I’m a proponent of eco-conscious fashion purchases. I cringe when I see “made in China” on the tag and my heart sinks a little when an article of clothing is made in Indonesia, Vietnam, or Cambodia. I don’t just see clothing, I see child labour, unsafe working conditions, cheap garments, and environmental hazards.
I’m writing this because as much as I try to make intelligent fashion choices, I find it difficult to always live by those standards. It’s hard to find pieces that fit the profile and they are significantly expensive. It's disappointing that locally made clothing is a rarity; it should be the default.
I bought a piece from Club Monaco a few weeks ago. It's this gorgeous sleeveless trench coat in navy blue twill. I’m still trying to figure out how to effectively wear a vest, but that’s besides the point. The vest is made in China as are most of the merchandise at Club Monaco. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all beautiful – this summer’s collection was their best yet – but I have a hard time buying something knowing the processes that go into its manufacture. Pardon me, I say I know what it takes to make such a piece, but I have no idea and I thankfully never will.
I do my best to be a conscious consumer and sometimes my choices reflect a different morality. I find at times that I compromise and it's like I'm going backwards. I’m grateful that I have the option for these choices; many people don't have this liberty. So let’s talk about it. How do your choices reflect your morals? Do you compromise? Is it okay to make a choice well knowing its negative impact? Would love to know of ways I can improve.