Raquel Wallace from ethical.market said: “It’s easy not to have to think about where something is made, it’s out of sight and out of mind, but with the high street giants churning out new designs every day ‘who made my clothes?’ is a question we should all be asking.
“I’m just not comfortable with the concept that someone else has to pay the human cost, in order for me to have another item to add to my wardrobe. It’s 2016 and I think enough is enough, this exploitation of people and the environment just can’t continue in the way it has, something has to give.
“When I’m asked why we do what we do, a quote by a garment worker called Shima from ‘The True Cost’ movie always resonates with me: ‘I don’t want anyone wearing anything, which is produced by our blood’, quite frankly neither do I.
“I just can’t see the appeal in fast fashion, aside from the human ethics, I don’t really want to spend my hard earned money on something that isn’t meant to last or that everyone else is wearing. I’m not saying we ban brands, but we should put more pressure on them to make some changes or at least stop the greenwashing so there is more transparency for consumers to make an informed decision.
“One of the problems with ethically made products is accessibility and affordability, our goal when building ethical.market was to create a platform where hundreds of brands could come together and offer an unrivalled selection competing with the high street.
“All our brands have to sign up to our strict terms and conditions ensuring that they have traced back items through their entire manufacturing chain, ensuring fair working conditions at every stage.”