It’s hard to get around the fact that wildlife today is in trouble all over the world. Some species get more media attention than others, but many more than you would think are declining in numbers. In fact The Living Planet Index (LPI), which measures trends in thousands of vertebrate species populations, shows a decline of 52 per cent between 1970 and 2010. That’s half of all species that have been lost in just 40 years. Shocking right? There are many causes to this, one of which is pollution. With fashion being the second most polluting industry in the world, it isn’t farfetched to assume there is a link.
So you would suppose the charities who work to protect certain species would raise money for their causes in an environmentally friendly manner. Their garments, plastic or cuddly toys etc. would be sourced sustainably and be biodegradable. Unfortunately that’s not always the case, which a simple search on Google will illustrate.
This post isn’t meant to point any fingers, but merely provide food for thought and hopefully encourage people who mean well to make eco conscious decisions.
Who is sustainable then?
It hasn’t been possible to go through all wildlife charities in the world as there are 1000s of them out there both big and small. I have however managed to find a few big ones (according to their social media following) who you can happily support without harming the environment. This is based purely on their online shops selling organic apparel.
Sea Shepherd is a marine wildlife conservation organisation, whose mission it is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of marine wildlife. All of their shirts, hoodies and beanies are organic.
The Snow Leopard Trust builds community partnerships to protect the snow leopard. Their caps, shirts and tote bags are all organic.
The Black Fish works to protect the oceans and marine wildlife. All the products on their site are 100% vegan, organic and made using fair labour practices.
Lion Aid raises funds to support lion research activities in Africa. They have a large range of organic shirts on offer on their website.
I’ve even found an amazing organisation Cool Earth who works to save rainforests on three continents, thereby conserving local wildlife too. Their jewellery is organic as well as their t-shirts which are designed by Vivienne Westwood.
Is there something you can do?
Yes definitely. You can contact your favourite wildlife charity and ask them if they have any organic apparel on offer, or if they have any plans to change to organic materials. Many may not even have given it much thought when sourcing their garments, which is why it is important to reach out to them. Ultimately, the more organisations and individuals who make the change, the better it will be for the earth we share in the long run. At the end of the day we all have a common goal and that is to protect nature and wildlife in all corners of the planet.