It’s #EthicalFashionFriday and it’s time to talk about how to know if a brand is *actually* ethical!
If a brand claims/shows in really transparent ways that they make ethical production a priority in their company, there’s no way to *really* prove that they’re telling the truth. But at the end of the day, we can only do our best. If you’re trying to purchase ethically and you’re following all these steps, then you’re *probably * going to end up with something ethically made, and intention is 99% of changing the world!
First thing’s first: check their website.
A lot of brands post information about their production and labor practices under the “About” section or “Our Story” section of their website. If they don’t have any information on their website they *probably* aren’t ethical, but they still might be!
So next up: ASK. Call customer service, send a DM on social media, or an email to their headquarters or general inquiry email address. If they give you a really generic response like, “oh yes, we’re 100% ethical” but they don’t list for you the specific ways in which they ensure that, then they *probably* aren’t ethical, but they still might be!
So keep pushing them for specifics. Ask them where their factories are, whether or not they can provide you with proof of their ethical certifications, and whether or not they have third party factory inspections. Hold them accountable by asking the specific questions you want answered, and if they don’t respond or give you more generic answers, then you can pretty much guarantee that they aren’t ethical.
Those are my top tips for figuring out if a brand is ethical, but do you have any others to add? List them below!
Ethically thrifted (purchased used) bralette: @freepeople
Gold Lame top: @divawhohustles (who, by the way, makes everything to order in Los Angeles, and is on a first name basis with her manufacturer, Miguel, whom she pays very well, so *SUPER ETHICAL*, go buy all her stunning clothes STAT)