Clothing and Footwear

What we wear is a reflection of who we are. With every garment we purchase, we are supporting the methods of production that created it. We are deciding whether the person who made it is paid a living wage, and what environmental standards are used in manufacturing it.  We are also deciding what we want next to our skin, our largest (and therefore most absorbent) organ.  Our clothing and footwear choices provide a powerful opportunity to positively impact people and planet.

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The vast majority of the clothing we buy is made in developing countries, where there is little or no workplace or environmental oversight.  When ‘cheap’ is our only standard as consumers, chances are good that we are supporting sweatshops, child labor (or even human trafficking), and the worst polluters in the industry.1

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Top Ten Tips for a Sustainable Closet

  1. Buy gently used clothing and shoes
  2. Mend or alter things before tossing them at the first sign of wear
  3. Buy quality and take good care of your things, so they will last. Don’t buy more than you need.
  4. Buy 100% certified organic clothing (look for the OCA (Organic Consumer’s Association) or OTA (Organic Trade Association) certification.
  5. Buy Fair Trade certified items. They should be labeled as such.
  6. Do a little digging. Find out if the brands you buy have a fair labor policy. How are their policies enforced and monitored? This information should be on the company’s website.
  7. Check out Green America's Responsible Shopper web page, and find out what companies are highly rated, and which are notorious abusers of workers rights or the environment.
  8. Opt for natural fabrics, such as silk, wool, cotton, tencel, hemp, or bamboo, over synthetic or manufactured fibers, such as nylon, rayon, viscose, modal, lycra, or polyester.
  9. Buy locally produced clothing and footwear, where business practices are easy to verify.
  10. Ask retailers about the social and environmental standards of their suppliers. If they don’t know, don’t shop there; Or research it, and let the retailer know the results.

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