Yes! You read well. Goshopia will participate in the first Digital Sustainability Week by Sustainable Narrative! 💃💃💃And we are very excited as it is a unique opportunity to showcase our values and our products to all of you in this new digital format that seems to be here to stay.
We really miss doing our catwalks, our shootings, and our events. And it is not due to the adrenaline, it is because we love meeting YOU… our clients, our fans, and all the supporters of the sustainable fashion movement. Getting to know you it is for us the biggest blessing and the highest of honors.
But we need to be responsible, and make sure we keep you, our staff, and everyone else safe. Covid-19 is not a joke. Some of us, know it very well. Forget conspiracy theories. It is real and you don’t want to catch it or worst, to pass it on to someone else that might have any health issue.
Goshopia will showcase on the 22nd of September. That is a Tuesday to add to your agenda!
By now, you must be wondering how to join and be part of the fun. Well, it is very easy, Just email us to [email protected] and say… Yes! I want in! 🧚♀️ and your wish will be our command.
We want to ask you to share the goodness with everyone you know that has an interest in sustainable fashion and what it represents: deep care for the environment, for the people, without compromising on style, and quality.
Because there is no planet B! And we need you on board!
You know we are big fans of linen clothes as it is one of the most sustainable fibers out there. Not only that, it looks gorgeous, classy and elegant. And even more than that, linen is like wine… with age it gets even better! For some reason, there is this idea that linen is difficult to take care of and we want to show you that it is not that difficult at all. Just a little bit of care will go a long way and your linen clothes can last literally a lifetime or as you later will learn a couple thousand years. 🤣
Before we get to the tips on how to take care of your gorgeous linen clothes, we want to invite you to have a look at the impressive selection of linen clothes we have available at Goshopia.com. All of them are pre-shrunk and available in plenty of sizes. Remember we have Free International Delivery!
Now, let’s learn more about this amazing fiber: Linen.
What is linen?
Linen is a woven fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. For nerds out there that like facts like me, flax in ancient Greek was called λινόν (linón), in Latin linum and the scientific name for the plant is Linum usitatissimum. It is one of the oldest, most eco-friendly textiles in the world. Linen in its original color is off-white, but this fiber can take dyes very well.
We see linen today in clothes, and home coverings such as tablecloths, bedsheets, cushions, napkins…that is why the term “linens” are used for these coverings even though they might not be made out of linen specifically.
What is great about linen?
Linen is soft on the skin and it is able to absorb and release moisture really fast. That is why it is great for warm and humid weather or the summer.
Linen fabric breathes well, helping to regulate your body temperature.
It repels dust and dirt.
Super durable fiber, yet gentle on the skin. Imagine if it is durable that in 1881 when they found the tomb of the Pharaoh Ramses II, who died in 1213 BC, the linen wrappings were in perfect condition after more than 3000 years. Same with the curtains of the tomb of Tutankhamen. That is what I called really vintage! 😁
It is not too elastic, which means that it doesn’t stretch much but tends to wrinkle, so we need to take care when folding and storing it.
Flax grows everywhere. It doesn’t require pesticides or harsh chemicals to grow. The plant has other uses besides fashion.
It is smooth and lint-free and it gets softer the more you wash it.
It has high conductivity and doesn’t accumulate static electricity. No funky hair when getting dressed!
Linen can withstand high temperatures and has only moderate initial shrinkage. In any case, all the Goshopia linen clothes are pre-washed so there is no shrinkage.
It might have some small lumps as it is a natural fiber. This texture is part of its beauty.
It is two to three times stronger than cotton and dries at a much faster rate.
The natural fibers also hold dye colors better than some other materials, and thus the fabric is available in almost any imaginable color.
Linen is also naturally anti-bacterial. That is why it was a popular choice for bandages for centuries and a favorite for windows and accessories.
It has inbuilt insect-repellent properties so you shouldn’t need to worry about moths or other similar creatures. It is hypoallergenic, so a great fit if you suffer from allergies.
Comfortable yet, linen clothing has developed a cool and elegant look & feel that allows wearers to make a subtle but eye-catching statement wherever they go.
It is easy to style and matches denim and cotton very well.
