Attend a backyard party in New Jerz, my homeland
shirt/locally screened, sweatshop shirt, 8? years old
skirt/vintage via vintage booth
tote/first Renegade Craft Fair -2003!, probably screened sweatshop
So, what's ethical about this outfit?
1) It's all vegan
2) A lot of it is old! Longevity (and laundering) are important components in sustainable fashion
3) The skirt is "re-use" since it was previously owned
4) The sandals were repaired vs thrown away, to the great confusion of my cobbler, who told me, "You have an excuse to go shopping! It'll cost you almost as much to repair these as a new pair!" I could only get around this by telling him I looove this pair and I don't want a new pair until they're dead, okay? The sandals were re-soled in 2010 after I swore I "wore the crap out of them" in 2009. And yet, they're still here. It's 2013.
What's not so ethical? The shirt and tote bag. I used to buy screen-printed stuff thinking it was "local" without checking where the mass manufactured item was made. The good news is that at least I hung onto it so it's been used and not discarded. But if I were buying these items now, I'd make sure to check where the heck the product was made before someone stuck a "local" screen-print on it!