Slow Fashion and Natural Beauty Products
Quality Fibers vs. Plastic Cloth
The slow fashion movement is about buying clothing made out of quality fabrics that will last a long time. Clothing that lasts a long time is great if you hate shopping for clothing. More is involved with the slow fashion movement than taste and preference, however. It is a counter-movement to the fast fashion industry that produces clothing that is made of plastic and falls apart soon after purchase. The natural fibers in slow fashion last many years.
Slow Fashion and the Environment
Slow fashion is also better for the environment. Clothing should not be disposable. Cheap cloth made of plastic slowly disintegrates in the wash, and small plastic pieces get into our water. Those pieces poison fish and other water life. Aside from that, there are tons of discarded clothing sent to trash dumps in third world places. Cheap clothing made of plastic is just pollution.
Economics of Slow Fashion
The makers of slow fashion clothing get paid a living wage. Strausstown, PA is a small town in central Pennsylvania that had a shirt factory for decades. That factory shut down and the work went overseas. The tradeoff is cheap products are made overseas with cheap labor. As has been seen in the last few months, relying on shipping from overseas leads to product shortages.
Natural Beauty Products
Poison in Our Beauty Products
Popular beauty products contain ingredients like coal ash and other additives that you may not want on your skin. More than that, these ingredients wash into the water supply and are consumed by people and animals.
Higher Quality in Natural Beauty Products
Commercial soaps are harsher to the skin because the glycerin, a byproduct of making soap, is taken out of the soap bar and put into lotion. The goal of doing this is to sell you soap and lotion, making more money for the company.
Slow Fashion and Natural Soaps
Natural soaps and the slow fashion movement have a lot in common: concern for quality, the environment and U.S. manufacturing.