Ethical clothing

A wholesome (albeit cynical) view on ethical shopping. In a world where we pay attention to our coffee, cocoa, and tea being Fair-trade certified / sustainably grown and produced, I think it’s rather sad that we pay next to no attention to where our clothes come from.

From the HuffPost:


I’d given this limited thought, until I visited clothing stores in Sri Lanka where, (positively) surprisingly, a good number of clothes had eco-friendly and ethical tags.

My point being, the next time you pick up a cheap t-shirt from Tar-jay (Target to the rest of you*), or K-mart, check the label. Because, if you can afford it, an ethically produced,  child-labour free  cotton t-shirt with a ‘Made in Bangladesh’ label, for just a few dollars more might be worth it in the long run.

Akanksha Singh Travel Blog Teal Rain Boots

*Edit: Target Australia highlights their ethical sourcing beliefs on their website.


Author: Akanksha Singh

Twenty-something travel addict || Likes: coffee, sarcasm, the Oxford comma, blue skies, and cobblestone roads. || Dislikes: rudeness, carrots, and pigeons (read: winged-rats with satanic eyes).

2 thoughts on “Ethical clothing”

  1. There are quite a few clothing outlets that *say* they don’t exploit their producers, but can we believe them? Do they actually *check*?


    1. Could have sworn I’d replied to this!

      Fair questions, Keith. I guess that comes down to the ethics of being ethical. Hopefully (in addition to routine checks by some sort of certifying organisation), ethical clothing companies are being honest about being ethical.


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