We believe that fashion should not come at a cost to people, animals, and the planet. Our goal is to promote slow fashion, the counter culture to fast fashion.
Fast fashion is in the name - it’s fast! The production of fast fashion involves making clothing as quickly and as cheaply as possible. Though garments produced via fast fashion methods may come at a lower price point to the consumer, they ultimately come at a high cost to the planet and those employed to create garments. Fast fashion is a major contributor to pollution, waste, landfills, and human and animal rights abuses. In addition, because the garments are cheaply made, they are not designed to last for multiple seasons. Fast fashion garments are known to fall apart, sometimes even after wearing only once.
Slow fashion challenges customers to be more mindful in making their purchases. While it may be tempting to buy a trendy blouse for under $20, the slow fashion practitioner has the foresight to understand that it will be out of style within a few months and was likely produced using methods that are harmful to the planet. Slow fashion practitioners instead seek out timeless, simple, and highly durable clothing made to last for years or possibly decades.
The slow fashion practitioner cares about the treatment of those making their clothing. The slow fashion practitioner will select clothing made by brands with transparent business ethics. They support brands that pay workers fair wages and do not subject workers to unhealthy or hazardous working conditions. When workers are treated in this manner, the natural consequence means the price to the customer will increase. A slow fashion practitioner understands that spending more capital with companies that treat workers with dignity, respect, and fair compensation can over time lead to slight decreases in the cost for everyone beyond simply a financial standpoint.
Slow fashion practitioners also care immensely about environmental sustainability. They seek out clothing made from recycled or upcycled fabrics, fabrics made from materials without harmful chemicals or pesticides, and from materials that require minimal water. Clothing in Temple of Offering is made from materials such as organic cotton, hemp, and linen. In addition, the slow fashion practitioner supports companies that take active steps to lower carbon emissions in their manufacturing processes.
In order to practice slow fashion, you commit to the following principles:
- take good care of your clothing - make it last!
- buy second-hand clothing first and the most
- swap out wardrobe items with friends, family, or neighbors
- repair, redesign, or upcycle clothing on your own or by reaching out for the help of a local tailor or seamstress
- shop less and purchase only the clothing you 100% love - think investment pieces that are timeless. Purchase items from companies committed to producing high quality clothing using sustainable and ethical means.
When you buy clothing from Temple of Offering, know that our team has done the research and/or formed personal relationships with companies and makers. We have worked to ensure that every item you buy from us is produced ethically and sustainably.
If you are looking to learn more about slow fashion, consider checking out goodonyou.eco, using the Good on You app, or stopping by the store to chat with us personally about the brands we carry.
About the blog post author: Kristi is currently serving as the book curator and co-manager at Temple of Offering. Kristi stepped into this role following five years of working as a therapist for children and adolescents with histories of trauma. Kristi is passionate about mental health advocacy, community development, public education, environmentalism, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and decolonization. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies. She served as an AmeriCorps member for two years at a non-profit in Oklahoma before attending graduate school at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Kristi has her Masters in Community Counseling. She has served as an adjunct professor of psychology at Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio and currently conducts Trust Based Relational Intervention (a trauma-informed mode of mental health care) trainings at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in San Antonio. Kristi works to use her background, experiences, and interests to provide an alternative shopping experience for customers and community partners.