Ancient cultures realized that even though the refining process was time-consuming the fibrous stems of the flax were lightweight, durable, moisture-resistant, and could be turned to threads and later be used to weave. Initially, and maybe because of their properties and cost to produce, only royalty or wealthy families wore linen clothes. Archaeologists keep on finding linen from the Neolithic age, Ancient Egypt- where it was sometimes even used as currency- and Phoenicia. Linen has been mentioned even in the Bible as what angels wore (Revelation 15:6). In the Middle Ages, it got more popular especially for clothes in contact with the skin like shirts, chemises, waist-shirts, lingerie, and detachable shirt collars and cuffs. The inner layer of cloth garments as for example dress jackets was traditionally made of linen, hence the word lining.
How is linen produced?
Linen stems had to be collected by hand, remove leaves, roots, and blooms. After that, they were “retted”, leaving them at the river banks for bacteria to eat the exterior part of the stems. After the fibers were the only thing left, they were combed, stiff fibers removed, spun into thread, transferred on spools, and sent to the weavers. It is laborious to process- even in this modern age- hence it is a pricey fiber.
On a curious note
Did you know that linen was used to print banknotes too? Yep! in 1923 in Bielefeld (Germany) printed their bills in linen. Paper made of linen can be very strong and crisp. Oh! And it is not the only one! The United States and many other countries print their currency on a paper mix made from 25% linen and 75% cotton.
How to take care of our linen clothes
Generally, linen is an easy to care fabric. You can machine wash it or dry-clean it. Still, it is best to always check first the manufacturer’s care label and take into account any special instructions before cleaning your linen garment. If your linen clothing is a blend of linen and cotton or rayon, the care instructions may be different. The fabric content of trim or lining can also affect the method of cleaning.
For example, our Lucca or Aurora dresses are a blend of linen and rayon. They are part of the Slow Fashion Philosophy, so only a few units are produced.
If machine wash, use a delicate or short cycle with lukewarm or cold water. You will extend the life of the fabric if you hand-wash your linen clothing in cold water. Steer clear of harsh laundry detergents when washing linen clothes. Better use a mild detergent for delicate fabrics. Always remember to separate your whites and colors—new linen dyes have a tendency to bleed in the wash.
If you decide to hand wash your linen clothes just put them in a clean sink with cool water and mild detergent. Gently agitate, drain the soapy water, rinse the sink and refill with cool water until the water is soap-free.
Also, do not wring linen to remove excess water as the fibers might stretch a bit and you will get extra wrinkles. It is better to roll each item in a towel to remove moisture.
If you have stains, put immediately some water and soap or even dishwasher if it is a greasy one!- to make it easier to remove them later. Normally we should use cold water for linen but if the stain is of wine, the recommendation is to boil the garment to remove the stain. Take into account that hot water might shrink slightly the linen.
When it comes to bleaching, you can use bleach on your white linen garments only. But avoid over bleaching as this can cause yellowing.
You can also take them to the dry cleaner. We recommend you do this with garments that are more structured, like tailored items such as linen jackets or suits. This is not due to the material itself, but due to the way they are constructed and the lining they might have. Check the label first.
Once cleaned, it is better to air-dry your linen garment on a padded hanger or lay flat on a drying rack to avoid wrinkles. Avoid using the clothes dryer. If in a hurry, you may tumble dry on low for five minutes but take them out before the clothes get too dry or you will have a hard time ironing.
When ironing, add a bit of moisture or steam. Set your iron on the linen setting -normally the highest- and iron while the garment is still a bit damp. The heat from the iron will dry the fabric and remove wrinkles. Turn your garment inside out before ironing. Use a press cloth between your iron and the fabric to prevent your linen fabric from taking direct heat. You can use also starch or sizing if you want clothes to keep their shape and be very crisp. You can iron white linen on both sides, but dark linen should be pressed only on the reverse side or you might get some shine. To avoid that you might just use a press cloth.
We better hang our clothes or even roll them. This is better than folding them. When we fold our clothes always through the same area, we might create creases. Then when we are ready to use them, they have the folding lines and that is not cool. With a hot iron, we can remove the creases, you can add steam or a bit of water to soften the crease before applying the iron.
