Case: Clothing

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For a while you have needed new clothes. This Saturday it is going to happen: You are going to buy yourself a whole new wardrobe. Your plan is to go the H&M at first. There they always have nice clothes and it is not too expensive. Actually everyone buys clothes there now and then. How could it be that their clothes are so much cheaper than clothes in other stores?
You have heard before that some clothes are cheap, because they are produced in Taiwan or China, by people who have to work 12 hours per day and earn very little money. If that is true, you should in fact not buy those clothes. But on the other hand: clothes from other stores are not logically better for those people. Are there shops that actually take care of the people that work for them? Besides, if no one buys clothes from low-wage countries, the people of those countries wouldn’t earn any money at all.

And then something else: Fabric for clothing is produced in factories. Those factories are situated elsewhere. Not all clothes are made out of the same fabrics. Some fabrics are more comfortable to wear than others, or stay nice longer. Yet some fabrics are very bad for the environment. For example most farms growing cotton pay not much attention to the environment. The synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon sometimes contain the toxic PVC. So if you buy a T-shirt with PVC print, that will affect the environment as well.

It seems that there is no way to do it right! But is that true? You want to buy clothes that are not bad for the environment and people on the other side of the globe, and pretty fashionable and not too expensive: Is that possible? Where can you go?

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