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Ethical Womens clothing and China should I/shouldn't I?
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Ok, here goes... I'm a 55 year old northern mother of one grown up daughter. I'm not a size 0 (10-12) and I'm not 6' tall (5'3"). I try to 'dress' for my body shape/size, I like to look up-to-date but don't necessarily follow fashion trends. I have a dog and I work from home, pretty average. I'm in the fortunate position (after working hard for the past forty years) that I can, to a certain degree, pick and choose where I buy my clothes from, although I still have my limits - I'm northern after all. I'm trying to shop for any new clothes I buy sensibly and sustainably by buying less and by checking where companies are based (for tax reasons), where the clothes are made ( for humanitarian reasons) and where the cloth is sourced (for sustainability reasons) etcetera. This is a minefield. I've thought about boycotting Chinese made clothing (Re: Uighur detention camps, just for starters) however, when I look deeper into a company's ethical policies (take Seasalt, just for an example) they make everything sound hunky-dory and I'm left feeling as though I might even be putting decent people out of a job if I (and others of course, not just me) stop buying items just because they are made in China. Similarly Toa.st, my favourite brand, (not UK owned anymore but UK based), have a very concise ethical policy which specifically mentions China, but does this excuse me? I'd rather buy British and boost our own economy but affordable British brands are rarely made in the UK (Community Clothing I know of, although what I like is usually out of stock) and even if they are, the fabrics are of course usually sourced from other countries, and they tend to cater for the young/slim/tall. Can anyone shed any sensible light on the situation and give me some practical advice. I'm so confused and guilt-ridden I could be thread-bare by Christmas 2025!
Thank you in advance.
Thank you in advance.