The only thing with linen might be the wrinkles, so these are some handy tips to prevent them from appearing in some garments. Think that it is part of the nature of the textile and it is difficult to avoid them 100%. At the end of the day, we are pretty flexible and linen is not so much. Still, there is a casual & cool vibe to linen clothes.
If you are using a jacket, you might want to remove it while driving or during extended periods of sitting. Maybe you can hang your jacket on a hanger in the car and in your office until you need to wear it again.
With pants, we can not remove and they tend to wrinkle in different areas. Then you can gently lift your pants from the knees as you sit down. This will minimize fabric stretch, sag, and subsequent wrinkles.
If you have a wrinkly situation and no iron close by, wet your hands a bit and using them as makeshift irons rub the wrinkles off stretching them out by pulling the fabric in opposite ways.
We always tell you to wash your clothes when they are really needing it. In the case of linen, most probably they need some airing and some ironing but are not really dirty as yet. Just add some steam or moisture to remove the wrinkles before the next use.
Linen vs Cotton
Linen is just as easy to look after as cotton, but it is way more durable- Remember the mummies!- It gets better with each wash, unlike cotton which can become threadbare as the fibers weakened. Linen uses fewer resources in its production, so it is a more eco-friendly fiber. If you are to choose cotton, try to buy organic cotton instead of conventional cotton. It is better for you, for the environment, and for all the workers in the supply chain, including the farmers. Check this GOTS certified Cotton tops.
Sustainable fashion is a movement that started back in 1962 with the publication of the book Silent Spring by Rachel Louise Carson. She was not a fashion icon but rather a scientist, a marine biologist, and a conservationist. She raised her concerns on how the chemicals and pesticides used in agriculture were affecting the environment. Her writings helped advance the global environmental movement. At that time, it was a more generic approach. But the Rio Earth Summit happened and fashion, textiles and their wasteful ways started to be displayed as “green issues”.
Some took the lead and started working towards a more sustainable fashion industry from different perspectives. These are some of the voices we admire, follow, and read because their words and their actions create change. At least within us.
OUR TOP SUSTAINABLE FASHION VOICES
Sass Brown was the founding Dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation. She is an amazing researcher, writer, and educator. Brown set up herself as a designer with her own signature collection. Ethical fashion is her area of expertise. A pioneer and die-hard fashionista, she has distributed papers and spoken extensively about sustainable fashion, she has filled in as a sustainable designer counselor to women’s cooperatives, educational institutions, etc.. all this, when no one spoke about sustainable or ethical fashion.
She wrote two books that are the Bibles of Sustainable Fashion: Eco Fashion and Refashioned. In Dubai, we miss very much her energy and enthusiasm to shift things and push boundaries. As she came to give shape and launch an iconic educational institution: DiDi.
Simone Cipriani is the founder and Head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative (ETI), which is part of a joint agency of the United Nations and the WTO. In 2013, Simone Cipriani was included in Business of Fashion’s list of 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry.
The Ethical Fashion Initiative goes about as a bridge, connecting underestimated craftsmen with top designers like Stella McCartney or Vivienne Westwood. According to their website,” is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions, and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe. Our vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security, and equity.”
Their mission is to move in the direction of the sustainable development goals and make a huge impact on the networks in which they work. ETI wants to bring pride to the lives of the people who make your garments. Today, through his work at the Ethical Fashion Initiative, Simone Cipriani has turned into a key representative at the front line of the worldwide development for ethical supply chains in the fashion industry.
Safia Minney is a social entrepreneur and author. You might remember her from The True Cost. This inspiring lady is the founder of People Tree, much more than just a gorgeous fashion brand. Fair trade, fair wages, good working conditions, transparency, environmental best practices, gender equality… All this is at the very core of People Tree and that is why it sets a standard for conventional fashion companies wanting to improve their supply chains.
Additionally, Safia is a keynote speaker, a consultant on everything sustainable, and a campaigner on fair trade and ethical fashion. She initiated World Fair Trade Day in 1999. She also wrote and co-authored a couple of books. Naked Fashion, The Sustainable Fashion Revolution, Slow Fashion, Aesthetics meets Ethics and Slave to Fashion.
