Being a responsible global citizen takes a lot of work.
We can start with taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. Next, we branch out into the environment and global causes. After that, maybe we try to spread the good word about health, kindness, environmentalism, and all things positive. Soon, it can all get a bit overwhelming. There are so many choices we make everyday that affect WAY more than just ourselves.
Clothing is an easy area to overlook. If you're trying to reduce material spending so that you can shop organic and fair trade and donate to charity, you may be eyeing that 2 for $10 deal on the discount rack.
The thing is, this is another choice.
- Where was that shirt made?
- Who made it?
- How much gas did it take to get here?
- What is it made from?
- Does it in anyway negatively impact the environment, the people that made it, or my body?
See? Overwhelming! And these questions can be asked about any purchase we make. In the case of clothing, the ideal would be natural fibers made locally by willing craftspeople who are earning a fair wage for their work. If you can make them yourself, all the better for your pocketbook!
Finding Earth Friendly Clothing
Consider researching online for companies that offer these products, or try talking to the folks at your local farmers' market. If anyone knows a good local clothier, it'd no doubt be them. Try to take this mindset to the things you buy for your home as well. Place mats, art, music, furniture, napkins... it all comes from somewhere. Why not have it benefit the earth?