Life is boring right now, and everyone’s scrambling all the time for the next interesting thing. I’ve noticed a lot of people have been buying from sites like Shein and Zaful recently, besides the weird safety concerns on those sites, they’re also notorious for being fast fashion. Since 2011, the global apparel industry has been increasing at rate of 4.78% annually before 2017.
As someone who buys almost all of my own clothes, I know what it’s like to be annoyed with the prices of clothing. For years I never understood why someone would pay $25 for a t-shirt, recently however, I realized that it also depends where you’re buying from. See, garment workers in Bangladesh make somewhere around $96 a month, they’d need about 3.5x that in order to a decent life with basic facilities. Not only that but clothes made of non-biodegradable fabrics can sit in landfills for up to 200 years.
If you want to support good causes and small designers, it’s important to look outside of stores like Forever 21 and American Eagle. Instead I can point you to brands that support good causes.
The Happiness Project
The Happiness Project is a company based in Chicago that focuses on spreading mental health awareness, they send 15% of their proceeds to mental health research.
Pact makes most of their clothes from ethically sourced cotton and tries their best to make sure their clothes are still affordable. This brand is also good for basics.
This company houses a lot of individual artists and compiles some of the more interesting Graphic tees and sweatshirts you’d find in stores like Spencer’s.
More than anything though, donating to and shopping at Goodwill and Salvation Army is one of the best ways to prevent waste while helping the less fortunate and saving money. With all this being said, I hope some of you can learn from this.
Sources: The Good Trade, World Resources Institute, Fee