|SUNDAY scarf + shirt + skirt: old, shoes: dsw (nine west), necklace: f21, bracelets: target|
| TUESDAY cardigan + belt: thrift, shirt: modcloth, jeans: gap, shoes: dsw, |
purse: old navy
|FRIDAY sweater: anthropologie, skirt: frock swap, shoes: old, belt: banana republic|
This past week I've been reading a lot about the senseless tragedy that happened in Bangladesh. It seems like the news lately is filled with tragedy after tragedy. This one, however, has weighed differently on my heart. It wasn't an act of nature or of some madmen - it was the result of a long standing practice of devaluing and abusing people for monetary gain. And the ugly truth is that even though I'm thousands of miles away I can't absolve myself of all blame.
I obviously enjoy clothes but it's been far too long since I've really taken the time to think about the hands that make them. The passion I had for social justice in college has gotten lost amidst busy days and a desire for convenience. Unfortunately, making social responsible choices isn't simple. The news often mentions obvious culprits, like a certain big box store, but as I've done research this week I've learned that some popular higher end stores aren't much better and sometimes even worse.
To be honest I'm still a bit confused about where to go from here. I know I want to change my family's shopping habits - I don't want our spending in anyway to support the mistreatment of people. I see us thrifting more. It's good for the environment and a lot of thrift stores are connected to social agencies. For things that we have to buy new I plan to start using Good Guide. It's free and easy to sign up. I like that I can choose what issues/values are most important to me and filter items/companies accordingly. They've also made it very convenient to use. Their transparency toolbar allows you to see how products measure up to your values while shopping online; furthermore, if the product your viewing doesn't match your values they'll recommend similar ones that do. I've yet to try it but they also have a mobile app for in-store shopping.
Lastly, I've been searching for stores/boutiques that are socially responsible and appeal to my fashion tastes. So far Mata Traders is my favorite discovery but I'd love to hear of any suggestions you have to offer.
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