Livia Firth is the founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age, a consultancy that empowers organizations to accomplish development by adding value through sustainability. She is also the organizer of the Green Carpet Challenge. Don´t know what is that? You might have seen celebrities wearing beautiful pieces that were sustainable. Yep! Caring is not at odds with being stylish. We need to break the stereotype that sustainable fashion is not “fashionable”. Is it familiar? Pretty much as what we intend to do with Goshopia with our 4th S. From her position, she helps raise awareness and funding to important causes. For example, she founded together with Annie Lennox The Circle. An organization where women support women and we fight together for our rights and our growth. She also produced The True Cost. One movie we will never stop recommending.
She is also Oxfam Global Ambassador, UN Leader of Change, awarded the Rainforest Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability and the Honorary Award of the National German Sustainability Foundation. Now we can read her articles in Vogue Arabia as she is Sustainability Editor at large. Yey!
Elizabeth L. Cline
Elizabeth L. Cline is a New York-based author, writer, and expert on consumer culture, fast fashion, sustainability and work rights. She runs an effective online clothing resale business on eBay and Poshmark. She has widely examined the clothing waste stream in both New York City and Nairobi, Kenya. Her first book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion uncovered the effects of fast fashion on nature, economy, and society. It was really eye-opening! In her second book The Conscious Closet: A Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good Cline talks about new research on fashion’s effects and demonstrates how we can use our ordinary fashion decisions to change the clothing business and improve the world. Inspiring and powerful!
Javier Goyeneche is the founder of ECOALF, launched in 2013. The Spanish fashion brand turns disposed fishing nets, plastic bottles, and coffee into garments. This company has developed consistently and now delivers a collection of outerwear, swimwear, casual clothing, shoes, and accessories. They have created more than 98 diverse reused fabrics which are exactly the same to touch as a typical fabric. They fundamentally need 70 bottles to make 1 meter of fabric and 80 bottles to create one jacket. To expand the production and brand image Ecoalf has made coordinated efforts with organizations like Apple, Swatch, and other brands.
Marci Zaroff first the first person who coined and trademarked “Eco fashion” in 1995. She is the founder of the sustainable lifestyle brand Under the Canopy and now Metawear. Her brands deal with women’s clothing, men’s wear, children, home, and accessories. Her mission is to change the fashion business through education, motivation, coordinated effort, and innovation. She wrote a book called “Eco-Renaissance,” which is about co-creating a stylish and sustainable world. This powerhouse also produced Thread and the short film “Driving Fashion Forward with Amber Valletta”.
Marie Claire Daveu
Marie-Claire Daveu is Kering’s chief sustainability official and head of global institutional affairs from 2012. In case the name is not familiar, Kering is a luxury group that holds brands like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton… It translates to LUXURY in big caps. And there, she is in charge of the advancement of Kering’s sustainable strategy and the direction of the Group’s institutional issues. Luxury had constantly started the trends that stream down through the rest of the fashion universe. Marie Claire Daveu hopes that these efforts get seen, appreciated, and replicated not only in our industry but everywhere else. Her initiatives cover also education such as the course Kering is doing together with the Center of Sustainable Fashion and that you can join free.
But let me tell you more about this amazing lady. She has served many Ministers and Councils in France and knows very well the ins and outs of sustainability as her first degree was about Rural Engineering, Water and Forests. She has a deep understanding of the origins of the materials and how to take care of our ecosystems no matter the industry.
Lucy Siegle is an author, journalist, and presenter based in London. From The Observer, Thr Guardian to the BBC´s The One Show she has been sharing her passion for sustainable living and social justice. She has authored and co-authored four books: Green Living in the Urban Jungle (2001), A Good Life (Guardian books, contributing author), To Die For: is fashion wearing out the world? (2011) and Turning the tide on plastic (2018). Together with Livia Firth, she is also one of the executive producers of The True Cost and organizer of the Green Carpet Challenge.
Eva Kruse is the president and CEO of Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) and the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. GFA is the leading authority for industry coordinated effort on sustainability in design. Its central goal is to make sustainability in vogue, guide, and support industry pioneers in changing the manner in which they produce, market, and distribute fashion. Kruse has worked ambitiously to push this motivation globally. She was also part of the media, as editor-in-chief of Eurowoman and as a TV presenter on the Danish broadcasting networks TV2 and TV3.
