The inconvenient truth about bargain shoppin

If you’re interested in reducing our carbon footprint and eliminating slave labour, this well worth reading!

Humble Thimble

Here is an interesting book review. Good reading!

http://feistyredhair.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/the-inconvenient-truth-about-bargain-shopping/

Posted on 16/12/2013

I just finished a book that blew my mind. It’s called “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth L. Cline, and it explores the deep, dark problems behind the cheap ‘fast fashion’ that dominates today’s clothing industry. The book examines big retailers like Zara, H&M, Forever 21, Old Navy, Target, and Walmart, and how selling what are essentially ‘disposable’ clothes has horrendous consequences for the whole world.

First, there’s the problem with North American consumerism. Because clothes are cheap, everyone shops a lot. Quality doesn’t really matter because, when a new $15 shirt stretches out in the wash or self-destructs after a few wears, it can be easily replaced by something else that’s just as cheap. So people just keep buying, accumulating, and throwing out. There’s no incentive to take care of…

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