Textile waste is estimated to have increased by 60% between 2015 and 2030 according to the Global Fashion Agenda. But unfortunately, this is just one of the many issues connected to the fashion industry. The Global Slavery Index shows that fashion is the second biggest promoter of modern-day slavery, following the tech industry. Alongside this, 71% of modern-day slaves are women which makes addressing the negative impact of fast fashion even more important.
To best combat the negative effects of fast fashion, we have to stop buying into it. Instead, we can reuse, upcycle, swap and borrow from friends. Shopping only as a last resort. It can be difficult to get your head around, I know it was for me. But at the start of 2020, I decided to give up fast fashion. I now buy everything second hand except for essentials like underwear, which I buy from fair fashion companies. I've had a few slip-ups but overall my contribution to fast fashion has basically stopped which I am pretty pleased with. Plus there have been a few personal benefits to my fast fashion hiatus. Saving a heck of a lot of money is one and feeling happy with what I already own, losing the desire to keep up with trends, is another.
I studied textiles at university and work in the fashion industry so feel a strong connection to the subject. Educating myself on what is actually happening in factories in the Far-East feels significant and helped me make the decision to quit fast fashion. I found the documentaries, books, blogs and other resources below extremely enlightening (and often shocking) so I hope you find them (and the rest of this Fair Fashion Index) useful too! 

Ethical Fashion Documentaries, Books and Other Resources

The Good Shopping Guide, an online ethical comparison site for all major brands. Not exclusive to fashion, this site is great for comparing phones, energy providers, beauty products and much more. 
The True Cost, a documentary film exploring the impact fast fashion has on people and the planet.
The River Blue, a documentary film uncovering how the fashion industry plays a part in destroying our rivers. 
Cradle to Cradle, a manifesto on a new form of environmentalism. 'Reduce, reuse, recycle' is the standard 'cradle to grave' manufacturing model, dating back to the Industrial Revolution, that we still use today.
- Fashion Revolution, a charity campaigning for fair, transparent, clean, safe and accountable fashion. Their website has great resources targetted at normal people, brands, producers and more, educating everyone on fair fashion. 

Online Second-hand shops

Ebay, a great place to buy and sell clothes as well as pretty much everything else!
Depop, an app-based platform more specific to buying and selling clothes and accessories. 
Thred Up, the largest online thrift store but they only ship to America and Canada. 
Thrifted, an online secondhand store dedicated to vintage fashion. A little on the pricier side but worth it for some amazing vintage items. 

Fair Fashion Brands

Organic Basics, clothing and underwear for men and women.
- People Tree, clothing and underwear for women.
- The Slow Label, sports/loungewear and underwear for women.
- Armed Angels, clothing for men and women.
- Teksha, unisex loungewear.
- Matt & Nat, accessories.
- Veja, trainers.
- Re/Done, upcycled clothing for men and women. 
- Embassy of Bricks and Logs, outwear for men and women.
- Lilja, swimwear for women. 
- Stay Wild, swimwear for women. 
- Reformation, clothing for women. 
Vegan Outfitters, clothing for men and women. 
- Melawear, clothing for men and women. 
- Patagonia, outwear for men and women. 
- Alohas, shoes for women. 
Veenofs, clothing for men and women. 
Zabo, accessories.
Love and Love, accessories.
Nae, shoes.