What to look for when shopping ethically:
There are lots of improvements to be made within the fashion industry and it is difficult to successfully tick all the boxes. Therefore, choosing which sustainable and ethical stand-points are most important to you is a great place to start, research the brands and make an informed decision.
The majority of high street clothing is made in places such as Bangladesh and Cambodia and these workers can earn as little as 38p an hour. In order for you to get a £5 t-shirt costs have to be cut somewhere and usually it is the workers that pay the price. Although often difficult to find, if you can, find brands that pay their workers an actual living wage (not just minimum wage) and provide safe, clean working environments in factories which have been externally audited by a good organisation; it is a great way to make an impact with your purchasing power.
Eleven Six work with a women’s cooperative of artisans in Bolivia and Peru to produce the more novelty and eclectic items in their collections. This opportunity empowers the women and the entrepreneurial environment allows them to thrive. The women use traditional textile techniques such as hand knitting, macramé, crochet and hand weaving to create high quality pieces.