Eco Dictionary: Words You've Been Dying To Learn by Native Styling
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Eco Dictionary: Words You’ve Been Dying To Learn

Aug 20 2018

Eco Dictionary: Words You’ve Been Dying To Learn

Hello and welcome back to a new Native Styling post!


With back to school approaching and a new season altogether, we thought it was time to show you guys the difference between all the words that are being thrown around in the Sustainable Fashion industry. This is why we created this mini eco dictionary for you to learn what is sustainable, what is eco-friendly, what is ethical?


It is definitely a number one question that we see with clients or readers, and we wanted to make sure you could differentiate all of them. That way, next time you decide to make a purchase and refine your closet (which you can also do here), you will know what matters most to you.

Here is our mini eco dictionary with keywords that surround the ethical fashion sphere:


1. Eco-friendly:

This means conscious of the environment. Brands that are eco-friendly will try hard to not harm the planet, conserve water, energy or try not to pollute.


2. Sustainable:

Comes from to sustain. That is the way of keeping something that will last in time. In the fashion industry, it simply means a movement that englobes the human, environmental and social impact creating a garment will have, and the ripple effect it will have on future generations.


3. Fair-trade:

The movement that consists in bettering work conditions and supporting fairly paid wages for garment workers as well as ensuring fair trades for farmers.


4. Ethical:

Probably the word that confuses people the most. It is simply the way of protecting both the environment and the people involved in making the clothes. Ethical englobes fair trade and eco-friendly for example. Finding ethical brands are hard because they have to fit into so many categories but also worth it because you know a lot of time and effort was spent into creating the garment you will be wearing.


5. Cruelty-free:

No animals were harmed in the making of their products. No testing on animals either. Basically, no involvement from animals at all.


6. Vegan:

Does not contain animal products or byproducts.


7. Conscious:

The way of purchasing and consuming products that will keep you aware of the environment, ethics, animals, or your own health in general. The strict opposite would be impulse buying without thinking.


8. Organic:

Materials or ingredients that are grown in a more natural way, without pesticides or fertilizers and that are also not genetically modified.


9. Recycled/Upcycled:

Converting waste, garments or anything unusable in its original state and create a new usable material or garment.


10. Fast fashion:

The term used to describe big fashion corporations who decided to create 15 seasons a year instead of 4, in order to supply to the demand. It involves designing, producing, selling and wasting billions of garments a year, pricing them extremely low with little to no regard for who and what gets harmed in the process. Companies example of that are Forever 21, Zara, H&M, Mango and dozens of others.


11. Slow fashion:

The opposite of fast fashion. The idea of going back to the craft while being very careful with what and who gets involved in the making process. Creating relationships with people, customers and slowing production down. Being more mindful of the environment, the fabrics used and the general consumption. In a way, going back to how fashion used to be years ago before extreme consumerism or fast fashion even existed.


We hope this eco dictionary was helpful to you! What word did you not know before reading this?
What did you learn more about?

Comment below!

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