Ethically made clothing refers to clothing that has been designed, produced and distributed so that it causes minimal harm to the people that made it and the environment. It ensures that the benefits of clothes production flow not only to those at the top but all the way through the supply chain so that everyone can share in them while also ensuring that it is produced using techniques that do not add to global heating or habitat destruction.
Ethical clothing is focused on the social impact of how fashion is produced. Consumers are becoming much more aware of practices such as underpaying employees and unsafe working conditions in factories and now want to ensure that they are not supporting an exploitative system when they purchase garments. They are also becoming more aware of how trends such as ‘fast fashion’ are having a deleterious impact on the environment as clothes are increasingly worn only once (or less) and discarded.