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In 2020, conscientious consumers are more concerned than ever about the effects of their purchases when it comes to fast fashion on the environment and on human rights. Because cheap, unsustainable materials are highly cost-efficient, and because unregulated foreign workers can produce garments at significantly lower costs than domestic workers, environmentally and ethically questionable practices have become sadly common in the modern fashion world.
Fortunately, many companies have opted to adopt higher ethical standards and finding these companies simply requires a little work on your part.
Whether you are looking to shop for women’s shoes online, or men’s suits at a physical store, there are several things you should always be doing.
How to Stop Buying Fast Fashion
1. Avoid Deals that Are Too Good to Be True
Generally, high-quality clothes at an extremely low price are too good to be true. Unless the items in question are being sold for clearance, extremely low prices usually indicate either poor quality or low ethical standards. Often, cheap items are made affordable through the use of both unsustainable materials and unregulated human labor.
Whenever you see a deal that seems too good to be true, you should investigate further. Realize that better quality items are likely to pay for themselves over time since they tend to last longer.
Do not purchase cheap items with the intention of purchasing another as soon as the first item becomes worn out.
2. Investigate Where Garments Are Made and Where Materials Are Sourced
While it is relatively rare to find companies that produce all of their materials in the United States, it is always a good sign when at least some materials are domestically produced. Of course, there are many other countries with ethical standards comparable to the United States.
New Zealand, Australia, Scandinavia, and Canada are among the most conscious fashion producers on the planet. Less affluent nations are capable of hosting fairtrade work environments, but positive conditions are often difficult for consumers to verify.
In some cases, third parties certify that production conditions are appropriate for workers, so you should look for these certifications while shopping. When looking for timberland boots on sale, for example, you may find that cotton is sourced from fairtrade producers, so this is a good sign.
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3. Do Some Background Research
If you do any of your shopping at major clothing retailers, you can find plenty of online resources on each company’s ethical track record. Reputable fashion blogs are just one such resource.
While company websites are likely to boast about their own certifications or qualifications, it is important that you look for independent sources of information to verify any such claims. Certain brands are notorious for environmental, human rights, and animal welfare violations, so these are relatively easy to identify online.
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Generally, companies that use sustainable or recyclable materials, produce garments that are free of pollutants, and pay workers a living wage are not considered fast fashion.
Learning to investigate companies when it comes to fast fashion on your own takes a little time, but the work you put in will pay off. When you know what to look for, you will learn to spot legitimate deals over questionable ones. Soon you will be buying name brand shoes for cheap with a clear conscience.
So this was it for today. I hope you have found reading How to Stop Buying Fast Fashion Helpful.
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