Embracing "a greener way of living" is fashionable.
There is pressure to think and act responsibly to help reduce our personal carbon footprint.
Purchasing goods from companies whose business practice is to be mindful of their impact on our planet is the ethical way to shop. Everybody wins.
I have purchased clothing from the Canadian Company Joe Fresh in the past...
and more recently Walmart.
I have found the clothing to be economically priced and well made.
The Weston family company employed workers in India where a terrible accident occured.
Sadly many workers perished. I wonder if the company knew of the conditions where these workers were employed and if they did, why would they allow people to work in such deplorable conditions?
Ultimately the standards for construction and engineers were most likely responsible for the building's collapse.
You can find more detailed information on the internet if you are interested.
The company spoke to the press after this tragedy and said that they would stand by the workers and their families and offer compensation to those children who suffered the loss of a parent in the factory collapse.
One can remain cautiously optimistic that improvements will be made and that safe conditions and standards will be maintained.
How are we to know if the workers who make our garments are treated fairly or paid a living wage?
Should that influence our spending habits?
If we do not know do we care?
"out of sight out of mind."
I am just putting it out there as I am curious how you feel about this topic.
This great garden tote is made form recycled rubber tires
it is durable and very attractive.
I can't bring myself to get it dirty just yet!
That and the cats like to jump inside it and curl up for a nap.
Pacific Rim Brackets
is a company based in Vancouver
Do you know where the clothes you are wearing were made?
Do you care if they were produced in unsafe factories or made by children?
I'm not very confident that I am as informed as I should be nor do I feel that I am an ethically savvy shopper...
do you have any thoughts on the issue?
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We've enjoyed a mild sunny Saturday here in Victoria.
One that allowed us to walk along the waterfront and out on the breakwater and back.
I've got homemade clam chowder simmering on the stove for dinner tonight...
I am planning our first of the season prime rib of beef dinner tomorrow evening.
Hoping that our lovely daughter and her man will share the feast with us.
Ina Garten's Apple Crostada will be dessert and I plan to have a long walk to compensate for eating a slice!
I am currently reading Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behaviour and am halfway through...
she is a seriously gifted writer.
The people in the novel are dirt poor and you really feel that poverty.
I feel such empathy and respect for those who struggle to provide for their families.
I am humbled and counting my blessings for so many things.
like a warm home, clean water and food.
I wish you Joy in your daily round.