13 responses to “Stop Buying Clothes From Sweatshops: My Resolution”

  1. Margaret Welsh

    Do you follow Rian Phin? She’s got really great perspectives on ethical fashion (as well feminism and style), but is really mindful of issues of accessibility and negotiating space. Some of my faves here:


    1. Margaret Welsh

      Oh also I really want to buy less sweatshop fashion so would love to hear more about how you’re getting on with it/fave ethical brands x

  2. Cherie

    I was having this exact conversation yesterday after watching Dispatches. I’ve definitely dialled back A LOT since I moved here, but as you say, it’s so hard to find alternatives and buying ‘ethically’ because you can ever know how a company manufactures its clothes and the conditions it subjects its workers to purely from a disclaimer on a website. Growing up in a country where charity shops were non-existent, I only found out when I moved here – but it’s something I want to try and learn about too, especially with investing in ethical brands…

    This was a topic we studied in my MSc as well – particularly on lobby groups and how power is disseminated to change conditions in places like the Rana plaza and unfortunately, it’s all pretty grim at the moment. You hit home the point about how people are just buying more (off the argument that some people can’t afford for expensive but ethical products); and I agree with just that – we could easily live with less but we choose not to because the industry demands that we should chase after trends and ‘what’s hot’. And this is something that’s bothered me for a long time now, especially when I wrote that Burberry on my blog (not directly linked but the sentiment is there), but I try and evaluate my choices when I buy something now… or even better, maybe everyone should learn how to make their own clothes!

    Wow, this was a long comment. But I really enjoyed reading this!

    Cherie ❊ sinonym

  3. coffeeandcleveland

    I’m so glad you wrote this post. Unfortunately, I go most of the time not really thinking about where I buy my clothes because I am really cheap. I know a lot of local businesses in the USA sell shirts from American Apparel which is supposed to be made in America, but often times the clothes are really expensive. My friend sells shirts and sweatshirts made by women in India. The whole point of his organization is to help women who were rescued from human trafficking. It’s a great organization. The URL is theparativeproject.com.

    I haven’t bought any new clothes since I moved to Russia (over a year and a half) because I told myself I wouldn’t. I’m starting to really feel the need to buy something new, though.

  4. Laila

    Yay! I’m sure we’ve talked about this before but I’ve been highstreet free since 2015, before my blanket boycott I was boycotting a lot of individual shops (Primark, Topshop etc) since my teens so it was a simple switch for me. I buy a lot of vintage but stick to shops/brands who don’t source from overseas. I also buy a lot of charity shop and then I have a small list of ethical, sweatshop-free brands that I love as well. As they tend to be more expensive I stick to cheap vintage and charity shops for most of my clothing. xxx

  5. Alexandra Consolver

    Oh great goal, and great post! Do you know Lauren @ Chic Ethique? Her style is very different from yours (minimal and neutral heheh), but she does some lovely posts on great ethical shopping sources, etc. :) I love the idea of this, and would love to be to that place in my shopping someday, I’m hoping to learn more soon! I honestly went to some of the great shops she suggests, but a lot of them are newer and haven’t expanded their size ranges. I know that the sweaters won’t fit around my bust properly which is a bummer. Hopefully someday they will expand. And/or I can find some other sites that have a better range! :) Good luck with your goals, I’d love to hear about the progress/research/etc. along the way! :) XO – Alexandra

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  6. Alexandra Consolver

    whoops! her link: http://www.chic-ethique.com/

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