fast fashion vs slow fashion

Fast Fashion vs Slow Fashion

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When the “Fast-Everything” emerged

At the beginning of the 21st century a new phenomena influenced the way we consume, the way we eat and the way we dress… The rise of FAST

And just around the 1980s and 1990s “Fast Fashion” became a new production strategy for the fashion scene that soon showed its unsustainable ways.

The rise of FAST FASHION

Fast Fashion means an unsustainable practice of producing and purchasing clothing as if it was disposable. More especifically it refers to cheap, trendy, unfair but popular clothing chains which rapidly change their inventory and styles. The fast pace of product changing causes big problems for the textile industry and the environment.

Cheaply made products are the cause for a whole lot more than just simply saving the buyer some money.

Cheap clothing means cheap and potentially unethical labor, cheap production, synthetic materials, toxic dyes and chemicals, an increase in pesticide use, an increase in pollution, low product lifetime, and an increasing trend towards the “throw-away culture.”

It would be great if consumers should were aware of all this negative impact by the time they are buying cheap clothes. But, of course, not everyone is a specialist in and has all the knowledge and insights…

So, to make it a little easier to understand we can use a simple comparison:

We could say that the Fast Fashion Industry is very similar and as unhealthy as Fast Food:

  • cheap
  • unhealthy
  • poor quality
  • addictive to many people

 

No wonder! When we take into consideration that the prices of some clothes are so cheap that buying them is as easy as getting a burger and chips. And just as with Fast Food this makes the consumer always go back for more….and more…and more.

In short, like cheap Fast Food, the Fast Fashion Industry seems to be made out of rubbish.

And in the same way that Fast Food is unhealthy for your body, Fast Fashion is unhealthy for the planet.

Now the GOOD NEWS:

It doesn’t have to be like that. We can do things differently and many people have already started. 

Instead of going fast they decided to go SLOW – and SLOW FASHION was born!

If we want to return to our previous comparison we could say that SLOW Fashion is like Slow Food; the healthy, tasty and delicious range of local home made food. The one we all love 😉

The need of Slow

Changing into a more sustainable and ‘slow’ way of producing became a necessity and

lead to the foundation of the slow food movement (Peverelli, 2015).

The Fashion scene followed almost twenty years later, in 2000 the first slow reactions of society and fashion labels arose – still unable to compete with the system in reign though. It was even waiting for 2007 to name itself Slow Fashion (Fletcher, 2007).

The term SLOW is of course a direct reaction to the FAST movement. But not particularly focusing on the aspect of speed , it’s focussing more on a form of consciousness, awareness and a sense of respect for materials and people.

ETHICAL, FAIR, and ORGANIC are words that mark the difference.

Slow Fashion represents all steps unified to produce or buy clothes. Slow fashion is focused on ethical consumerism. Simply put, it is about knowing who made the clothes you’re buying and whether or not the manufacturer is responsible and accountable in all the steps involved in the process. Slow fashion clothes may be small on trend but big in quality. They are made with high quality materials and are from reputable sources.

As someone who wants to continue wearing quality clothes despite the changes in finance, Slow Fashion is definitely a good option. You will get better quality clothing while knowing that the manufacturers who made your clothes have made a commitment to be socially and environmentally ethical.

With the help of Slow Fashion it’s possible to be a fashionable forward thinking person, to radiate effortless style and gently tread on earth all at the same time.

While there is still a lot of room for improvement in the Slow Fashion Industry, rising consumer awareness can start to mark the difference and encourage changing from Fast Fashion to Slow Fashion.

So, to make an ethical fashion choice is a MUST nowadays.

FACT is that FAST FASHION is unsustainable and will not last for much longer.

There are no two ways about it.

Now it’s up to you. Will you go SLOW with us and lead by example?

 

BAST NEWS // MARIDALOR

EXCITING BAST NEWS

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Happy Sunday evening Sweet Treasures! We are all excited and have some really great BAST NEWS to share with you:

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  • FIRST BIG BAST NEWS: we’re very very proud to say that we just got featured on one of our favourite BLOGS in Germany.  www.maridalor.com

She fell in love with one of our new styles and took the time to create a gorgeous look . But please go and have a look for yourselves 🙂

http://www.maridalor.com/2016/11/outfit-be-sweet-treasure.html

Et Voilà, here you go! We’ll leave you some of her images. Don’t you also think she’s absolutely stunning?

