After learning about the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013 killed over 1,100 garment workers and injured more than 2,000, this is a question that now sits foremost in my mind. While I was rearing my children and educating them on the importance of citizenship and care for the environment, the thought of workers in far away factories slaving to make the clothes they needed to dress for the formal did not cross my mind. I was thrifty; shopped at consignment and resale shops 90% of the time. But we were still mass-consumers, turning our wardrobes over as fast as the seasons changed (which in Chicago, is sometimes daily!).
Just as it is important to know from where our food is grown, so too is it to know how our clothing is being produced. Culturally, we've treated fashion like a consumable product and our landfills are now bearing the burden.
So I challenge you to consider becoming your own "eco-stylist." When shopping, consider this new list of questions to ask yourself before a purchase:
Sign the #GoTransparent: Demand to Know Who Made Your Clothes petition to start making an impact today!
Purchase items from this blog post and more on Poshmark, Depop, Etsy or Ebay.
Gwen Bielicki - vintage style addict, aging gracelessly
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