I’ve gone green. I’ve gone organic. I’ve gone plastic-free. I’ve switched to a capsule wardrobe. Now I’d like to go ethical in my fashion – sadly, ethical fashion and plus size fashion do not go hand in hand.
I have spent hours searching for ethical (or sustainable) plus size fashion in the UK – brands that pay living wages and ensure their factories maintain high standards for their workers, fashion that is organically produced and where the consumer can trace the origin (and production values) of all components. Essentially, ethical fashion is what it says on the tin.
Moving to more ethical clothing feels a natural progression for me continuing my move from fast consumerism to a slower form of fashion. Sadly, I’m limited by sizing options as must ethical clothing companies max out at a size 16. We Are Thought reach to a dizzying size 18 – that is the best that our British ethical clothing brands can do! Even across the pond, most ethical brands max out at a US 14 (the equivalent to a UK18). So, it would seem that the vast majority of ethically produced fashion is beyond my reach.
However, during my very extensive research (and believe me, I have racked up night after night of research into ethical fashion brands), I was excited to hear about the idea of recycled clothing. By this, I don’t simply mean charity shop shopping – although this does get double ethical points in my book. Instead, recycled clothing is consists of clothes literally made out of recycled material. Many tote bags are made from recycled fabric and recycled denim is becoming increasingly popular as a cheaper, more sustainable form of denim production. And my favourite ASOS jeans fall into the category of recycled denim!
The ASOS Recycled denim range was launched in 2017 with an accompanying blog post that talks about the price of creating your pair of jeans in far simpler terms than I could recreate:
‘on average, it takes around 8,000 litres of water to make a single pair of those jeans – from growing the cotton to dyeing them just the right shade of blue – which is a serious knock to the environment.’ – Rebecca Wade, ASOS
And the launch of the ASOS Recycled denim range is just part one of ASOS’s commitment to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025. They have continued to slowly release new recycled denim styles into their range and I’m hopeful that many more style will follow.
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I’ve been wearing the range since its launch in 2017 without really knowing about the ethos or the sustainability behind them. The Recycled denim range has been my go-to due to the firm denim material that the range is made from – there is less stretch, less sagging, less warping of shape than many of the more elasticated denim ranges that ASOS offer.
The quality of the denim is, quite simply, phenomenal. I love the firmness; the material is supportive, the rips in the denim hold their shape, and the material subtly contours your shape, giving more uplift than my lift and shape jeans! They also, to date, haven’t worn out through chub-rub at the top of my thighs. This is a rarity for me as my thunder thighs normally erode denim in a few short months – especially as I wear denim almost daily for work, country walks, shopping trips, lazy mornings in cute cafes, and a whole host of other activities.
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As you can probably tell, I’m a huge fan of the ASOS Recycled denim range and I’m hopeful that it will continue to grow as the demand for the product becomes evident. I know that if ASOS were to expand the range, they would be my prefered denim retailer for a long time to come.
And in the meantime, if anyone can recommend any sustainable and ethically produced clothing companies for me to try, I’m all ears!