Ethical Clothing

I found this in my folder of “to post to blog stuff” just as I get an e-mail from Me to We Style about ethical shirts! We can make better choices!

I don’t understand.

It all started with a shirt.

This has happened to me a few times. My personal philosophy is to not buy any clothing that is made unethically. So no clothes from sweatshops. This means supporting eco-friendly and fair trade companies in hope that unethical working conditions will come to an end. So what do i do when someone gives me a shirt? For groups and conferences I am involved in I have gotten a few shirts. I have tried returning them but that is somewhat socially awkward. At the moment I have one within my possession. When I hold it I feel a little sick inside looking at the “Made in Nickaragua” tag. I have been trying to use positivity in my life as much as possible lately and I have found that responding to something with positivity is always the best path. How do I deal with this positively though? Do should a horray because someone in a sweatshop got paid a low wage, low but better than nothing? This continues to support the oppressive system. And if it really is the right thing to do then why do I feel so shitty right now?

How would I want to be treated? This comes back to my one and only rule: treat other the way you want to be treated. I think personally i’d want to work in a fair environment with pleasant conditions that allow me to lead a pleasant life.

I guess there’s a difference between doing what’s right and doing what’s easy and I understand that sometimes doing the right thing is challenging but how do you separate challenging from wrong?

Here’s to better buying practices! Let’s do it!

THANK YOU!

As I was leaving home yesterday I got the Blends Apparel T-Shirt that I won through SuperForest’s challenge: How am I living SuperForest. I  received (or transceived SHIRT PUN!) the eLOVEator (womens) shirt and am very happy with it. Even the packaging was eco-friendly!

I hadn’t seen SuperForest Mickie’s contest entry until today but I was surprised to see that we have had similar experiences in life. I sometimes feel as though Jason Mraz’s blog has led me to all good things in life or that all good things in life led me to Jason Mraz’s blog… either way it has been an important and wonderful part of my journey. Smiling and making conversation are important skills that I am very grateful to have developed and it was nice to read that someone else also values those things. I found my own entry to be a bit cheesy but I hope it was helpful for someone else, even if it makes me cringe a little haha!

I was pleasantly surprised that my package also came with a note…

THANK YOU to Blend Apparel, Jon Marro, and SuperForest for all being awesome!