We see it, we love it, we buy it, but what’s the real cost of our materialistic needs?
- Being a politically social person, Jillian Strong believes that we should be aware of where our clothes come from. Keeping aware of the labor that goes into the clothes being made, and being more cautious about where we buy our clothes.
“I try to be cautious,” said Strong. “It’s hard, not going to lie. A lot of clothes come from inappropriate labor. Even if it says Made in the USA, it’s still hard to find out where the materials come from, so I don’t blame for that to go over someone’s head.”
- Luis Casavantes feel that people need to do more research on where their clothes are coming from and what those brands stand for.
“The Boy London brand has the Nazis symbol on it. When I see people on this campus wear that, I’m like alright, let’s chill it out,” said Casavantes.
- When it comes to buying clothes, Moon Mandel says we should at least try and be aware of the ethicality of the clothes themselves.
- Is the company profit or non profit,
- Are the employees being treated well?
- Are employees being paid well?
- How many gallons of water did it take to make an article of clothing?
“I try to keep my ear to the ground and go for things that are made more ethically,” said Mandel. “What price did our world pay, through human suffering, through exploitation, through all of our minerals being depleted? What’s going on?”
WHERE TO BUY ETHICAL CLOTHING
- KROCHET KIDS
- FAIR TRADE WINDS
- AND MORE… http://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/fair-trade-clothing
WHERE NOT TO BUY CLOTHES
- According to this website: http://www.treehugger.com/style/are-these-unethical-fashion-brands-hiding-in-your-closet.html
- Abercrombie and Fitch
- The Gap (Old Navy & Banana Republic)
TIPS FOR BUYING MORE ETHICALLY
1). Do research on your clothing brands, you’ll most likely find out information you didn’t know through the internet.
2). Go thrifting! They are all previously owned items, which means you aren’t directly contributing to the unethical making of clothes. (Suggestion by Casavantes)
3). You don’t always have to follow the latest trends! Buy clothes out of season, and style it differently.
4). Make or buy handmade clothes