Raise Your Fashion Sense - Why Ethical Shopping Is Important


"When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world." ~ John Muir
This quote, as I've stated before, is the theme quote of the mission of Beau Monde Organics. I chose it because it reminds us that we are all connected, and that all actions have consequence, even when we cannot see it. Seems like the more you look, the more you realize so many things we love have a dark side to them. It makes you want to just bury you head in the sand. Sadly, though, that just won't make the problem go away.
But it is this discovery that is the crux of the Organic & Fair Trade movement. We believe it just shouldn't be so that beautiful things come at the cost of another human beings suffering. Last month I spoke to you about the importance of Fair Trade business in the flower industry. There are issues, not just with flowers, but suffice it to say that I encourage you to look for Fair Trade whenever you buy, chocolates, coffees, teas, and many beauty products as well. But today, I am fousing on the fashion industry. I'd like to request you to at least consider to change your shopping habits.
Think, for a minute, about whether you like your job. Do you complain about it? Feeling pressured to perform, think you're underpaid? Your boss doesn't treat you well? It may very well be true. But consider another perspective: how would you like to work for 12-16 hours a day, every day? How would you like to work for $35.00...a MONTH? How would you like to have your boss shout at you, slap and humiliate you and even attack or molest you, and then call the police to arrest you if you complained? You laugh. You think I exaggerate. But you'd be wrong. I'm not even going to get into how ugly it is for some people in third world countries who make the apparel for large companies in the United States. Some care. Most don't, and claim that they "can't" do anything about it. But they can. They should. And they would, if some people would just choose to not buy from them, unless they change their practices. I'm suggesting that someone might be you. Child labor, slave-like sweat-shops, terribly uncomfortable and unhealthy working conditions, and disgracefully low pay are not only real, they are the norm in some countries. It used to be like that in America, too. But, like here, it does not have to stay that way.
If you are interested in learning of the realities, you can use Google to search the issue. You can read 2 stories I like: here and here. Or you can just buy Fair Trade and American made, be prepared to pay a little more, and get some good quality threads that will last and that you can feel good about! Would you be interested to change, or not?