As probably most of you know, sustainable fashion is a topic I'm very passionate about. And there's a good reason why: I believe that every unit of currency you invest is equivalent to casting a vote in a never-ending, daily recurring election. The act of buying a product is a pretty explicit sign of support for the product involved, as well as for the company behind it.
In an era where information is literally a click away, we should have high standards for our personal consumption. We should be able to know what it is that we are voting for on a daily basis. Because that is literally what we’re doing. We think that our power as citizens lies in voting every few years in political elections, but we often fail to realize that we are voting EVERYDAY with our money. You may be supporting a company or a product that is completely opposed to your ideals and your view of the world by deciding to purchase their products.
Now, big disclaimer: I don't exclusively shop from brands I am 100% informed about. Like I once transitioned to veganism, I am currently transitioning to ethical clothing. And at this stage I do still buy from companies whom I may not fully support if I was more knowledgeable about their supply chain or the way they treat their employees and workers. In some cases, you have no choice and in others, you can't really know. However, what I try to do is research and get a glimpse behind the scenes to make the most informed decision possible under time constraints and with limited resources. This is why a) I don't consume animal products (including leather) because I do not support the exploitative industries behind those products. And b) I make an effort to mostly buy from companies that I know are worth my support.
One such company is the German fashion label Funktionschnitt. They produce t-shirts made from organic cotton (from India and Peru), tencel® (Austria), linen (China), merino wool (Australia), cashmere (Mongolia, Nepal) and a funky material called SeaCell™ that contains algae. On a mission to produce the perfect t-shirt for every occasion and to create the perfect combinations of fabric, color and cut, the company also puts a focus on social and environmental considerations. All t-shirts are produced sustainably and ethically. To increase credibility, Funktionschnitt collaborates with FLO-CERT, an independent audit and certification sub-organization of Fairtrade International. While the shirts are designed in Germany, the entire production takes place in Porto, Portugal where workers are paid fairly and sustainable production standards are met.
I think it's great to see more and more labels adopt a transparent supply chain and the view that sustainable and fair production should be "self-evident" as Funktionschnitt put it. The label kindly provided me with one of their linen t-shirts, which I find very breathable, smooth and comfortable to wear. If you know me, you know I love a basic that can be combined in a variety of ways. You can check the shirt out in the pictures below, or have a look at the Funktionsschnitt collection here (website is in German only but they ship everywhere in Europe).