I started my capsule wardrobe using Project 333 in 2013. Since then I have learnt a lot about myself and the clothing industry.
In the beginning, the capsule wardrobe for me was all about how it could make my life easier. After a couple of seasons, as I became more aware of how my clothing choices affected others and the nasty side effects of fast fashion, I wanted to use my capsule wardrobe to do more for others. I wanted a more socially and environmentally responsible clothes.
At first I didn’t know what dressing ethically meant besides second-hand clothing so I did some research and saved them for the rainy day when I might need new clothes. Soon enough, a pair of old cheap boots got holes in them. I took them to the cobbler but they refused to fix them ( #sadlyfe). After that, I slipped and split the left knee of my favourite/only pants. A dress had shrunk so much it was the size of a large tee shirt. Then, I had an oil spill occur in my bag. And, so I went and got some new clothes.
Shirts from People Tree
SLOW FASHION MEANS STANDING UP AGAINST EXPLOITATION, FAMILY SEPARATION, SLUM CITIES AND POLLUTION – ALL THE THINGS THAT MAKE FAST FASHION SO SUCCESSFUL"- PEOPLE TREE
These shirts are both fair trade, certified organic and very soft. Most of People Tree products are made out of certified organic and Fairtrade cotton and all their clothes are dyed using safe and natural dyes.
Shoes from Oliberte (Oliberte.com)
My replacement shoes from Oliberté. Oliberté Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory. They have this cool three way shipping thing where if you are based in North America at the end of your shoes' life you can send it back (they'll pay shipping) and they'll recycle it for you. You'll also get a lifetime warranty on it, too.
Backpack from Stone+Cloth (stoneandcloth.com)
While I was sad about my old bag, life is much better now with a backpack because I can distribute 5 kilograms of food and drinks over two shoulders instead of just one with my old one shoulder bag.
10% of the profit from every purchase from stone+cloth goes directly to their partner organisation Knock Foundation to help pay for children’s education in Tanzania.
I decided to share what I got with you is because these companies are doing great things and deserve recognition. Also, it took me a while to find these places and I want to save you time.
With love and simplicity,
P.S. If you have any ethical clothing brands that I should know of please let me know in the comments.