We’re so glad and because of that we wanted to share some of the JOY we feel and created a little surprise for all of you as well. So go and hurry to read her POST to find out all about it 😉

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  • SECOND BIG BAST NEWS: !! Listen up if you’re going to be in LONDON next Weekend !!

We have the pleasure to announce that we’ll be holding a special X-MAS SALE @CAMDEN MARKET. Please do come and say HI – we would love to meet you! We will also sell many samples from previous collections and unproduced designs at extremely affordable prices 😉 So stop by to find yourself your very own organic treasure. We will have lots of cool unique organic and fair trade styles for you – ready to be discovered. We’ll be there on Saturday and Sunday 3rd +4th of December 2016. We’ll keep you posted on Facebook and Instagram on how to get there and where to find us.

 

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Why are you still washing your clothes in warm water?

We are launching in 2 days and it s very important for us to let you know our values as a brand and talk about how to help save the environment. There are plenty of little steps that people can make at home to reduce the environmental impact. And yes, of course – this also includes to reconsider whether it is necessary to wash you clothes in warm water.

While the eco-footprint of each step is small, thousands of people doing the same thing can make a difference. So this time let’s talk about why it’s better to use cold water for the washer instead of hot water.

The importance of water temperature or why not to use warm water

Minimizing environmental impact by using better laundry methods is affordable for everyone. Doing the Laundry in warm water – a practice which is as costly as it is environmentally unfriendly. What’s more, it doesn’t make our clothes any cleaner. Here’s why you should make the switch to cold water.

Given that we all have to do it, it should come as little surprise to learn that laundry exerts a significant global footprint. Of the total energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions produced by a single load of laundry, approximately 75% of it comes from warming the water itself.

There is also the cost to consider. According to Consumer Reports, doing laundry in cold water will save you upwards of $60 per year (or more if you live in an area with higher-than-average electricity rates), assuming an average of 300 loads per year. That may not sound like much, but it’s significant when considering the pressure placed across the entire electrical grid.

Indeed, cold water is actually good for certain clothes. Lower temperatures protect the dyes, and therefore the colour of clothes, while also helping to preserve the fit of the clothes by preventing shrinkage, particularly along the seams. What’s more, some stains, like blood, should only be washed in cold water. Warm water just makes blood stains set in.

How to use cold water

So aside from some rare instances, there is really no reason for you to keep washing your clothes in warm water. Here you have some practical tips:

You can wash everything in cold water successfully, as long as you follow a few basic rules: Only use liquid detergent, as most powders need warm water to completely dissolve and clean successfully. Use the proper amount of detergent – too little and your wash load will not come clean, and too much will leave a soapy residue behind on your wash.

Final tip

Also, do not overload the washer; be sure to leave space for items to move around in the water

Finally, don’t forget that helping to save the environment isn’t a totally altruistic exercise.

 

Sources: New York Times | Consumer Reports

Big hug for all of you and remember that next Monday our new collection is out. 😉

 

 

 

 

Behind the scenes ….

Hello Sweet Treasures!

Last Sunday we finally had the Photoshooting for our second collection.

It was such a nice moment and we would love to share some of the behind the scenes footage as a sneak preview with you.

We always try to find locations for our Photoshoots that are in line with our philosophy and couldn’t have been more lucky to come across this amazing place: SlowMov

Café SlowMov is a wonderful place in the heart of the Gracia area in Barcelona. It’s famous for the best coffe in … well, we would go so far to say the coffee we tried there is probably the best we drank in our whole life. Next time you’re in Barcelona you should definitely go and visit them to try for yourself 😉 The thing we like the most about it all: they work directly with the suppliers and it’s all organic. So you know exactly where your coffe comes from and how it was produced.

(SlowMov, Carrer de Luis Antúnez 18, Barcelona; http://www.slowmov.com/)

During our Photoshoot we had lots of fun and we’ll share some photos with you to see what you think about it.

Behind the scenes from our recent Photo Shoot @ Cafe SlowMov in Barcelona

 

We also would like to say a big thanks to our beautiful models Teresa, Gemma and Aida!

Aren’t they already drop dead gorgeous behind the scenes?!

Our wonderful models

 

So be sure to stay tuned for more pictures!

