I have previously written about ethical fashion and the truth about fast fashion and can now happily say that I haven’t purchased anything from a fast fashion brand in over a year. We have to realize that anything that is fast and makes a lot of money is probably problematic with regards to human rights, animal rights, and the environment.
I had mentioned in my holiday wish list that I wanted to get a pair of Oxfords from Golden Ponies. As it turned out, my mother got me two pairs for my birthday: the pink pair I mentioned in the other post, and the brown and beige pair I'm going to talk about in this post.
These are some things that I've been loving lately.
H&M is one of the most well-known fast fashion brands in the world with thousands of stores on all continents. The retailer’s success is based on low prices and aggressive marketing, including collaborations with high-profile celebrities. As any big company, H&M is interested in profits and nothing more. A lot of money is spent on their marketing campaigns and the décor in their stores. The prices are kept low so that the lower middle class can afford to shop there, and yet Stefan Persson, the son of H&M founder Erling Persson, is one of the richest people in the world. His son Karl-Johan Persson is currently the CEO of H&M. How is that possible when we, the consumers, have to pay such low prices, and H&M spends so much money on advertising and nice locations?
Winter has officially started, and even here in Athens, temperatures are dropping. These are some of my favorite products this winter so far:
It’s that time of the year again when everyone is preparing for the holiday season. Christmas decorations are everywhere and people are starting to think about gifts to buy for the people in their lives. Even here in Greece, where Easter is a bigger holiday than Christmas, public places and stores are already decorated.
In today’s society, we rarely think about the consequences of purchasing products with extra packaging or with a short life cycle. Most of us have never seen a landfill, so once we throw something in the trash it’s out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, the ones who have to live close to those landfills are often poor and disenfranchised communities while the ones who produce the most waste are those people privileged enough to be able to easily dispose of items they no longer want or need. Waste that is not sent to landfills is burned in incinerators with toxins being released into the air during the process.
I’m not a religious person. There was a time where I actually practiced my religion, but I was never conservative in my views. I do love my religion, though, and having studied Islamic Studies and worked with historical texts, I do feel quite qualified to make statements about Islam.
Even though during the early times of Islam there was, obviously, no concept such as veganism that doesn't mean that it is un-Islamic, as many people seem to think.
A few weeks ago TopVintage, the leading European vintage inspired online store, held a giveaway. The prize was a complete summer look, including a dress, a swimsuit, two accessories, and a pair of shoes. Much to my surprise, I was the winner.
After the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, even less informed people found out about the inhumane conditions under which workers in the fashion industry have to produce clothing for fast fashion brands. In reaction to the building collapse, which killed more than 1000 people, many politicians and NGOs spoke out against the way garment factory workers are treated. Even consumers started to voice their concerns. Unfortunately, the vast majority of clothes sold in Western countries is still produced by brands that want to maximize profits at all costs. Social and environmental sustainability only play a role when they can be used as marketing strategies.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.