Have you ever wondered who made your clothes? More often than not, our clothes are the product of people working long hours for low pay in dangerous conditions, using methods that devastate the environment. Chances are, that's exactly how the clothes you're wearing right now were made.
Bummer. We know, right?
The rise of fast fashion has only made this problem worse, increasing consumption and encouraging the idea that our clothes are disposable instead of things to be loved and looked after. So what can we do? It can be hard to know where to begin, especially in a world where there are so many important issues vying for our attention. We've been there, wrestling with all those important questions. How can I tell if a brand is really ethical? How do I know if a brand treats their workers well? Do I have to start wearing hemp?* The list goes on.
Perhaps the biggest question of all, though, is:
Do our actions really matter?
In a word: Yep.
In several words: Yes. Affirmative. Absolutely. Undoubtedly.
Together Street was born out of the realisation that we are inextricably connected to the people that make the things we buy and the environment in which those things are made. We want the clothes we wear to represent the kind of world we'd like to live in. You know, one that doesn't involve mass exploitation of people and planet to churn out the latest trend. It's our way of sharing the journey we're on into the world of ethical and sustainable fashion and...*drumroll please*...we want to continue on the journey with you.
Our small, everyday decisions can lead to monumental change when we make them together.
This year we'll be posting one challenge a month to help you think about the issues and find out what you can do to make a difference. We'd like you to join us as we explore the issues around the way our clothes are made, share ideas about what we can do in response, discover new brands that are doing business differently and find ways to challenge our favourite high street brands to do better. We'll be sharing stories from people who've started clothing brands, people who make our clothes, people who wear them (people like, errr... you), and learning how we can live a little more thoughtfully to bring about real change.
Sound good? Sign up to commit to change.