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Ethical Fashion Resources: Buyerarchy of Needs

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Looking for ethical fashion resources? I’ve got a really useful diagram to help make you stop and think about your shopping habits. Read on!

Hello!  How have you been? Lately, I have been spending some of my evenings browsing Pinterest. Particuarly for ethical fashion resources.  Something about the visual aspect of it has been quite soothing after a long day!  

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An Ethical Fashion Resource

It was here I came across this great ethical fashion resource – the Buyerarchy of Needs by artist Sarah Lazarovic:

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I love how Sarah Lazarovic succinctly shows in her buyerarchy of needs that using what you have is always the most sustainable solution, and buying new should be your last resort if all other options fail.

This framework can be applied to almost anything you would usually buy. I find it to be particularly useful when applied to my wardrobe. After all, the most ethical item of clothing is the one you already have. Especially so when you consider that according to research the average person only wears 20% of the items in their wardrobe.

The aim is only to buy new items of ethical clothing when I’ve exhausted the other options. And even then, being brutally honest with yourself and asking if you actually need it, or do you just want it? The answer might surprise you.

Other Useful Ethical Clothing Reading Materials

Speaking of ethical fashion resources, then If you’re in need of some pointers I’ve got a few!  With regards to thrifting there are some secondhand shopping guides on Moral Fibres such as my charity shop shopping tips, and eBay shopping tips, in case you haven’t come across them before. I’ve also got a really useful post on where to shop for secondhand clothes online.

I’ve also started a useful series on how to build an ethical wardrobe from scratch, which I hope will provide a good starting point for beginners in making your wardrobe more ethical.

All images courtesy of Sarah Lazarovic.

Fashion, Life & Style

Ethical Clothing Infographic

ethical clothing infographic

Looking for an ethical clothing infographic? I’ve got a really handy one right here.

I thought I’d share this handy and succinct ethical clothing infographic I found on Pinterest the other day.  As with all things Pinterest it can be difficult to find the original image source.  If you ever do come across the original source do let me know so I can credit it properly!

Ethical Clothing Infographic

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Were there any surprises here for you?

For me what was really interesting to see in this ethical clothing infographic was the mark-up made by retailers selling non-fair trade items – 50% in the case of your typical non-fair trade garment, versus just pennies for the workers and cotton farmer.

I’m personally interested in seeing how non-fair trade clothing compares to ethically made clothing.  I haven’t been able to find anything similar to this infographic yet, but I will try and hunt down a similar infographic for you as soon as I can.

Other Useful Reading Material

Speaking of ethical fashion infographics and resources, then if you’re in need of some pointers I’ve got a few!  

If  you’re a new reader and this has piqued your interest for ethical clothing then I have a whole section of this website devoted solely to ethical clothing.  I also have posts devoted to ethical clothing brands for women and for men.  And if you’re on a tight budget you might also find this post on affordable ethical clothing especially useful.

You can also check out this ethical clothing infographic, which shows the importance of not buying new where we don’t need to. With regards to thrifting there are some secondhand shopping guides on Moral Fibres such as my charity shop shopping tips, and eBay shopping tips, in case you haven’t come across them before. I’ve also got a really useful post on where to shop for secondhand clothes online.

I’ve also started a useful series on how to build an ethical wardrobe from scratch, which I hope will provide a good starting point for beginners in making your wardrobe more ethical.

You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to be kept up to date with my most recent finds and articles.

And please do share any ethical fashion resources you find in the comments below!