use of natural resources, preserve natural environments and respect the inhabitants of ecosystems. Although criteria varies by organization and company, ethical fashion embraces the following:.

Developing and producing fashion fabrics, materials and goods, man-made or natural, using processes that respect and preserve the environment
Producing fashion fabrics, materials and goods that guarantee sustainable use of the local natural resources
Producing fashion fabrics, materials and goods that do not disrupt or destroy the local ecosystem
Producing fashion fabrics, materials and goods that do not use or destroy protected or endangered species of plants or animals
Producing fashion fabrics, materials and goods that do not require the death of mammals, reptiles, fish or birds
Producing fashion fabrics materials and goods that respect human rights and incorporate the principles of fair trade

Fair trade means providing a living wage to artisans and producers in developing countries for their work and/or their products and embrace the following principles recognized by the International Bill of Human Rights:

Guaranteeing a local living wage for workers and producers of goods and services
Guaranteeing equal employment opportunities for all workers and producers
Guaranteeing against the use of forced or slave labor, and child labor
Guaranteeing working conditions that meet international health and safety standards
Providing opportunities for economic growth and progress for local industries
Guaranteeing the international right to join and form unions

The increased globalization of trade has made fair trade increasingly important. It is essential that developing nations have the opportunity to compete in world markets and enjoy economic growth through their native industries.