Does the ethical option when shopping always have to cost you more? When it comes to baby clothing we really don’t think so. Ethically produced clothing goes further than just being made from organic materials. It encompasses the whole lifespan of the product. The farmers of the raw materials will have received a fair price for their crop, the workers associated with its manufacture and sale will have received a fair wage whilst working in safe and clean environments. In addition the transportation of the product will have been environmentally responsible with thought to its carbon footprint. These features of ethically produced clothing, which are the complete antithesis of cheap fast fashion, can often lead to higher prices. With price such a key factor in deciding what we buy it comes as little surprise that we may be tempted to buy the less ethical option.
Whilst the ethical option may often cost more at the checkout, over the course of its life it may well be more economical. The quality of the clothing associated with ethical production is superior to that of fast fashion. An organic cotton sleepsuit should withstand more washes and wears, keeping its shape, feel, and colour for longer than a cheaper sleepsuit alternatively made.
Finally ‘cost’ does not just relate to monetary value. In the developed world we really should have a responsibility to understand the social and environmental implications of our purchasing decision. By supporting cheaply made, fast fashion garments we are supporting organisations who turn a blind eye to child labour, the pollution of water systems for whole communities, and the ravaging of farmland through the use of aggressive pesticides.
Thankfully ethical production is gaining more awareness and often is priced very competitively to conventionally produced clothing.
Darlo Ethical Babywear's products are made from 100% organic cotton meaning they are kinder on your babies skin and better for the environment too. All Darlo products also provide a week’s worth of school meals for a child in India.
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