Neutral capsule wardrobe hanging on a clothing rack. Also a weaved purse, with shoes and dried grain in a matte white vase.

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Sadly, in our world, conscious consumerism is really hard. You have to go out of your way to research and find products to buy, instead of just running to the local shopping center real quick. To add to the difficulty, many companies have caught on to our desire of wanting more ethically and sustainably made products and therefore have started greenwashing, or misleading us with false advertising.

Besides being difficult, conscious consumerism can also be quite confusing. For instance, all the new terms you must learn. When I first started looking into the anti-fast-fashion world, I was overwhelmed with all the new lingo I was seeing!

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What is the difference between ethical, slow, and sustainable fashion?

Especially confusing were the terms: ethical, slow, and sustainable fashion. Because many people use these words interchangeably. Which makes the conscious consumerism jargon even more complex and somewhat subjective. But after looking into the terms more, I do not think that they all have the same meaning. And that it is necessary to know the difference.

I believe it is important for us to understand these three words (ethical, slow and sustainable) and how they pertain to the conscious fashion movement. So we can truly make the best decision before we buy.

While researching the differences in the terms for myself, I came across the blog The Curious Button. I think Elena has a great pared down a summary of each of these terms.

  • Ethical Fashion – concerns human rights.
  • Slow Fashion – concerns the clothing piece itself.
  • Sustainable Fashion – concerns the environment.

You can check out Elena’s original blog post here.

Knowing and understanding these terms is a crucial step in becoming a conscious consumer. It is also important to note that just because something is an ethically made product it does not necessarily mean it is a sustainable product, or vice versa. They are not dependent on one another.

So as you read through my blog posts, know that the above definitions are the interpretations that I am and will continue to use.

Were you confused with all the new lingo when you started looking into conscious consumerism? Comment below and let me know!