After the recent factory disasters in Bangladesh, we need to become more aware of how our fashion choices affect the lives of others.
First, ask yourself if you really need the item that you want, which slows down your consumerism (a financially positive side-effect), because maybe you have something similar, or even it’s just impulse buying. Depending on what it is, you might upcycle, or borrow. If you determine that you really need the item, you’ll need to decide if it needs to be purchased new; getting something that is already in the consumer stream is the best option and there are many places to find second-hand or vintage options.
If turns out you couldn’t find second-hand or need it to be new, take a look for an ethically-made option, do you know where it was made? with which kind of fabrics? do they help people working for them? Ok if you can’t find an ethical version, at least find a good quality item rather than cheap, an item who could last for a long time.
There is a great movement happening for USA-made, quality, artisan work with companies like Made Collection and Archival. Buying local is another responsible alternative. 😉