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I think Pixie B's stand is admirable, and shouldn't be dismissed on the grounds that 'other companies are unethical'. Nothing wrong with people doing their bit where they can, rather than turning a blind eye to the whole thing.
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This, exactly. I never get this 'because you can't be 100% ethical, then you are just hypocritical' pathetic excuse. It is a mine field, that is for sure- and very complicated to find out exactly what is what, and who is behind campaigns, etc. But this is no reason for not trying a bit harder- and just ignore all. The link between very cheap clothes, Primark and slave labour and the Bangladesh disasters is abundantly clear. But yes, more expensive brands with a plusher image are also implicated. The concept of disposable clothes (can't remember for sure- are Primark supposed to be worn 3 times before being thrown away - just think of the ecology of growing the cotton is enough to know that is wrong). I get the frustration of parents of kids growing up very fast- but kids these days too often have a huge amount of clothes, which is totally unnecessary- 1 for each day of the week is plenty!
From the Independent in April 2013, after the factory collapse in Bangladesh:
What we can say with certainty is that virtually all High Street stores have yet to produce concrete evidence that their clothing is sweatshop-free.
Only a handful of companies including M&S and Monsoon have policies in place that aim to guarantee that the workers making their clothing are being treated fairly. Even then, problems still occur all too often.
Ethical Consumer's Buyers' Guide to High Street clothes shops
goes into some detail on who is best and worst in this regard.
So much for the bad news.
The good news is that here in the UK we have a thriving ethical fashion sector which is proving that your shirts and skirts can be produced without putting workers' lives at risk.
In the latest Ethical Consumer Product Guide to fashion
we've named over a dozen Best Buy ethical clothing companies from Annie Greenabelle
who are forging an entirely new business model for the clothing industry, one based on generating a market for artisan clothing from around the world rather than ripping-off workers.
Sure, buying clothes online isn't as easy as nipping down the High Street, but really, we need to stop making excuses. We now buy around four times as many garments ever year as we did in 1980. Frankly, the vast majority of this is entirely unnecessary.
My challenge to everyone is to halve the quantity of clothes you buy and double your spend on each item. Use your money wisely and you can stop supporting the sweatshop-producers.