In 2013, Kruse gave a TEDx Talk on the topic “Changing the world through fashion” in which she advocated all of us, that not only companies and politicians, should be at the forefront of sustainability efforts. It is very inspiring! Check it out here.
Andrew Morgan is a universally recognized award-winning movie director and producer focused on sharing stories for a better tomorrow. With The True Cost, he was awarded a Sustainability in Film Award. This docu movie that we love so much talks about aspects of the clothing industry from production to its after-effects. Water and soil contamination, pesticide pollution, disease, poverty, and death. The True Cost uncovered the global fashion industry’s dark side. Morgan was attracted to these themes. So, he began the undertaking and made a trip to thirteen nations to gather information and conduct interviews. The results are Wow!
Vincent Vittorio is one of the Co-Executive Producers of The True Cost. He is also the founder of Life Is My Movie Entertainment. It is a documentary studio creating, delivering, obtaining, and circulating captivating non-fictional films. He and his group trust in the positive impact a movie can have on society and we couldn’t agree more with them. Check his latest movie called The New Breed about social entrepreneurs and conscious capitalism.
Amy Ann Cadwell
Amy Ann Cadwell is CEO and Co-Founder of The Good Trade, a digital media and lifestyle brand covering sustainable fashion, wellbeing, money, and lifestyle. She wanted to create and utilized that enthusiasm for her passion for sustainable development. The True Cost showed her the dull underbelly of fast fashion, and it indicted her to use her graduate work in the direction of solving labor issues and advancing sustainability in the fashion business.
Of course, within this list of sustainable fashion voices, we had to include the founders of Fashion Revolution and Remake. Two organizations that we are active in and we feel deeply grateful for. They helped us open our eyes to the ugly truth of fast fashion and make us feel part of a community of people believing that fashion can be a force for good.
The lovely founder of Remake, of which we are proud ambassadors, is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. She has been promoting social justice and sustainability within the fashion industry for over a decade already. And decided to start Remake to ignite a conscious consumer movement. Ayesha is passionate about where things come from, who made them, and what their lives are like. She has worked with brands, governments, and labor advocates to improve the lives of the women who make our clothes. As ambassadors of Remake, we have done some gorgeous events and will continue doing more when life goes back to a new normal.
Orsola de Castro
Orsola de Castro is an internationally recognized opinion leader in sustainable fashion. Her career started as a designer with the pioneering upcycling label From Somewhere, which she launched in 1997 until 2014.
Her designer collaborations include collections for Jigsaw, Tesco, Speedo, and 4 best selling capsule collections for Topshop from 2012 to 2014. In 2006, she co-founded the British Fashion Council initiative Estethica at London Fashion Week, which she curated until 2014.
In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution, a global campaign with participation in over 100 countries around the world. Orsola is a regular keynote speaker and mentor, Associate Lecturer at UAL, as well as Central Saint Martins Visiting Fellow.
Carry Somers was inspired to act after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 and founded Fashion Revolution. For the previous 20 years, Carry’s fashion brand Pachacuti- gorgeous Panama hats!- had pioneered radical supply chain transparency, mapping the GPS coordinates of each stage of the production process, from the community plantations where the straw grows, through to each Panama hat weaver’s house. Championing the traditions, quality, and craftsmanship of the Andes, her collections were at the most important fashion weeks and sold in some of the world’s most luxurious stores. Carry has contributed to several books and publications, won numerous awards for her work, and met the Queen in recognition of her significant contribution to British business.
She had to be part of our list of favorite Sustainable Fashion Voices. Clare is the host and founder of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast in 2017, a podcast we love and follow. A Sydney-based, British journalist, author, and activist. In 2018, she became the first-ever VOGUE Sustainability Editor – a pioneering role in international media.
Clare is a Global Ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative and is part of the Fashion Roundtable team in the UK. She has been a member of the Australian advisory board of Fashion Revolution since 2014. She sits on Copenhagen Fashion Week’s Sustainability Advisory Board and is one of Global Fashion Agenda’s Content Experts. In 2019, she was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and won the Green Globe Sustainability Champion Award.
Founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign and working together with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. She puts together events that drive impact to important causes. In her own words “we are facing important global challenges, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. We know the fashion industry heavily impacts on most, if not all of these challenges. So, the potential for change when you engage the fashion industry is exponential. If we work together to shape the future of fashion, we will create dynamic impact, innovative lasting change, and deliver on our core mission to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality and make the next decade the most impactful yet.”
