As a conscious consumer, it's always a challenge when your friends want to go to the mall. I typically avoid the mall when I can because I know there are not too many ethical choices. However, I still enjoy the social experience of shopping with my friends. So how do you tag along and not get sucked into the fast fashion temptation?
I work to remind myself that no matter how cute, or good of a deal, that questionable "Made in China" piece is not worth it. For multiple reasons...and there are better purchases to be made. Here are a few things I tell myself to avoid getting sucked into the temptations of fast fashion.
1) Let's be honest. It will probably fall apart within a couple months.
2) I do not want to risk my dollar supporting a child labor, human trafficking, or any other form of devaluing humans within supply chains.
3) I would rather save my money and invest in quality pieces that will last.
4) Why spend my money supporting questionable supply chains, when I could instead use my dollar to empower others and support small business?
5) Do I actually need this? Probably not. I have plenty of clothes at home and I especially do not need to spend money on a piece of clothing that will not last.
You will be amazed at how much of a difference it makes when you stop, take the time, and reflect before purchasing. It will probably save you money in the long run and have a positive social impact. And if you're not sure where to start your ethical fashion journey, check out the brands listed in our directory.
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