We’ll be launching the new collection soon and can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

WORLD FAIRTRADE DAY 2016

World Fairtrade Day, a day to reflect on how we purchase our goods and maybe re-think our habbits.

A big problem with this can be a lack of information and knowledge. Sometimes it’s hard to know everything.

Do you know what fair trade actually stands for?

What does it mean in reference to the Fashion Industry?

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World Fairtrade Day 2016

We found this really great explanation by the FAIRTRADE FOUNDATION and would like to share it with you.

Here you can learn all about Fairtrade cotton, the stuff that all our beautiful clothing is made of.

 

“Lots of us care about how we look – and buying clothes made with Fairtrade cotton means we can be a follower of fashion and at the same time help low paid cotton farmers around the world.

Cotton is the world’s oldest commercial crop and one of the most important fibre crops in the global textile industry.

Although world cotton production is dominated by China, India and the US, cotton is vital for the survival of many low income countries in Central and West Asia and Africa – it accounts, in value terms, for 26.4 per cent of Benin’s exports and 58.7 per cent of Burkina Faso’s.

Cotton farmers in developing countries, including leading producers like India and China, live in hardship. As many as 100 million households are directly engaged in cotton production and an estimated 300 million people work in the cotton sector when family labour, farm labour and workers in ancillary services such as transportation, ginning, baling and storage are taken into account. For farmers, the challenges range from the impact of climate change, poor prices for seed cotton, through to competition from highly subsidised producers in rich countries and poor terms of trade. In particular, government subsidies for cotton farmers in rich countries, particularly the US, create a market with artificially low prices that small-scale farmers are unable to compete in.

Fairtrade cotton was launched to put the spotlight on these farmers who are often left invisible, neglected and poor at the end of a long and complex cotton supply chain. Through tools like the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium and stronger, more democratic organisations, Fairtrade has sought to provide these farmers with an alternative route to trade and higher, more stable incomes. The Fairtrade Cotton Briefing provides a detailed overview of the cotton industry and its challenges, and explores why Fairtrade is needed and what it can achieve. ”

You can find more information here: http://bit.ly/227U6eT

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Oh yeah!! Our signature Jumper looking good on mother and daughter!

We just received this wonderful snapshot from Canada and would like to share it and say

 “Happy Mother’s Day” !

Thank you mothers!! You make this world go round and our hearts full of love!

 

mother and daughter

Fashion Revolution Day 2016 – Hello From India

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We would like to take today’s Fashion Revolution Day as an opportunity to share this lovely video with you.

On her recent trip to India Johanna (one of our two founders) took some time to talk to the amazing people who make our clothes.

She wanted to know what makes them tick and see what is important to them, because we care about the people who work for us.

The answers she received are just simply touching! See for yourself !

We are very proud and thankful for all the wonderful people that make our Clothes!

 

 

Thanks to Nikolai Huesch for the video editing!

Happy Earthday 2016!

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Happy Earthday to all our Sweet Treasures !

We would like to share this especially amazing gift from mother earth with you.

Isn’t it gorgeous and also fragile at the same time? Worth protecting?

We absolutely think so! As all the other amazing things nature provides for us are.

And this is why we do things differently, not using toxic chemicals for dyeing our garments for example and only using 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.

Feel free to check out our Code of Conduct to find out more about the way our supply chain works.

 

 

 

5 DAYS TO GO

who made your clothesDo you also wonder what is happening on April 24th? It’s only five days to go.

 

3 years ago, on 24th of April 2013, the factory building Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed. 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured.

Many wonderful people understood that we have to work together to stop history from repeating itself and a movement was born:

Fashion Revolution

Every year on the 24th of April it’s Fashion Revolution Day, a day to remember that you have the right to be curious! You have the right to know where your clothes actually come from. A day to speak up and ask your Brands for more transparency:

#Who made my clothes?

For us at BAST – Be A Sweet Treasure the 24th of April is a special day. It reminds us that we’re not alone with our mission and that things can and have to change in the Fashion Industry.

We will do all that is in our hands to continue being an example of how things can be done better.

Please stay stuned during the coming days to get to know our lovely workers and don’t be shy to ask your Brands & Friends:

 

 

 

Count Down for Fashion Revolution Day

The Fashion Revolution Day is coming in 1 month. Last years engagement during April 2015 Fashion Revolution Day got more than 64 million tweets.

Be part and ask your favorite brand #whomademyclothes?

 

Our factory in India