If you’re anything like me at all, you love shopping. But even if you’re not, you still have to wear clothes so I’m sure you shop from time to time. Have you ever paused to think about where the clothes you buy and wear come from? Who made them? Was it a child? Was it made in fair circumstances?
Many large-scale retailers produce what is often called “fast fashion.” It’s cheap, but it’s low-quality. It’s not sustainable and it often does not utilize fair labor practice either. Still I know telling you what not to do isn’t all that help.
So, because we here at Food for the Hungry (FH) know you care about fair labor practice as much as we do, we wanted to give you some awesome alternatives for your clothing shopping by telling you who is producing clothes in ways that are beneficial for vulnerable people and for the world that houses them.
(To learn more about FH efforts to eradicate child labor, click here.)
Here are 5 clothing companies that help the world:
Everlane’s website says: “At Everlane, we want the right choice to be as easy as putting on a great T-shirt. That’s why we partner with the best, ethical factories around the world. Source only the finest materials. And share those stories with you—down to the true cost of every product we make. It’s a new way of doing things. We call it Radical Transparency.”
Patagonia’s mission is simple: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”
Here’s a cause we know you can get behind: “ABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty through providing economic opportunity for women.”
Alternative Apparel’s website says: “Alternative ensures fair, safe & clean workplace conditions on a global scale. We’re also joining the Fashion Revolution, because clothes shouldn’t come at the expense of our planet or people.”
If all else fails, or you just have to have that designer bag, consider buying it used. Buying used clothing is the most sustainable purchasing option, and usually the cheapest! Sites like Poshmark allow you to buy all your favorite for a fraction of the cost, while practicing totally sustainable shopping.
And if you’re in no need to shop for new clothes, but you still want to help change the lives of those living in poverty, click here to give today.