I recently picked up Naked Fashion – The new sustainable fashion revolution by Safia Minney (founder of People Tree).
I haven’t finished reading it but the point that it makes is that our current state of the fashion industry is not sustainable – for the environment or for the people that are employed (and I use that term loosely considering the squalid conditions some people live in so that we can buy a $4 t-shirt and then throw it away in 6 months).
It is definitely thought provoking.
Here is another interesting article about how leather is processed.
I don’t think we have to give up our style or beautiful clothes. I just believe that we have to rethink how we approach it and do it in a mindful manner that is respectful of the environment and the people who are employed. How can we claim to be caring and thoughtful of our fellow humans if we allow others to live in substandard conditions, for what, to save a few bucks? Because if we allow it to happen to others, there’s no stopping it from happening to us.