“I don’t have the money to shop ethical. My budget is already too tight.”
Friend, this is probably the easiest excuse to bust. When you’re shopping at Fast Fashion Giant you’re buying poorly constructed, cheap materials that go out of fashion before you can say, “Jiminy Cricket.” Take our Perfect Shirt for example. Built from high quality 100% natural cotton, sewn with love and incredible attention to detail by workers who are paid and treated fairly, your Perfect Shirt will last a heck of a lot longer than something made under duress with poor quality materials. If you get five wears from a Fast Fashion Giant button down shirt before it rips in the underarm, is it really less expensive? Buying fewer better things will save you money in the long run. Save money: shop ethical.
And ps, get yourself on an actual budget and you’ll see that it truly makes “cents” to shop ethical.
“I’m too busy to shop ethical. I have a job, I work out, I have a family, I have to wash my hair ….”
We all make time for what’s important to us. So really, what you’re telling me is that it’s not a priority to make sure the clothes on your back were produced in a way that doesn’t effectively keep people in modern slavery and trash the environment. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, see above. When you’re buying garbage, it’s going to wear out a lot more quickly. Do you really have time to run to Fast Fashion Giant four times a month? Sit in traffic for 45 minutes? Find parking at the mall? Search through a million different mostly tacky options? Stand in the queue for 30 minutes to be rushed into trying things on? Stand in the queue for another 15 minutes to check out? Pop by www.virtu.rocks and see how quickly you can have a well made, ethically produced classic garment delivered right to your door.
“It’s just this one thing. It won’t make a difference to not shop ethical just this once ….”
Every single thing you purchase is a message to Fast Fashion Giant. They produce what you buy. They keep accurate tabs on every single thing that goes out the door and then they produce more and more of it. Because your purchase is a vote and as the saying goes, every vote counts. Furthermore, when you don’t shop ethical it tells ethical producers you don’t want what they have. You’re effectively voting twice! And as any donut lover will tell you, it’s never just one. One turns to five and before you know it, you have a closet full of clothes that tells Fast Fashion Giant you don’t mind if they basically chain a mother of five to a sewing machines and throw pennies at her to quell her requests for fair treatment and pay.
“People in third world countries need jobs! I mean, if I don’t buy this from Fast Fashion Giant they might not have a job. A crappy job is better than nothing.”
Ah, you sound like a real gem. Go ahead and justify your purchase this way, but if you treat all your friends like you treat the people who make your clothes you’re going to be friendless pretty soon. As we said before, every piece of clothing you buy is a message to Fast Fashion Giant. A purchase is a basically a WhatsApp to Mr. Fast Fashion Giant CEO saying, “It’s cool that you pay close to nothing and won’t take basic safety precautions for your workers.”
Do you have any other excuses you hear from friends? Sometimes tough love is needed. Sometimes friends turn a blind eye and need to be smacked around a little to see the impact of their actions. Let us know in the comments if you’ve convinced any friends to start shopping ethically.