Post # 1
So in another post regarding knock-off earrings, I noticed some bee’s were citing ethical concerns regarding labor practices as a reason for not wanting to purchase knock-offs. But what some people may not realize is that the original products are often made in sweatshops, just like the knockoffs!
I was wondering how many people actually care about the ethics behind their clothes. Companies like Forever 21 and Zara frequently knock-off designers, and Forever 21 often uses sweatshops to get their fashions to stores quickly. High-end designers use sweatshops to make their products, even in places like Australia and Los Angeles.
Do you think it’s worth it to buy ethically made products, or do you think it is a losing battle? How far are you willing to go to purchase ethically made fashion?
Post # 3
@mrshunnybunches: You show me a product the company claims is ethical….and I’ll show you someone that got totally screwed in the process of making it….
Post # 4
I SUPER care! I wish more people did care. I care in regard to food, cars, clothing, everything. I do my best to only purchase quality (over quantity) items made in US- or I buy second hand!
Post # 5
@Nona99: Unfortunately that’s probably true… but does that mean we don’t go with the companies that are at least trying?
Post # 6
🙁 The poll makes me sad. If I can avoid buying from a company that uses child, slave, or other unethical labor, I will. That includes places with exceptionally dangerous work environments, manipulative pay practices, and dangers working conditions and or hours.
I wish there were a website that was up to date with a list of places they could prove were safe to purchase from. 🙁 As it is, I just try to severely limit my purchases. I figure the less commercialized I am, the smaller my impact is.
Post # 7
@cbee: Unfortunately, just because it says “Made in the USA” doesn’t mean it’s made ethically. There a lots of sweatshops in Los Angeles that employ undocumented immigrants.
Post # 8
@mrshunnybunches: I do care but I think it is almost impossible to buy ethically 100% of the time. Or even 50% of the time
Post # 9
@Mrs.babycat: I do care but I think it is almost impossible to buy ethically 100% of the time. Or even 50% of the time
Post # 10
I care! I just can’t always show it with my dollar being a poor college student. I also feel like it’s not exactly a black and white issue.
Post # 11
@Nona99: +10, you’re dead-on.
@mrshunnybunches: I *care* but, honestly, like Nona said, there are so many things that even “ethical” companies sweet under the rugs that it makes it nearly impossible for the consumer to be the ethics police in every aspect of their life. Are my clothes ethically made? My food treated ethically before consumption? How about the people that farm it? What about the company where I get my oil changed, do they do right by their employees?
It’s just too much. Do I try to make the obviously right choices, yes, but research prior to everything I buy? No.
Post # 12
@MexiPino: Maybe I’m just horribly jaded, but to me, the “ethical” stamp on something is just another marketing tool, which is pretty brilliant in it’s creation, because it utilizes the emotional state of the buyer and can in some cases compel them to spend more on a product when something comprable and far more reasonably priced is available….that’s insane….because I get that we all want to do our part, but we’re talking about money…and I don’t know about you, but I put in a hard days work for mine, I save where I can and that’s that.
I doubt very much that there are too many companies that could actually live up to the ethical business model if one delved too far into their practices….fact is that larger corporate structures are there to make a profit and I’ve seen some incredibly creative things put into motion all for the sake of the bottom line….so if they make purses…and say it’s ethical, a company could get away with getting the outsourced peices from a third world country at a fraction of the cost, paying regular wage workers to put them together here in the US and it would still qualify for the ethically constructed and made in the USA stamp…even though from start to finish, it’s alarmingly similar to one that wasn’t in it’s origins…
Post # 13
@Nona99: You’re right. It’s just discouraging. I mean, I worked in a sweatshop in CA, so I know even when it’s “locally handmade!” it still might mean a 15 year old was making it in an unventilated garage where she passed out regularly from paint fumes.
Post # 14
I do care, but I’m not going to lie, when you talk about ethical fashion my mind instantly goes to the environment and not necessarily the people.
I think in this country there is a new mentality of ‘cheaper is better’ because of places like WalMart, which can often offer products either more accessibly or more cheaply than a specialty store. I don’t think it’s entirely the business that is just being cruel, it’s the customers that are insisting upon lower prices and unfortunately that often means using synthetic chemicals and materials and cheap labor.
But, anyway, I do think it’s worth it to buy ethically, but I think it’s much more important to edcuate people and make them aware than just making a conscious decision for yourself to buy ethically. It’s good that you did, but it takes more than a handful of people to change the tide.
Post # 16
Actually the results of this poll are depressiong me. It is so sad what people find important.