Wednesday, May 15, 2013
More along those lines
American Eagle Denim Jacket, Tee Shirt and Necklace
J.Crew skirt (thrifted)
Leather clutch (no label-thrifted)
Franco Leather Sandels
Icing ring and Headband
Whoa, I really do wear this jacket a lot. Um, I guess that means it was a good purchase? (Actually it was a good one in my book, I got both this and my green embroidered jacket on the 40% off sale and I was able to stack some coupons so I ended up getting each one for a little under $20.)
I talk a little while back about being more intentional with my purchases and where I buy them from. I've been trying to research the companies that I normally buy my clothes from too see where they fall on their labor practices and such. I think I'm going to stop shopping at Old Navy because they don't seem to be big on factory inspections and to me, that's one of the big things. While I like shopping at local stores and I do try very hard to support our local businesses it's pretty(extremely) expensive to buy everything from them and while working conditions are questionable by our standards factory jobs are a pretty big deal. (So not shopping doesn't really help the people, the companies just shut the factories down and go somewhere else.) At the end of the day, in order to support fair labor practices and safe working conditions, it really is up to each and every company to make sure that their factories are safe and that they spend some money on safety practices. It's pretty naive to ask companies to take a hit on their profits but you know, when you improve your working places, only good can come from that.
Ugh, that was word vomit. Let's see if I can say that is a simplier form.
I want to support companies who put some of their money into factory inspections and actually take the time and money to inspect and do repairs.
I will try to shop local and if I don't need anything I DON'T BUY ANYTHING. I do not "need all of the things!" and I want to not be so compulsive I've worked really hard on this and I've saved my money to put it towards things I love, like this jacket. Even though it was originally spendy (at least in my book) I really wanted it and I saved and waited for a sale.
I will try to mostly thrift. I really, really don't like waste in any aspect and thrifting clothes is a way to keep them out of the landfill. However, this doesn't not mean I should just throw away my money on ill fitting things. Same deal as the retail stores, if I don't love it, I don't buy it.
I have been thinking about eco items and I'm not all of the way sold on them. Organic cotton has some HUGE pitfalls, the biggest being that in order for the cotton to be organic, it can't have any chemicals or pesticides spread on it. This means sprays for mosquitoes carrying malaria are a no-go around cotton fields and it makes me furious to think that in order to ease my poor ego about being "eco friendly" someone dies. Some eco things are great though, like trying to cut down on the amount of water needed for creating jeans, we really do not need to waste all of our fresh water on jeans from F21.
So there, my thoughts are still not "together" but it's such a big issue, it's kind of frightening to tackle I don't want to just throw my hands up and say oh well though, so I'm going to keep working on this and I'll try to type up a post at some point that is a little bit cohesive and easy to read.
Easy to read? Heh, that's rich...