the moral wardrobe: a long time coming

dark red coat fall outfitold navy blanket coat

So, I wore this on Thanksgiving. I hesitated to post it after reading that children were found working at an Old Navy production facility in Bangladesh. More recent reports also note that 70% of Gap Inc.’s production takes place at a factory where workers are “routinely forced to work over 100 hours a week, while being shortchanged of their legal wages — which are already well below subsistence levels” (Global Labour Rights).

Gap Inc. is often listed as a top ethical company for its policies, but it’s becoming more and more clear that the company doesn’t actually follow its own rules. That coat is the last thing I plan on buying from the company until they can guarantee proper regulation.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Dress – vintage
  • Leggings – ModCloth (old)
  • Boots – vintage
  • Coat – Old Navy
  • Cardigan – thrifted

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About Leah

I have a vintage clothing company called Platinum & Rust (.com). I'm also passionate about fair trade and sustainability issues; I work at a fair trade, organic coffee shop and blog about sustainable fashion at StyleWiseGuide.com.
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3 Responses to the moral wardrobe: a long time coming

  1. Janaya says:

    I am really glad that I found your blog. I’m under-educated about ethical clothing choices. For the past two years I’ve committed to only buying from thrift stores, but I’m looking forward to learning other ethical clothing choices. 😀

    • leahwise says:

      That’s awesome that you buy only secondhand! I think that’s one of the clearest ways in the short term to reduce waste and boycott the fast fashion market.

      I’m still exploring what ethical consumerism means to me. I’m glad you found my blog!

    • Sonya Mann says:

      Seconding this comment in its entirety. I also only buy from thrift stores and am delighted to have encountered this blog!

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