When a cause becomes a trend, everyone will hop on board... but not really. They'll buy the book, watch the documentary, post a facebook status or two, and then go back to silence.
We saw it with #bringbackourgirls - when the whole world cared for about 2 months and then all went quiet without any movement toward actual solutions.
We see it with the anti trafficking movement- where facebook profile photos are changed to hands with red X's once a year but no long-term, systemic changes are made by the same awareness groups that clamor for attention.
And we see it with the ethical fashion movement. "Ethical is the new black" is the rallying cry for hundreds who will watch the True Cost, buy a fair trade bracelet and a USA made top... and then head right back to H&M.
And I have no eloquent words about this phenomenon. Quite frankly, it makes me upset. Ethical fashion is not a trend, it's not a statement... it's the right thing to do, period.
To me, ethical fashion means constantly learning better, then doing better. It means that my standards for the clothing I purchase will become higher with each passing year. It means a lifestyle, it means long-term commitment.
The quote captured on the tee I'm wearing in this post was penned by Amanda Busher, founder of New Left, and It's a sentiment I believe in with all my heart.
Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.