What does that $5 T-shirt mean to you?
If you think that the $5 is stretched between the big box stores profits, overhead, and then some very small portion would go to the person who made it. Maclean’s had an Article that suggested for a $14 shirt, the worker would receive $0.12. How can they live on this income? They can’t. So by me buying that cheap shirt I am inadvertently perpetuating the cycle of poverty and fast fashion.
What does that $5 T-shirt mean to the person who made it?
I don’t know how many times I have been in a store, tried on a shirt, thought to myself “It’s okay, It’s fine!” looked at the price tag, saw $5 (or whatever cheap amount) and said “I might as well get it for that price, whether I wear it or not”. Many times I have wore the shirt once, maybe twice, then decided I didn’t like or it wasn’t my style and then I give it away or donate it. No big deal right? Only $5!
In case you haven’t heard yet The Fashion Revolution started after 1134 people lost their lives and another 2500 were injured in the Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh. This terrible incident shone a light on the terrible conditions that workers in fast fashion industry face and are forced to work in (because the big brands want to capitalize their profits, and we want that $5 T-shirt). Awful to think that such a tragedy must occur for the rest of us to take notice… If you want to look into this more, check out The True Cost documentary on Netflix! And please, jump on board with the Fashion Revolution #fashrev #whomademyclothes
Tribe of Lambs was invited to a Sustainable Style YYC event last week put on by R.E.A.P. (Respect for the Earth and all People) that focused on how to enjoy ethical/sustainable/compassionate fashion. We thoroughly enjoyed the event, and all the conscious consumers we met that evening. I especially loved the idea that was engrained in the event that:
WE VOTE EVERY TIME WE PURCHASE SOMETHING.
WHAT YOU WEAR, WHAT YOU EAT, WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR SKIN OR EVEN IN YOUR HOME HAS AN IMPACT.
MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR WORLD.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH YOUR DOLLARS!
Shop Compassionately this spring and always.