Jasmine J.

Eco Fashion 101: Glossary

In Fashion writing on June 5, 2012 at 2:50 am
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Eco fashion is a generic term with a myriad of connotations. It generally refers to all fashion products that have been created in such a way as to contribute to a healthier and more equal world.

Vegan products are those made without the use of leather or animal tissue products, such as “vegetal leather” bags and shoes.

Ethically produced fashion is fashion that has been produced with respect for people and environment, however, it may not necessarily mean that it is is certified Organic of Fair Trade, as the official certification process takes time.

Craft/Artisan products are employ artisan skills such as embroidery; they encourage preservation of traditional, hand-made decorations.

Custom denotes demi-couture or made to-order, which promotes limited over mass-produced fashion.

Fair trade certified is fashion that meets international standards for labour and promotes environmentalism. It focuses on exports from developing countries to developed countries.

Organic means natural fibers that have been grown without any pesticides and other toxic materials, preserving the health of humans and the environment.

Recycled pretty self-explanatory, it includes anything that has been made from already existing materials, fabrics, metals or fibres. Fibres can also be re-purposed from pre-existing fabric, re-spun and reused for new garment.

Vintage is a generic term for new or second hand garments created in the period from the 1920’s to 1975. However, it is often used more generally for second-hand clothes or up-cycled clothes (customized second-hand clothes).

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