We love fashion and have always been curious about where clothing and accessories are designed and made. We research so we can know the ethical and environmental impact fashion has on our world. Issues such as working conditions, exploitation, fair trade, and animal welfare matter to us.
We always ask lots of questions when we are buying our collections because we want to be educated and make good decisions. Here are a few of our thoughts…
THE WORD ON ECO-FRIENDLY FASHION – HOW DOES IT IMPACT THE ENVIRONMENT?
Ever wondered how the production of clothing, footwear and accessories impact our world? It’s a complex subject and we don’t pretend to know everything but we would like to address a few ideas that include the letter “r”:
1. Recycle – If you have items in your wardrobe you no longer wear why not consider other possibilities such as consigning or giving them to a local charity. We have given donations to many local charities in the past (as detailed in an earlier blog). We are committed to being part of the community we live and work in and feel good when we can make a difference.
2. Repair – Maybe you have some clothing that just needs a little repair or alternation to fit you better. We are happy to give our opinion and assist you to find local businesses that specializes in such services.
3. Repurpose and Reinvent – If you have a favourite sweater and want to know how to update your look bring it to us. Sometimes all you need is that one key piece, such as a new pair of denim pants, to give you more styling possibilities. We would love to meet with you, have a Nespresso and find out what we can do to help. It’s not always about having more, sometimes you just need to know how to put it all together.
We are impressed that the AG denim we bring into our boutique is made with recycled water. This means 100% of the water used during the production process is recycled and no water is wasted and dumped back into the sewer system or ocean. It’s so cool they are making this decision to address environmental issues.
THE WORD ON SLOW FASHION – HOW TO GET MORE FROM FASHION?
Seasons come and go so quickly. In Alberta our seasons can be cooler or warmer then usual. There are a few fool-proof ways to extend your wardrobe. For instance you can layer sweaters, tights, and scarves to extend what you already own. This also allows you to buy better quality fabrics and pieces that you can wear for several years. Less is more! We will talk about building a “capsule wardrobe” in our future blog.
THE WORD ON ETHICAL FASHION – HOW DO YOU FIND OUT IF WHAT YOU’RE BUYING IS SOURCED AND MADE ETHICALLY?
We do our best to research and address the ethical treatment, pay and occupational health standards of garment workers. We want to know how making this garment has affected the workers and the community it’s made in. Building strong relationships with designers, manufacturers, and buyers is important and helps us make informed decisions.
The beautiful Bano eeMee leather clothing we bring into Ginger Laurier is a perfect example of how fashion can be ethically produced.
Bano eeMee is a small socially conscious Canadian business that creates fair-work opportunities. Their leather clothing is made in a small community in Pakistan where designer and founder, Alemm Arif, is from. The sale of a Bano eeMee jacket translates into fair paid work. When one jacket is made two artisans are paid for three days of work.
All leather sourced by Bano eeMee is a by-product of the food industry. Exotic hides and furs are never used in their designs. Bano eeMee uses vegetable based dyes and REACH certified chemicals when tanning and preserving leathers. Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is a European Union regulation that addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and the potential impact on human health and the environment.
Our gorgeous Spring 2019 collections have begun to arrive and we hope to see you soon. We are happy to answer any questions you have about sustainable fashion and to discuss our collection. We want you to always feel confident about what you’re wearing so you can enjoy fashion as much as we do.
“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.” – Mahatma Gandhi