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Conscientious Consumers: Three Things to Consider ...

reef-sandalsWith the development of the internet, the world seemed to become a lot smaller of a place. News travels so much faster now, and needs and concerns around the world become the concerns of responsible citizens in any nation. A lot of information is out there about ethical business practices when it comes to clothing manufacturing, but it can be difficult to figure out what questions everyone should ask before purchasing apparel. Here’s a brief guide of the most essential questions to ask, and some examples of what to look for.

Is the Production of This Product Harmful to the Earth?

Many companies are so focused on high production and staying far into the black that they strip the earth of natural resources and pollute lakes and rivers. Pollution doesn’t just harm plant and habitats. It can also make animals and humans very sick, or contaminate essential resources, such as a water source for a village. Look for products that are made out of natural materials, such as Reef Sandals. This company has high environmental standards for their women’s sandals and sandals for men, as well as comfortable shoes for women. Do your research before purchasing shoes, even if they’re cute and on sale. Nowadays, there’s probably a brand out there that makes something similar to what you like but has ethical practices to serve the earth.

Is the Production of This Product Enslaving People?

Unfortunately, we live in a world where those with power often further enslave the oppressed. It may seem difficult to believe in the developing world, but many people in the developing world are forced to work taxing jobs for little pay and are manipulated into staying at these jobs. Some of these individuals are even children or women whose husbands are no longer able to work. Check the production line as much as you can when purchasing clothing. If you can, trace it even as far back as the manufacturing of the fabric. Purchase items that are made by free artisans.

Do I Really Need This?

Excessive consumerism can tax the earth. Our insatiable desire for more stuff can be detrimental to the earth’s resources. Living simply is a great way to save resources and inspire friends to do the same.

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Wardrobe Updates: Saving Money on Seasonal Fashion

maxi-skirtWe’re already over halfway into summer, and very soon summer clothes are going to be on the clearance rack, offering deep discounts on items that are especially related to summer style. Bathing suits, cover-ups, shorts, tank tops, and lightweight skirts are just a few of the items that will be deeply discounted in the coming weeks.

It can get expensive to try to purchase new clothes every time a new season begins, but you also want to make sure you and your kids have the clothes you all need to be well-dressed each season. Here are a few tips for saving money on seasonal fashion.

Shop for Versatile Items

No matter what climate you live in, some clothing items are quite versatile and can be worn during any season when paired with the right items. Get more bang for your buck by investing in some of these items to wear year-round. A maxi skirt has great versatility, because it can be worn in the spring and summer months with a feminine tank top, and it transitions easily into fall by adding a pair of tights and a light sweater. Patterned leggings are also a great piece to add to your wardrobe. They are easy to wear to amusement parks in the summer, with a light top, but they also move into fall by adding a pair of boots and a loose sweater. Rue21 has some great options for both items.

Shop Clearance and Hold Items

Most of us aren’t on the cutting edge of fashion, and style goes more by decades or chunks of a few years instead of year-by-year. Chances are that classic items with a modern cut will still be relevant to wear next year, as long as they’re not too trendy. As items go on clearance this summer, especially bathing suits, tank tops, shorts, and other staples, purchase items for next summer while they’re on clearance. You’ll save a lot of money and have a whole new wardrobe to look forward to when the summer rolls around again. It will come more quickly than you think.

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