The Price of Cheap…Continued

We’ve already addressed the price some pay for the cheap clothing we’re able to purchase: enabling overseas companies to pay near-slave wages, or no wages if garments are produced in prisons by inmates, hazardous working conditions, and the physical toll these sweatshops take on their workers.

We can add an environmental impact to that list, as well, as this ARTICLE notes.

The good news? Perhaps a cultural shift to quality, and frugality.

Enjoy. (And thanks again, David.)

  • BGT

7 thoughts on “The Price of Cheap…Continued

  1. I take great pride in knowing that my tailor/shirtmaker make things on site here, and that products I buy, though expensive, pay everyone a living wage and are sustainable (good quality means less need to frequently replace product). This is one of the great benefits of keeping the same style my grandparents and parents wear, no need to constantly spend money to look trendy!

    Jon

    1. Hello Byron,

      I registered to receive the NY Times climate articles and have attached another link. There are some attention-grabbing comments and stats in this article. It’s a dilemma though and not one with solutions as easy as sometimes suggested in columns on the subject. However, I suppose it is a bit like eating the proverbial elephant: one bite at a time.

      Regards,
      David.

      https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/climate/sustainable-clothing.html

  2. It’s difficult for most humans to comprehend the resources and the supply chain that they draw upon when they press the buy button. Likewise most humans cannot comprehend the environmental impact of their food choices. Even the most environmentally enlightened manufacturers lack full awareness of the impact of their products on the environment – I’m thinking of Patagonia and the way that tiny plastic particles from their jackets are winding up in oceans around the world.

  3. I can proudly say that in the past six months, the sum total of money I’ve spent on clothes has been $12 to dry-clean an overcoat.

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