Do you remember that study that came out last year on ethical fashion? It basically concluded that people A) have no interest in learning whether child labor was involved in the making of their jeans, and B) look down upon those who do. (It also said that those who care are less fashionable, which might, overall, be true, but I like to think many of us are debunking that claim.)
I shrugged it off at the time—wow! so surprising that people don’t want to know how their actions affect others!—but when I happened upon some click bait recap of this study I hadn’t seen before, I started to really wonder… Are the people in my own life rolling their eyes? And, does it matter if they do? Should I become more open about my conscious living journey, or should I quiet down?
We as a society like to pile our own insecurities onto others. So if someone is constantly reminding you—say, by posting links on Facebook to your conscious living blog—that you might be doing something bad by supporting fast fashion, it’s natural to feel a little put off. It’s not unimaginable that even if it’s not all preachy, even if it’s just a few facts about ethical fashion or tips for greener living, there might be an adverse reaction. Truth is, the majority of people you know separate ethics from fashion, ethics from consumption, and ethics from the environment. But, then: