Socially conscious shoppers shedding fast fashion

  • Article by: Aimee Blanchette , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 24, 2013 - 4:24 PM

Forget fast fashion. A growing number of socially conscious shoppers want stylish, durable clothes – from U.S.-made to vintage to making their own.

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jtkwiatekJul. 24, 13 5:13 PM

Amen, about time !! Enough with plenty if nothing , poor quality disposable clothes that were not that cheap in the end . I am in awe of the this younger generation. They have priorities and values in the right place.

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mariezzJul. 24, 13 6:04 PM

You can buy clothes sewn in the US (or in fairly bad conditions in US territories that are allowed to use the "Made in USA" label), or sew your own. But the fabric almost certainly is made in countries which have horrible human rights records and unsafe factories.

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LicoriceJul. 24, 13 9:53 PM

Or vice versa, Marlezz. Clothes made with U.S. made fabric but sewn in exploitative foreign factories. Kudos to those who make their own clothes.

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ruphinaJul. 25, 13 8:12 AM

So it is "socially conscious" to purposely refuse to buy clothes made in foreign countries, thus taking workers with crappy low-paying jobs and putting them on the street with no job? Bill G.

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ruphinaJul. 25, 13 8:13 AM

Eventually, we will make the clothes here, but it will only be because the robots can do it faster and cheaper than the sweatshops. Bill G.

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ak13741Jul. 26, 13 9:00 AM

This is an excellent idea and we should embrace the concept. However, keep in mind that to produce 100% American made means supporting garment worker unions who drive the prices higher due to wages and their pension plans. Consumers today want it all, they want it now and they want it cheaply! Don't forget the auto industry who drove production overseas.

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forpeopleJul. 26, 13 5:08 PM

This is a great article. More and more folks are wisely recognizing that it not about consuming more and more. Instead, it is all about consuming quality and only those things that truly bring happiness and health. If one wants to see the ultimate result of over-consumption, one need only to look at the misery and early deaths of the obese.

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