Fashion + COVID-19 + #PayUp

Updated: Apr 14


Kaftan by zero-waste brand Tonlé






I know that many of you reading this may love clothes and love shopping just as much as I do… and hopefully you really want to do good for the planet just the same. But do you know who to trust for the truth and where to uncover the most sustainable brands?


Although there is a lot to love about fashion, like how good it makes us feel and the beauty it brings into our lives, at the moment, fashion’s got a BIG problem. There are garment workers all over the world right now that are totally getting screwed. Amidst the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, many orders from fashion brands have been canceled.



The factories that make their clothes are not getting paid for those orders, though they have already been fulfilled. The worst part- the garment workers, many of whom already barely get by on below livable wages, are not being paid for their work.




Why am I smiling? Because this brand takes care of it's garment workers; Tonlé



SIGN THE #PAYUP petition: HERE


If you want to help this situation, Remake, the leading organization in cultivating a conscious fashion movement, has started a petition to address the brands who are refusing to pay up, so that these garment workers can get paid, and save millions of lives around the globe, many of them women.




Vote with your dollars. Choose brands that are taking care of people and the planet. It feels good.




I hope you will read, sign and share this petition with your network. We all can make a difference, do the right thing and save lives. We all wear clothes. Therefor we are all fashion decision-makers, and we have an opportunity (and a responsibility) to choose to be fashion change-makers.

There is another side of this fashion problem. There are the brands doing good and using fashion for good, such as zero-waste brand Tonlé, shown here. I highly recommend referring to Remake’s database of approved brands. They have a stiff criteria a brand must pass to earn their seal of approval. They do the work for you. Now you get to shop, while supporting brands doing good, that really can use your support right now.




Invest in clothing that you LOVE- that you will wear, repair, and take care of for many years to come. Buy less clothes that you’ll get more out of. 









When you’re in touch with your true style, you’re more clear on what you really want and need. It’s easier to only buy the things that align with the real you. You’ve found your sweet spot. Those are the clothes that are gonna make you stand out in the crowd. Because when you feel good, you look good- you’ve got presence. And to be honest, you need less stuff to look and feel that good!


I hope you feel inspired to do your part to create a more sustainable planet. Every bit counts.


Ethical fashion brand Tonlé is leading the movement in zero-waste fashion. Based in San Francisco, their zero-waste factory is located in Cambodia.



If you want to learn more about Tonlé please check out their website and follow their inspiring social media channels.


SHOWN HERE: 

Tonlé Kaftan- black (currently in stock)

Vintage Stetson Hat- Goodwill

Steve Madden Sandals- Goodwill

Upcycled necklace


Shop wisely. Every purchase is a vote. Make yours count.

Ethical fashion brand Tonlé is leading the movement in zero-waste fashion. Based in San Francisco, their zero-waste factory is located in Cambodia.




Since Tonlé is a small business that’s growing fast, items can go in and out of stock quickly. To find out when your favorite items do come back into stock, sign up for their updates on their website. 

If you’d like to help me in my efforts to raise awareness of making sustainability stylish, please share this post. Also, please follow my social media channels here & here, where I share my sustainably fabulous fashion finds and advocate for more sustainable fashion shopping choices and my upcycled art brand ReFashioned Art.

Get involved. Become part of the movement for a healthier, more sustainable fashion world. I believe that together we can change the face of fashion.  

Wear what you love and wear what empowers you. Also consider where your clothes were made and who made them. Your purchase may empower the person who made them (or not). 


*The items featured on this blog are what I consider sustainable fashion and/or are items I have owned for a very long time- which I would then consider a sustainable fashion choice simply for the longevity of it.

Thank you to Tonlé for collaborating with me on this post. Certain products may also contain affiliate links, through which I earn a commission on sales. All opinions are my own.

Photography by Carrilee Fox

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