Buying ethically is not a new concept for me. I want to support fair-trade industry, truly I do. Then I see that tank top for $6 at the big box store and I cave. It’s a clothes buying roller coaster, I tell ya’.
The recent factory collapse in Bangladesh slapped most Americans into reality. Since last week articles about unfair working conditions across the world spring into our news feeds.
I want to stay strong in commitment to only buying garments ethically made. But I know my reality. Target sits right between school and theater rehearsal and I’ll need milk and laundry detergent then I’ll see this super cute skirt for only $10 so in a hazey rush I’ll buy it.
Back in January, blogger Jes wrote the ideal post for those of us wanting to make a difference:
I have never seen the sweat shops in India or China, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I have never talked with a child that is forced to work 12+ hours a day to make the shoes I’m wearing, but that doesn’t mean they don’t matter. I have been a slave, I do know what it feels like to not have a choice. I do know what it’s like to be forgotten by society. I can NOT continue to live as if the individuals in the other side of the globe don’t exist.
Or, if you’re meandering on Pinterest, check out my “Shopping That Makes A Difference” board for more sites I’ve found. If you have any more to add, let me know!
Let’s motivate each other to make a difference with how we spend our dollars. Will we use our money to help workers across the world make better lives for themselves, or will we comatosely buy as we have been, telling corporations unsafe working conditions are okay?
If you’re ready to make a change, I’m ready for some accountability partners.
*Edit = Just read this recent post on Frugal Living NW. Great suggestions for putting together thrift store items!