It's a bitter pill to swallow when a newly purchased top starts falling apart at the seams before we even get to debut it at work, when the buttons of our new cardigan instantly unravel at the touch of a rowdy toddler, or when jeans go from perfect fit to saggy bottom bummer. One may find themselves thinking "Did I buy these clothes for life or to hang, untouched, in a museum?!?"
At My New Neighbour, we believe that shopping ethically is about more than who you buy from, it's also about how you shop. Buying a garment that is made ethically means you are supporting the dignity of the people and places that came together for that piece of clothing. Buying a garment that is made to last means you are putting less burden on our natural resources to support our often excessive desire for "new" things and spending less money in the long run.
These days it is possible to produce clothing at increasingly lower prices thanks to the vast outsourcing of labour and materials to developing countries. Clothing prices are often so low that consumers are able to think of the clothing as disposable. The term "fast fashion" has risen from this type of consumption, where clothing is likened to fast food…quick, cheap and not very healthy.