Unfortunately, too many of the clothes we buy in the U.S. come from sweatshops in developing countries, where employees work long hours for little pay in often unsafe conditions.  News items in recent years like the 2012 Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire in Dhaka and the 2013 Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse have served to bring these conditions to the attention of the world.  Click here to find sweatshop-free clothing that is changing lives.  Follow the links below to learn more about the dark side of the fashion industry and to make more educated decisions about the clothing you buy.


Consumers for Christ: Reacting to the Best Kept Secret in the West

World Vision Canada: "Who Are You Wearing?"

Mint Press News: "Uzbekistan Still Using Child Slaves to Pick Cotton"

Watch: ​"From Sex Worker to Seamstress: The High Cost of Cheap Clothes"

CTV News: "Bangladeshi Workers Protest Deadly Factory Conditions"​

Watch: BBC News: "Dhaka Building Collapse: Women Pulled Alive from the Rubble"

​FiveThirtyEight: "Where the U.S. Gets Its Clothing: One Year After the Bangladesh Factory Collapse"

The Guardian Interactive Journey: "The Shirt on your Back: The Human Cost of the Bangladeshi Garment Industry"

NY Times: "Retailers Like H&M and Walmart Fall Short of Pledges to Overseas Workers"

Quartz: “H&M, Gap, and Walmart are accused of widespread worker abuse"

International Labor Rights Forum

DW: "Cambodia's Garment Workers Facing New Problems as Wages Rise"

​The Wall Street Journal: "Garment Brands Support Workers' Push for Higher Wages"

Watch: "The 2-Euro T-Shirt: A Social Experiment"

BOOK: Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People Who Make Our Clothes by Kelsey Timmerman

BOOK: Triangle: The Fire That Changed America ​by David Von Drehle

Clean Clothes Campaign

Green America: Sweatshops​​

​For more ETHICAL FASHION SHOPPING GUIDES check out these links:

Change the World by How You Shop's Pinterest Board of Ethical Shopping Guides

The Art of Simple: "Ethical Shopping Guide"

The Root Collective: "The Ethical List E-book" (sign up to receive link)

The Root Collective E-book: "Your Ethical Journal: 7-Steps to Changing Lives With Your Purchases" Slave-Free Christmas Shopping Guides

Busy Mommy: 150+ Social Good Companies with Fair Trade, Buy-One-Give-One​ Products or Who Donate a Portion of the Proceeds

 Root Collective Pinterest Boards (Loads of ethical shopping pins by category!)

Shop With Meaning: Online Ethical Shopping Guide

​Style Wise: Ethical Fashion & Living Shopping Directory

Freestate: Shop Well Be Well Ethical Shopping Lists

​The Good Trade's Ethical Shopping Guides

Still Being Molly: Fair Trade, Ethically Made, Made in the USA Clothing, Fashion, & Product Directory

Global Dream Collective Guide to Conscious Companies

Love Justly: Discounted Ethical Fashion

Evan Brooke: Socially and Environmentally Responsible Brands

Done Good: A free, downloadable browser extension which helps you shop responsibly online

Micah Challenge USA: Ethical Shopping Guide​

RePURPOSE: Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide

The Note Passer: Ethical Fashion Guide

​Rain for Change: Brands to Love

Sara Laughed: Plus-Sized Ethical Fashion

Ethos Collection: Online Shop for Ethical Clothing and Accessories

Thread Book: Trust Who Made Your Clothes

Eco Fashion World: Eco Fashion Guide

​Bien Faire: Ethical Clothing and Shoes Brand List

​Amani Ya Juu's Pinterest Boards on Fair Trade

Life+Style+Justice: Online Guide to Ethical Shopping

​Trend Hunter: 100 Ethical Fair Trade Products

​Oreeko: Connecting you with Organic, Green, Eco & Ethical Businesses Worldwide

Global Steward's Directory of Online Fair Trade Shops

Ecouterre: Online Guide for "Eco Fashion, Sustainable Style, Organic Beauty and Ethical Apparel"

​Ecoripples: Eco-Friendly and Socially Responsible Products

Fair for All Guide: Resources - Ethical Lifestyle Blogs and Shopping Guides

Assessing Atrocity: "The High Cost of Cheap Labor: How to Buy Clothing Without Supporting Slave Labor"

The Good Trade: "​35 Fair Trade and Ethical Clothing Brands that are Betting Against Fast Fashion"

Wildly Co. : Ethically Made in the U.S.A. Kids' Clothing

​Bella Luna (They specialize in natural, sustainable, ethically-made toys)

​Baptist World Aid's 2018 Ethical Fashion Guide: Ratings on Major Apparel Brands

Follow the Things: Another Kind of Shopping

Too Cheap Fashion

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