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Fast Fashion - A Parable

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Fast Fashion - A Parable

The other day, two ladies were browsing our sale rack just outside the store.  I was inside and heard them commenting on how cute the clothes were. When they got to the end of the rack, one of them said, “$99 are you F#@$’ing kidding me?”  They were looking at an ethically made dress from our partner in Portugal (BTW, it’s on sale at 40% off of $99 in the store).  I wanted to run outside and explain to her why our boutique may seem expensive compared to shopping at fast fashion retail stores.  They didn’t bother to come into the shop, and I was left realizing what a long way we have to go as a society in understanding and recognizing what fair labor practices are in the garment industry. Afterall, education is a key piece to our vision and trust me, we are still learning too!  

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Parenting Tips - How To Start the Conversation About Fast Fashion and Human Trafficking

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Parenting Tips  - How To Start the Conversation About Fast Fashion and Human Trafficking

As the parents of two teenage girls who LOVE to shop (we don’t know where that comes from, promise), and the owners of an eco-conscious/ethical practices boutique, we often have the dilemma of our girls shopping at companies we aren’t huge fans of.

We don’t expect them to love the clothes and jewelry we offer since they are not our demographic.  But, we do want them to be aware of the brands they choose to support, and who makes those clothes. 

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Who Made This and What is Their Quality of Life?

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Who Made This and What is Their Quality of Life?

Human trafficking can show up in the fashion industry in many ways whether people are forced to work, lured by misrepresentations or even coerrced by threats.  I don’t want any part of that and I suspect neither do you!  I don’t believe that saving money at the expense of another human is worth it!  Fast fashion has generated a need for companies to find ways to make clothes at a lower cost in order to keep up with the trends and produce things rapidly and sell them at low prices.  This starts the cycle - we are a society of people filled with Willy Wonka’s Varuca Salt mentality of “I want it now!”.  

At Ginger Threads Collections, we are committed to sustainable fashion.  What that means to us is that the clothing and accessories that we sell are made ethically, paying a fair wage to employees, and using eco-friendly practices and fabrics.  In closing, we want you to know that we are founded on this premise and because of that we are putting our money towards helping victims of human trafficking - 10% of our proceeds to be exact!  

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