She started interning with People Tree in London. From that point on, she knew the only world she wanted to live in was one where she could embrace her style without sacrificing her values. We feel you Kestrel! This is why we started Goshopia too!
Kestrel is a storyteller & conscious style maven who believes fashion + ethics can jive, and maybe even thrive together. For over a decade, she’s been enthralled with asking questions about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who made them. Her podcast Conscious Chatter is fantastic!
Dr. Christina Dean is the Founder and CEO of Redress, an NGO with a mission to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. Christina is a regular speaker at seminars. She was listed by U.S. online magazine Coco Eco as one of ‘2010s Most Influential Women in Green’ and by U.K. Vogue as one of the U.K.’s ‘Top 30 Inspirational Women’. Prior to founding Redress, Christina was a journalist and a practicing dental surgeon.
I am sure we are forgetting someone because we love the topic and we get information from all over the place. So, no worries because we will keep on updating the list. If you want to nominate someone to be part of the list, just send us an email here.
You know we deeply care about sustainable fashion. We are also a pretty visual generation- that is what Google says! So, we have put together a list of more than 20 amazing documentaries and films about sustainable fashion that will help you understand its importance and hopefully embrace it. There is a myriad of ways we can help. You can buy second-hand clothes, you can rent dresses for special occasions, you can buy sustainable clothes such as ours at Goshopia.
Now with all of us quarantined due to Covid-19, we feel there is no better time to share this list. Get yourself some popcorn and get ready to see the ins and outs of our industry. To change something, we need first to understand it.
Out of these sustainable fashion movies, you will see the different dimensions the fashion industry impacts… we can safely speak of 4 dimensions: Economic, Social, Cultural and of course, Environmental. If you want to see many of these movies we have them added to our Understanding Sustainable Fashion Playlist on Youtube. It is about 50 movies and documentaries in the playlist. To access it, just follow us and look for that playlist or check the playlist below.
Truth be told, the fashion industry is not all glamorous. There is a lot of people and work behind each garment. The True Cost dives into the concept and consequences of fast-fashion. Director Andrew Morgan’s inspiration comes from the unfortunate building collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. The incident killed over a thousand workers who were working under extremely dangerous conditions. Furthermore, the documentary compiles interviews from a list of environmentalists, workers, and factory owners, etc. It allowed us to see and understand what is behind all those cheap-priced clothes and the importance to promote sustainable fashion and fair trade.
Filmed in different countries, it showed the connection between the coolest runways and the most terrible slums. The documentary shares the views of the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Lucy Siegle, and Vandana Shiva. We loved the journey around the world to see first hand the lives of people and places behind our clothes. For us, it is THE movie about sustainable fashion that you can not miss.
The award-winning film RiverBlue is a river journey following an international river conservationist Mark Angelo. It talks about how he uncovered the heights of fashion pollution in the world. RiverBlue focuses on how severe chemical processes and incautious disposal of toxic waste during the production of the classic blue jeans has contributed to the destruction of some significant rivers around the world. This film, in addition, raised public awareness greatly about why sustainable fashion has to be adopted to protect the planet.
Alex James: Slowing down Fast fashion
Alex James who presents this documentary is an English musician- remember Blur?-, songwriter, journalist, and cheesemaker. The film takes a deeper look into the repercussions of fast fashion and exploring ways to really slow it down. It talks about the unwelcome effects of cheap and substandard garments on humans and the environment. It draws attention to workers toiling in sweatshops, irresponsible cloth disposal and heightened pollution. A great film to watch and understand the need for a more sustainable fashion.
It is a documentary film following the life of a teenager laboring in a clothing factory producing blue jeans (in China), under extremely undesirable working conditions. It talks about unfair wages paid to the employees for hours of hard work and elbow grease. China Blue draws attention to sweatshop conditions and the unethical practices that take place in the garment construction industry like how the workers’ pay is cut short for the profit of the company. This film specifically provides a great insight into the happenings in the production place. It was made without permission from the Chinese Government in 2005. It is an ugly truth so many want to keep covered.
