Friday, September 2, 2011
works cited: tee c/o five bamboo; handmade skirt (pattern here); thrifted belt, bag, and wedges; necklace from etsy (c/o little o by wolfbrother); earrings a gift from christopher (handmade at boneyard pottery)
One of the ideas I've been brooding over lately is how difficult it can be to shop/dress ethically. Tuesday's post and the conversations that ensued were very thought-provoking and made me realize one of the major obstacles standing between me and 100% ethical clothes shopping is that being an ethical shopper of clothing is time-consuming, expensive, and difficult in a way other consumer activism is not. It's easy and fun to ride my bike instead of drive; and it's cheaper and more delicious to go to the farmer's market than the grocery store; but it takes a lot of time, research, and money to buy clothing ethically. Today's outfit feels more or less ethically-sound (handmade, environmentally-conscious, thrifted, etc.) but it took more research, time, and resources to locate these garments than it would have to walk into the nearby Gap and buy the cheap tee and jeans that fit. This leaves me wondering: are there any shortcuts for shopping ethically? Five Bamboo, for instance, has really great basic tees, dresses, and undergarments that are ethically-produced and reasonably-priced. Thrifting is cheap but takes dedication and time. Handmade clothes (like Megan's or Emerson Made) are a great way to go, but not easy on the pocketbook. If accessibility is the number one obstacle standing between a consumer and an ethical shopping choice, the lazy and busy part of me wants to know: how do you make ethical clothes-buying easier?
P.S. And because this post was a little heavy, here's a few things on the lighter side: lobsters! a nerdy mug! hermoine! better book titles (the most hilarious website ever)!
Update: Loren suggests this website as a great place to start doing research: better world shopper, for grades on a lot of major clothing brands.