What Does 'ETHICALLY MADE' Mean Exactly?

'ETHICALLY MADE'... What does that really mean?

Ethical fashion has been a "buzz word" for quite some time...and for good reason. This isn't just a trend or a fad, but a way of reshaping the fashion industry that is completely necessary and so important. Hopefully one day, "ethical fashion" wont be a *thing* because ALL fashion will be ethical. 

DID YOU KNOW [Facts from Fashion Revolution]:

'Approximately 75 million people work to make our clothes. 80% of them are women between the ages of 18 and 35. However, the majority of the people who makes clothing for the global market live in poverty, unable to afford life's basic necessities. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe and dirty conditions, with very little pay"

DID YOU ALSO KNOW:

Sweatshop workers making our clothing can earn wages as low as just a handful of cents an hour or a few dollars a day. The majority of these humans work a minimum of 60 hours a week in bad conditions. And according to the Global Slavery Index, garments are in the top 5 products at risk for being made by modern day slaves! 

If you weren't convinced that "ethically made" isn't a buzz word and a trend before reading this blog post, we hope you agree on it's importance now!

ETHICALLY MADE MEANS

that the workers [throughout the entire supply chain] are paid a fair living wage. They are treated with respect, work in safe factories, are not exploited, are not taken advantage of, are spoken to nicely, work fair hours, and are not put in situations where their life is threatened or put in danger. 

How to Tell If Your Garment Was Made Ethically - Miakoda
  1. Research, research, research. Check on the brand's website to see if they provide information about where and how their clothing is made. Most ethical brands are proud to share this information. If a brand isn't sharing, they might be hiding something.
  2. Check the care label to see where the clothing is made. Places like Bangladesh, El Salvador, and China are high risk for sweatshop and unfair labor. If the clothing is made locally to where the brand is located, it's probably lower risk, but this isn't a fool proof way to ensure ethics. There are even sweatshops and horrible factories in the USA.
  3. Ask questions! Ask brands: "Who made my clothing?" If they aren't willing to share, you don't need to share your money and style with them. 
  4. Remember that transparency isn't a privilege-- you are allowed to [and should] ask questions and get answers before you give a brand your money and support. If the brand's website isn't telling you something you'd like to know, ASK. Always check the website first, and never feel bad to ask and make sure that what you're supporting feels good to YOU!  

Make sure to follow along with us on Instagram @MiakodaNewYork where we regularly share pictures and videos of our garments being cut and sewn ethically in NYC. 

Julia Ahrens