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Do You Shop With A Conscience?

i.e. Supporting small independent business over big business, choosing eco-friendly products, not buying from sweatshop-supported stores...

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velvetavalon velvetavalon 9 years
most companies don't have to be transparent when it comes to their production practices, so it can be difficult to know who the bad guys are.
Rachiepop Rachiepop 9 years
I try, I know I've bought from places that have sweat shops, but I'm trying to do more research into that and put those places on my lists of where not to shop. I already try to go eco friendly, and when I purchase cosmetics and such I refuse to purchase those tested on animals.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
wow. crazy. umm...i think about it all the time. its not that the people in sweatshops should be put out of work its that the companies who employ them should provide better working conditions. IKEA is a great example: they have excellent environmental policies and yet have incredibly low prices, pay their employees well and have great products. in india, for example, they pay children who would normally work in a factory to go to school so their families don't lose out on the income. i know it is possible for clothing manufacturers to still have low prices and care about the environment and social causes. i agree with someone who said the stuff about the gap/american apparel, and that it is difficult to choose sometimes, plus it is too bad that certain clothes cost so much more than inexpensive stuff...so yeah, one definitely has to make a lot of choices. I don't wear a lot of the same stuff other people on here probably do, so i can understand the hesitation as the "nice" stuff is hard to find in enviro/socio friendly brands and styles. basically, its a concern of mine, but I admit i haven't been all that concerned this year in auckland, as pretty much everything is made in a sweatshop since they don't have the same stuff as they do at home. sorry for the long post.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
wow. crazy. umm...i think about it all the time. its not that the people in sweatshops should be put out of work its that the companies who employ them should provide better working conditions. IKEA is a great example: they have excellent environmental policies and yet have incredibly low prices, pay their employees well and have great products. in india, for example, they pay children who would normally work in a factory to go to school so their families don't lose out on the income. i know it is possible for clothing manufacturers to still have low prices and care about the environment and social causes. i agree with someone who said the stuff about the gap/american apparel, and that it is difficult to choose sometimes, plus it is too bad that certain clothes cost so much more than inexpensive stuff...so yeah, one definitely has to make a lot of choices. I don't wear a lot of the same stuff other people on here probably do, so i can understand the hesitation as the "nice" stuff is hard to find in enviro/socio friendly brands and styles. basically, its a concern of mine, but I admit i haven't been all that concerned this year in auckland, as pretty much everything is made in a sweatshop since they don't have the same stuff as they do at home. sorry for the long post.
makicabrera10 makicabrera10 9 years
wait, what's a sweatshop?
makicabrera10 makicabrera10 9 years
wait, what's a sweatshop?
makicabrera10 makicabrera10 9 years
hmmm......I don't really think about it.
GirlInPink GirlInPink 9 years
I dont really have the money for that stuff
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I'm with partysugar on this one.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
When grocery shopping yes but when clothes shopping I buy what I like.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
i couldn't imagine shopping without my conscience.
Julie2812 Julie2812 9 years
I try to as much as I can...it's very important. I try to buy clothes from local designers as often as I can, but true it is more expensive...
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
it's so hard, but i try to be at least conscious of the effects my buying habits have. do i support child labor by shopping at the gap, or do i support the objectification of women and fat-phobia by shopping at american apparel? both have positive efforts, such as gap's project (red) stuff and amapp's fair wages, but it sucks to be continually stuck between a rock and hard place. i figure that if you're at least aware of these kinds of things, that's a step in the right direction.
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
it's so hard, but i try to be at least conscious of the effects my buying habits have. do i support child labor by shopping at the gap, or do i support the objectification of women and fat-phobia by shopping at american apparel? both have positive efforts, such as gap's project (red) stuff and amapp's fair wages, but it sucks to be continually stuck between a rock and hard place. i figure that if you're at least aware of these kinds of things, that's a step in the right direction.
zc zc 9 years
i don't actually think about it when im shopping
davie-k davie-k 9 years
conscience is for those who can afford the mark ups for ethical trading. Or who can afford to buy in local boutiques or small business... I'm too poor to have to worry about whether what I buy is ethical or ecological!
sugar_substitute sugar_substitute 9 years
Do-gooders jumping on the bandwagon of this (trendy) cause célèbre mean well but fail to understand the complexity of this issue. There's usually no other employment for these workers who would otherwise be working as slaves or abused househelp. Many are women, desperate for financial independence and money for food & medicine for their children. How do you propose they live without these sweat shops, hmm? FYI: I was born and raised in a 3rd world country, so I know
sugar_substitute sugar_substitute 9 years
Do-gooders jumping on the bandwagon of this (trendy) cause célèbre mean well but fail to understand the complexity of this issue. There's usually no other employment for these workers who would otherwise be working as slaves or abused househelp. Many are women, desperate for financial independence and money for food & medicine for their children. How do you propose they live without these sweat shops, hmm?FYI: I was born and raised in a 3rd world country, so I know
Chalii911 Chalii911 9 years
I think a lot about it!
Chalii911 Chalii911 9 years
I think a lot about it!
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