Sunday, April 07, 2013

More on Fair, or maybe just Fast, Fashion

As a follow up to my posting about the Fair Trade USA certification pilot for clothing, a couple folks reached me off-line or via Linked In to suggest resources.  If you want to dig deeper into ethical fashion issues, you might want to listen to the NPR series, "The Fast World of Fast Fashion."  If academia is more your style, check out the one-minute MBA segment, "The Business of Fast Fashion."

The premise of this blog, in a way, is that we need to be informed consumers and then take action according to our values.  The analysts of BBMG conduct study after study advancing the notion that when we shop our values we shape market trends. That's an encouraging sign, but take note that progress is slower than we think and the stakes are high for factory workers.  A recent article in Salon details the work of labor activists, and the importance of individual shopping choices, but concludes "Sweatshops still make your clothes." 


  1. Anonymous6:47 AM

    Hi Jackie, Love your blog!
    I represent a Indian hand embroidery org.
    Would love to have a chat with you. How can I contact you?

    1. Hi,
      I'm traveling a lot this May so chatting is difficult, but I am glad to know the blog is of use to you. Good luck with your effort.

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    Would you be able to drop me an email at We have a project we're working on and are wondering if you'd consider passing on the info? Mary Jo

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