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    Would you buy Eco-friendly / Ethical clothing if..

    created by Tera Ricshon 160 days 5 hours 44 minutes ago

    Category: Entertainment

    Would you buy Eco-friendly / Ethical clothing if..

    Howdy Everyone,

    Would you buy eco-friendly and ethical clothing if it cost twice as much? Why? Do you feel as if you have to much clothing? Do you wear all of the clothes that you own?

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    I will not answer this question until after I hear what you all have to say, to not influence your opinion!

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    Thanks for reading!

    ~Tera~

    Re: Would you buy Eco-friendly / Ethical clothing if..

    Hello Tera - If the clothing would hold up the same way that the "regular" clothing did, then the money might definitely be worth it. I am a big fan of buying quality and not quantity, especially at a premium price.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking question!

    - Kara

    Re: Would you buy Eco-friendly / Ethical clothing if..

    Hi Tera,

    I would definitely buy eco-friendly clothing if the quality was twice as good as what I have now. Most of the clothes I own are from thrift stores, so they are used. Most of the quality is good, some of it bad. I know many people who are quality over quantity and will own only three pairs of jeans, two leggings, and maybe two shorts and all of it designer-quality clothing.

    However, most people, including myself, cannot afford this. The tricky thing becomes, "Why would someone buy that eco-friendly clothing when they could find the same quality cheaper elsewhere?" It becomes a matter of selling more than clothing. There are better computers than Apple, yet Apple is unimaginably successful because they sell more than just a product. They sell a lifestyle and purpose. They sell themselves. They also dominate the industry, so that pretty incredible.

    Bring it back to clothing, why is Vogue magazine so successful? What do top brands, such as Coach, Vendi, and Chanel do to dominate the fashion industry? Why should someone shop at those name brand designers when they could find just as good clothes as Fred Meyers does? All good stuff to think about!

    Cheers!

    Song

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    Why Apple Is The Most Successful Company In History - https://www.computerworld.com/article/2883747/why-apple-is-the-most-successful-company-in-history.html
    10 Most Powerful Luxury Fashion Brands In The World - http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/fashion/10-most-powerful-luxury-fashion-brands-in-the-world/

    Re: Would you buy Eco-friendly / Ethical clothing if..

    Hi Tera,

    I think the problem is that I don't believe that there is a fully ethical way to manufacture clothing under the current system. Furthermore, getting upset at people for not buying the ethical/environmental choice is often completely unfounded and from a place of privilege. Most people simply can't afford to buy organic foods, or buy clothing that costs twice as much as the other brand. If you have the ability to do so, you should go for the more ethical source. But most people don't, and I see a lot of rich people acting superior for buying eco-friendly foods or whatever when others would literally starve if they were forced to get the more expensive option.

    As for clothing manufacturing, even with generous assumptions it still ends up being unethical. Somebody has to gather the raw materials, somebody has to manufacture them, somebody has to pack and ship them, and somebody has to sell them. Could it honestly be promised that every single one of these people will be paid a living wage for their work? Even if materials aren't stolen from some other country and every single worker is paid a living wage (which doesn't currently happen for /any/ large company) there is still the problem of coercion. When those workers have to either do that job or literally starve, then the bosses have immense power over them. Its coercive in that you either have to place yourself into a power structure and open yourself to exploitation, or else you might suffer or die. And this is under best case scenarios. There is no such thing as fully ethical consumption. It's still valuable to go for the /most/ ethical source, but pretending that its fully ethical erases other systemic issues. And if people don't have the ability to go "ethical", then I have no right to judge them for that.

    This is all a very roundabout way of saying no, I wouldn't buy the clothes in this scenario. I don't have the money, and if I did, it could probably go to better places that help more people in more concrete ways than just buying slightly more ethical products.

    All the best,
    Matt

    Re: Would you buy Eco-friendly / Ethical clothing if..

    Hey Tera!

    Honestly speaking, I wouldn't spend that much on eco-friendly clothing. Why should I spend more money on something that I could make last just as long as any other product? I usually shop at thrift stores nowadays because the longevity of an article of clothing at a brand name store lasts just as long.

    I do feel that I have too much clothing, and whenever I find myself cleaning out my room, I fill up at least one garbage bag of clothes I don't wear anymore and end up donating it.

    I don't wear all of the clothes that I own. I think I recycle through the same shirts every week.

    - Kyle

    Re: Would you buy Eco-friendly / Ethical clothing if..

    Hi Tera,

    Based on my current financial status, I would not pay twice as much for eco-friendly and ethical clothing because I am too broke to afford that. I barely have a wardrobe as it is, so spending a lot of money on a small amount of clothes is not a realistic option for me. However, I would love to invest in some eco-friendly and ethical clothing pieces in the future! If I find a great piece, like a fun dress that I could wear to work or something, I'd definitely put money towards a company with great morals.

    I feel like I do NOT have a lot of clothing. I wear everything I own and donate what I don't wear anymore. I am also horrible at spending money on clothes so I don't have a huge wardrobe.

    Interesting forum, can't wait to hear what you think about this topic as well.

    Brittany

    Re: Would you buy Eco-friendly / Ethical clothing if..

    Howdy Everyone,

    Thank you all of the wonderful responses!

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    I would buy eco-friendly and ethical clothing even if it cost twice as much. I do own quite a bit of clothing that I end up never wearing. I probably need to just donate it, but clothing donations actually ruin the industry. Most clothes donated end-up in third-world countries who main form of profit is making clothing, so you ruin their marketplace which is just sad.

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    @OSilentNightOwl - Most people have a desire to work. I feel as if your base assumption is that people do not have this desire and therefore them simply doing work is unethical. There are plenty of garment makers who absolutely love creating clothes, to sell and for others to wear. Most third-world countries that we outsource our garments to be created were already huge into making garments (for themselves). The problem lies in the exploitation of these people. I don't think anyone should be looked badly upon for not going ethical. Paying double for a similar quality product feels like high-way robbery. I just think if we want to end a cycle then the first step starts within ourselves.

    Thanks for reading!

    ~Tera~