(Closed) does it bother you that when you order online and

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Joeydoodle:

yes, but most of our western clothing is made is sweatshops, so that’s with everything.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

yea it makes me sad, but what do you do?Frown

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was kind of surprised to find this out, but a good portion of the bigger designer brands are made in China (like everything else here in the US these days), so it’s not just the ones that you order online.  I know for fact that Allure does (I saw a ‘made in China’ tag on a sample gown I tried on in a salon).  It’s sort of a well kept secret.    =(

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Yeah, pretty much everything is made with human suffering to at least some degree.  There’s plenty of us that don’t like the jobs we have or feel that we are under paid so to some degree others that buy the end product or service at whereever you work bought your company’s product made with your suffering.  People just want the best product at the cheapest price.  I heard from jewelers that you can never know if a diamond is really ablood diamond or not.  Not saying no one should care, but I ‘m just saying it’s too hard to know if everything we buy was made completely ethically.  As the jeweler I spoke to put it, “You know there isn’t just blood diamonds, there’s blood chocolate, but no one thinks about that.”

Post # 8
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Worker bee

You have to think/remember there was a time when our workers here were paid a small amount and treated horribly…they eventually fought back and gained their rights. I would say eventually things will change there, the workers will eventually fight for more rights. Also while we know or hear they are paid such small amounts, how do you know that that rate isn’t enough to pay for what they need for the day? And if not for the work being done and the need for lower cost products, they would have no work and no way to feed themselves and their families. All things to think about.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I watched a series last year called “Blood, Sweat, and T-shirts” (on one of the Discovery Channel networks) where a group of young adults went to find out how their clothes were made in India (they were more the ‘fashionista’ types that didn’t really care) and they worked along side the natives from picking cotton all the way thru the process to sewing the clothes and it was really awful. They worked 10-14 hour days and didn’t have enough money most days to buy a decent meal (they got the same wages as the other workers), and there were 5 or 6 of them combining their wages to live in squalor (pit toilets and no roof).  That’s why young kids have to work- their families can’t live on the pennies the parents make.

But what pisses me off more is that we the consumers are blamed because we want ‘cheap’ stuff.  We don’t pay any less for the products, the corporate fat cats just line their pockets thicker! And it’s not like we’re given a choice of where stuff is made.  I would definitely pay more for stuff made in the US if I could- maybe it would last longer and not poison us!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Ambrocked: That’s a really good point about blaming the consumers. :/

My dad works for an American car company, so I was raised to get as many things American-made as possible. The thing is, there’s just not that much. If I was cool enough to be able to sew my own clothes or rich enough to pay a seamstress to do it for me, I would have options. But I’m not loaded or talented, so I have to rely on popular clothing companies.  It’s just one of those sucky facts of life. If we all tried to boycott the clothing made in China, we would be running around naked.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@jo.lee: “If we all tried to boycott the clothing made in China, we would be running around naked.”  No doubt!!

My dad too works for a bicycle company that is headquartered here in Wisconsin, and they just moved most of their manufacturing to China recently.  The bikes cost a lot less to make, but they didn’t get any cheaper to buy, which is why I believe it’s just the CEOs making money.  And get this- the company used to fix the bikes if they were broken under warrenty, but now they’re so cheap they just replace them (which is apparently happening a lot more frequently now too).  Incidentally, they still make the really high-end bikes (like the ones Lance Armstrong rides) here at the plant, so they obviously know that the quality is bad on the imports.  Nice, huh?  

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Ambrocked: Super nice :P.

Yeah, we were looking at a brand new Cadillac (out of curiosity, lol, not to buy), and it said that 60% of it’s parts were made in the US or Canada. They go around bragging about how they’re an American-,ade car company, and they’re only about half right :/.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, it does bother me, hence why I make my own clothes when I can. The only things I can’t make are bras and jeans.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Rubies: Wow, inspiring! I wish I took the time to do this or at least buy from thrift stores or even look for more items made in USA. My grandpa made a lot of our clothes growing up and I miss that.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yes, It is one of the main reasons I buy handmade items now. If I can’t make it, I have friends who can. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Phofe2774: It’s not nearly as impressive as it sounds. 🙂 I’m in school right now and live in T-shirts and yoga pants. I own a serger, so these take only a few hours to whip up. 

Consignment shops and thrift stores are a great way to start if you feel like you are contributing to the child labor problem. Plus if you buy from a local consignment shop you are supporting them as well as not contributing to the purchase of new clothes.

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