A pretty recent documentary from the Deutsche Welle (Nov 2019) shows the insides of the luxury fashion. NOt all the Made in Italy is as great. We have a lot of work to do- also in luxury!
The Next Black: A Film About The Future of Clothing
The Next Black is a documentary film that delves into the future of clothing. It shows the innovativeness of several companies finding solutions to the environmental consequences that the fashion industry creates. The film tackles aspects like clothes consumption patterns, smart clothing and organic, traditional and sustainable methods adapted by the clothing industry to reduce environmental impacts. The Next Black will help you understand and redefine what you want to wear.
Clothes to Die For
Clothes to Die For is a BBC documentary about the infamous Rana Plaza incident. The film moreover revolves around the collapse of the eight storied building. The tragedy left about 2400 people injured and killed over 1100. It was accounted as one of the worst industrial disasters to have ever happened. It talks about the rampant corruption, greedy practices and the little to no care given for the employees. The end gives us a bit of hope. We were happy to see the new factory of some of the Rana Plaza survivors. A cooperative that makes sure the workers are in proper working conditions and shares the profits with them.
The Machinist or Udita (Arise)
The Machinist is a British documentary film that focuses on the personal stories of three female workers of the garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The film further shows scenes from their everyday lives drawing lights to their struggles to fight the unfair practices and illegally low wages. The film best highlights the objectionable human cost of high street fashion. Food for thought and how we could make the workers’ lives a little better.
Well, recycling is also part of being sustainable and this movie reflects how that happens in the Nort of India. Would you think that the clothes produced in South East Asia, sent to Western Countries may come back again to be recycled and turned back into yarn? Well, that is the history behind Reshma at Panipat. The girls at the recycling facility imagine how are the countries and the people those clothes are coming from.
CBC Television journalist, Mark Kelley, and Sujeet Sennik, a former design director for Walmart, investigated the factories that failed safety audits but were still contracted to make clothes for fast-fashion brands. They visited the place where once was Rana Plaza one year after. Super recommended!
A huge problem is actually our consumer habits. We tend to over consume and as we need space for new things, we keep on discarding items. The minimalists showed how they changed their ways and that is possible to live on fewer items. I love the idea, but we need more female minimalists. Guys tend to be more minimalist in my opinion. Watch it on Netflix.
Not a sustainable fashion movie per se, but a reality show. They took some Norwegian shopaholics to Cambodia to see how their clothes were produced. It is a good way to make see, right? This is the shortened version of the show.
This cute shy Japanese lady made us review and observe our closets – and our whole house for that matter- with different eyes. I love the philosophy behind “Buy only what sparks Joy” and “Care for what you own”. There is not only order behind the teachings of this series. Besides, I just love watching everyone else´s mess!
Araceli Gallego, our Founder, is also a proud ambassador of Remake. This organization supports sustainable fashion and women empowerment throughout the fashion industry. They did a documentary showing the reality of the maquilas (or factories) in Mexico. Have a look at it here.
This documentary explores cotton production and how is impacting the life of farmers and the ecosystem. Check the trailer here.
As our motto goes… Another fashion is possible and the time is now! Laura makes it possible and you can too!
In this documentary, we learn about the critical situation the farmers in India are going through. Many are taking their lives. What is causing them to go to these extremes? You will be surprised… or maybe not. It is about time the supply chain includes them too.
Not focused on the fashion industry but an amazing movie to reconsider how we can transition to a greener economy and a better future for our children. Very inspiring, especially now with Coronavirus giving us the chance to sit, and think about what do we want to see in our 2040.
Produced and hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio this documentary talks about climate change in general. It is not specific to fashion but we need to understand that fashion is one of the most pollutant industries in the world. So, hello? There is so much we can do! Check it out in this link.
As fashion and beauty go so much hand in hand, we have added this movie to our list. Released in 2019 and directed by Phyllis Ellis, this is another controversial documentary revealing the back of the house of the cosmetic industry, the lack of regulation and some eye-opening research. Toxic chemicals on cosmetology can bring ovarian cancer, hormone-related issues, breast cancer, infertility… Did you know that they found asbestos in baby powder? Wow! A must watch although be ready for emotional and a bit of fear-mongering.
