If you follow me on Pinterest, then you've probably noticed my recent social responsibility craze.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I want to be more intentional in my purchases by supporting retailers who operate ethically, especially when it comes to human rights. I definitely appreciate that the factories producing our clothing are providing jobs to those who really need them; the issue I have is with the horrible working conditions, human trafficking, and slavery within the industry.

I have no crazy notions of single-handedly ending this injustice, and my abstinence on its own is not going to make much of a dent in the system. But it's a start, albeit a small one.

I started by doing a little digging and contacting some of the retailers that I frequent. After hours of research, I almost feel like I know less than I did before. I have more questions than answers:

I am so darn frustrated by the lack of transparency in the industry. The world shouldn't be like this, but it is.
It's a mess. I'm a mess. Trying to make concrete decisions in such a gray area has been pretty stressful, and if I'm honest, the selfish part of me is actually feeling a bit sorry for myself. I didn't really go into this expecting to be convicted of my own selfishness, but hey, God works in mysterious ways.

I've had to accept that I'm not going to be perfect at this. I can't afford fair trade goods all of the time, and even fair trade is a controversial topic! There is no clarity in this process, but drawing from what I've learned, here is what I'm currently planning to do:

The principles that this list is founded on are principles that I want to hold fast to, but the list itself may evolve over time. I'm not entirely sure if this is the best way for me to act on the knowledge I've obtained. How do we react when we see such terrible things happening? What is the appropriate response? It's in moments like this that I find myself desperately praying for wisdom.

Ok, enough of me talking. What do you think? How can we as consumers best approach the unethical practices of the fashion industry?

Thank you for reading!

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