What is the name of your blog?
Tells us about your blog and why you started it.
I started my blog One Green Dress over a year ago when I was becoming increasingly interested in ethical fashion. I had been researching the different brands and the various debates within the ethical fashion industry and learning about how fashion could be ethical and sustainable. I was beginning to compile a huge amount of information and decided that I wanted somewhere to store and display it both for my personal use and to show others what I was finding out.
Why is sustainable fashion so important?
I really feel that fashion has become hugely consumption driven- people have stopped caring about what they are buying and are more concerned about buying as much as possible, as frequently as possible. For me, it’s really important to think about the journey that the clothes have taken from crop to shop; how many processes it gone through, countries it has traveled through and hands it has passed through.
How would you describe your style / fashion sense?
Well I try to aim for an elegant, well groomed look; quite formal in general and then I tend to funk up outfits with bold jewellery. When I buy new clothes I buy them to last so I try to stick to classic, flattering cuts that won’t age too quickly. A lot of my wardrobe wouldn’t look out of place in the office; it’s quite smart and easy to dress up or down.
Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?
I admire those people that aren’t willing to settle for just one aspect of sustainability. I really admire companies that aren’t picking between being environmentally friendly or using fair labour but are striving for both and looking at improving all aspects of their global production chain. I think we should always strive to be better than we are in ethical fashion.
What are your favourite ethical brands and why?
I’m always finding new ethical fashion brands and my favourite new finds are O My Bag, Leila Hafzi and Maiyet. I just bought O My Bag’s Sleazy Jane handbag and I couldn’t be more pleased with it! O My Bag are definitely the most ethically sourced leather bags that I have ever found- they have covered everything from the cows to the labourers and all the processes in between to make sure they are as ethical as possible. What I find to be above and beyond in the realms of ethical fashion with these three brands is their focus on design led fashion. They do not expect people to buy their products just because they are ethical - they expect people to buy their products because they are gorgeous, well made and worth investing in.
What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?
Do your research and make sure that the brand you choose to buy from are being clear about their ethical credentials as well as striving for greatness. Personally, I think it’s worth spending more and buying less, so choose wisely and pick a product that’s worth investing in and will last you for years to come. This way you will end up with a wardrobe full of items that you can truly treasure.
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Check out Amelia's 'One Green Dress' blog here.