Fall is here, which means colder weather and, for some teens, a reason to buy new clothes. But purchasing a new wardrobe can be problematic if you’re looking to balance style, affordability, and ethics. How should teens balance affordability, style and ethics when it comes to buying clothing?
Would you pay more for clothes if they were manufactured ethically i.e. produced in a factory with fair working conditions and wages? What would ethical shopping look like to you? Before answering, look at a garment that you recently purchased and find out the brand and where it was made. Take a picture and tweet it with the info (or post it in the comments section below).
Last week a garment factory building collapsed in Bangladesh, leaving over 500 workers dead. Labor organizers argue that this tragedy could have easily been prevented if there were regulations put in place in the factories to ensure safer working conditions. However, the lack of regulations allows for fashion companies to pay less money for the manufacturing cost of their clothing which makes it cheaper for people to buy the products in stores. Should the effort to sell clothing at such a low price justify hiring garment factories with poor and dangerous working conditions?