I stopped buying from china a while ago. Between the pet food scandal, the child-toys horror stories, and stories of people in factories with unacceptable working conditions…. I’ve opted out. It’s not easy (just try opting out!) but there are fewer and fewer items with the Made In China label in my house.
Saturday I went to a warehouse sale for clothing items that are eco-friendly. Made with natural products and using soy/hemp instead of cotton (which apparently requires a lot of chemicals to be dumped on the soil) the brand was all about people feeling good because they were participating in changing the world plus giving their skin a better experience.
I found a great black turtleneck sweater (a staple in my wardrobe).
It was made in China.
I bought it anyways, but the feel-good factor plummetted.
Readers, here’s my question: Can we be truly eco-friendly, without being people-friendly? Why is it that we are increasingly oriented to Green, yet don’t make equal efforts to bring change in human rights and alleviating poverty?