|Nightmarish image courtesy of garmentcare.info|
Lucy Siegle recent released her newest book To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?
This book is full of chilling statistics, including the following:
When you buy this much clothing, a lot of it has to be made in conditions that are less than salubrious for the factory worker, with environmental standards which may be non-existent. Pile on a few thousand miles of transporting the garment, and the issues around how that item will eventually be discarded to lay in a landfill for all eternity... it's not a pretty picture.
And from my personal experience selling clothes, I never noted that the customers we saw all the time were anywhere close to being the best-dressed customers; usually quite the opposite. When someone would come into our store ever 3 months and buy two complete, coordinated outfits, they always looked nice. The people we saw twice a week who were always grabbing just one little marked-down item from the clearance rack - well, they always looked like they got dressed off of the clearance rack!
And I've tried to always support jobs at which I would be willing to work. If I'm reluctant to work in a sweatshop, I don't buy things that are made in sweatshops.
In addition to being beautiful and elegant, we do have some responsibility to other human being who make things for us, and to the planet which hosts us in this adventure of life. Therefore, buying fewer items, and paying more for them, is better for your image, better for the staff of the stores you frequent, better for the individuals who craft your garments, and better for the planet. What a great excuse!
|This just FEELS better. photo from Elfa|