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We know how overwhelming and confusing it can be certain terminology. In sustainability, we have also our own slang and sometimes it needs a bit of explanation. That is the reason why we have put together this glossary or minidictionary about sustainable fashion terms. If you are missing any word, send us an email and with pleasure, we will add it to the list. Continue reading GLOSSARY OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION TERMS
February is one of our favorite months at GOSHOPIA. You can feel the love in the air! Tradition has changed over the years but we love, never better said, the essence of the 14th of February: the expression of LOVE and CARE. And because we know how difficult sometimes is to find the perfect gift, we have created a list with some ideas. As we are very original, we have called it the Valentine´s Eco Gifting guide. 😂
Let´s be honest, although we know we should not limit the demonstration of this powerful feeling ❤ to only one day a year, it is amazing the way millions of hearts, chocolates and red roses everywhere make us feel. It is a reminder that tells us: yes, it is a chaotic world and yes, we still have lots of challenges, but there is a huge room for Love and Hope. And mind you, this is a celebration of love, not only romantic love. In many countries, Valentine´s day is “el día del amor y la amistad” and friendship and no only love is celebrated. Isn´t it a cool idea? We are all for it!
BE AN AMAZING VALENTINEWITH OUR ECO GIFTING GUIDE
The tradition has changed over the years, from Romans´ wild parties to honor fertility to modern romance and consumption. We want to give it another twist. What do you think about an eco and sustainable 14th of February; a Valentine GOSHOPIA style? Knowing that every item you buy is unique, that it has a story behind, and that you are supporting designers that believe in a better and more sustainable way of doing fashion.
The listed gifts below follow GOSHOPIA´s three S´s: Slow, Sustainable or Socially Responsible fashion. These days more than ever, the way we buy should reflect our love and respect for our planet and the people on it.
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR HER
Either you want your love partner to give you a beautiful red or pink dress for San Valentine´s Day or you buy it yourself because you know that you deserve it, check out Stone Grey timeless collection.
If you love dresses and it is important for you to feel comfortable while looking stylish, without a doubt Essa Walla collection is the best choice for you. Visit Goshopia´s Dresses and Coats sections, where you will find a huge variety of colors, designs, and styles for every occasion. Thanks to its cut, these dresses and coats fit any body shape.
MyKaftan is one of our main Modest Fashion brands, due to its tailoring and elegant designs. What we love about the kaftans is that they can match with every outfit, making you look more sophisticated.
At the end of February, we can start thinking about the arrival of spring. Goodbye coats, hello tops! The colorful blouses collection of Vino Supraja, Castaño de Indias, and Stone Grey are a manifestation of joy and the best thing is that you can combine with your favorites jeans, pants or skirts, that, of course, you can also buy at GOSHOPIA 🙂
ECO ACCESSORIES FOR HER
Often, great things come in small packages. Take a look at the beautiful earrings and purses below. They might be the perfect eco gift for your special one!
THE PERFECT ECO GIFT FOR HIM
Richmond Works and Eli´s Boots, two of our designers, know exactly what he needs and wants for Valentine´s Day. If he is a man who always needs to be close to his Laptop, do not look any further, you already found the perfect gift. The following Laptop bags have a balance between being practical and stylish. You can find each item in different colors, just click and discover.
Is he a before or after work athlete? Or maybe he has been looking for an elegant bag to take to those short business trips. Maybe he is one of those guys who does not like to lose style during holidays. In any case, the Frank Duffel Bag and the Henry Toilet Bag below are a great idea for Valentine´s Day.
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR OUR BELOVED LITTLE ONES
Do you have kids? What about making Valentine´s Day dinner for three or four or…? Check out these lovely outfits and handmade shoes that come in a huge variety of colors.
We hope you find this Valentine´s Day Eco Gifting Guide helpful. Remember that by buying these products you are supporting slow and sustainable brands and designers, as well as promoting fair trade and the growing movement that believes that a better fashion is possible.
Also, remember that it is important to pamper your loved ones, but never forget the importance of self-love and self -acceptance. Happy Valentine´s Day 2020!
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Summer is here! And so, it’s time for beach holidays and tans, and cold, cold drinks to soothe us for the next few months at least. It’s the season for taking a break. Before you’re off to do everything under the sun (literally), let us provide you with the ultimate list of summer essentials you will need pronto.