|Photo by Lewis Hine|
But, as Aimee Friedrichsen of the blog "Someone's Gotta Pay" points out, we have cheap things in this country because someone else in another country worked long hours for little pay. Something to think about. My challenge to you is this, the next time you go to the store, ask yourself some simple questions before you throw that t-shirt in your cart:
•Do I REALLY need it? (this should be the first question you ask)
•Where was it made? (look at the tag)
•Could I get this second hand? (not underwear of course)
•Is there an alternative to this item that is made in the USA or by ethical Fair Trade means? (may take a little research)
Maybe by the time you are done asking yourself these questions you will:
A) be so confused and exhausted that you will just skip the t-shirt
B) decide you really don't need it
C) hate me because you don't have a new t-shirt
D) hear your wallet and conscious singing "Halleluia"
E) all of the above
Ever since I started thinking about this, I have been on a mission to "wear what is already in my closet." Just yesterday I put on a shirt that has been hanging around for a while. Guess what? I really enjoyed wearing it! I spruced it up with some bling and was off to class. Sure, it is fun to buy things once in a while, but most of us have WAY more clothes than we need or even wear.
Give away what you don't need/wear to a worthy organization. It will make you feel good that someone else is getting use out of it!
All this being said, I posted about the IOU Project before. It is so great that you can buy clothes (and now SHOES!) and know EXACTLY who made them and where they are from. So cool. If you hop on over to Aimee's blog she is giving away an IOU scarf. Yay! I love the one I ordered (über versatile) and now you can have one too! Enter HERE. Maybe you can spruce up what you already have with the scarf and be on your way! Teresa