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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post

    In the clothing sector however, we can actually make that choice ourselves not to buy from them.
    I'm not sure we really get a choice in regards to school uniforms. The school purchases the uniforms from most likely an overseas supplier. I doubt any ethical consideration is given and we go on to purchase them from the school without choice in most circumstances. My kids have a button up style shirt with an embroided logo so there is definitely no choice but for those who can purchase the $2 shirts, I wonder if one option is in fact more unethical than the other?

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    Kmart and target have at least signed on to a code of conduct to protect workers right. Steer clear of best n less.

    https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/workers-rights/ sorry, just clarify this is primarily about safety to ensure factories are not a fire trap. I think I saw something else about further racing rights, ie wages, etc

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    my school get uniforms from a local supplier that makes them here in WA

    SPG - the code of practice has INCREDIBLY low standards though, and there isnt much control ensuring they stick to them either

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    I buy uniforms from the school. They are good quality and expensive. I'm happy to pay for clothing that lasts. But that's not to say I haven't bought cheapos from Target and Big W, it's ok for wearing around the house and being cheap doesn't necessarily mean it will fall apart in an instant, more often cheapos I have bought have lasted ages. I have never really thought about where they are msnufactured or whatever tbh.

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    Ethical schoolwear http://www.ethicalclothingaustralia.org.au/schoolwear/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    I have never really thought about where they are msnufactured or whatever tbh.
    And that is the root of the problem. So many of us blindly consuming disposable clothing with no thought about the impact on people along the supply chain. So consider your consciousness pricked.

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    $2 shirts make me cringe but more because I think it just promotes the 'throw away society' attitude. Aside from the conditions of the workers who have made the shirt and the transportation costs, what about the environmental costs? I'm guessing they are cotton which requires land, farming, water and havesting.

    Quality issues aside, just because a polo shirt cost $100 does not automatically mean that it has been made ethically using unioned labour who have a decent wage and conditions. It may be sewn by the same person who also sews the $2 polo shirts but the $100 happens to have a designer logo and someone, somewhere along the manufacturing chain is adding a hefty markup.

    I can't believe how cheap some clothing is. As a teenager I worked all day in my parent's factory once to earn enough to buy an Esprit t-shirt that cost $20 (and they would have paid me a bit higher than award wage). I just did a quick calculation - that shirt should cost about $100 today.

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    I will continue to buy what I feel fit too thanks SpecialPatrolGroup. If something catches my eye and I like it then I will buy it, I tend to decide I like it before I look at the price tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    I will continue to buy what I feel fit too thanks SpecialPatrolGroup. If something catches my eye and I like it then I will buy it, I tend to decide I like it before I look at the price tag.
    Lol. To be clear this thread title is specific in questioning if this is an issue of exploitation. That is the purpose of this discussion.

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    It's a marketing ploy to get you in the door and to spend on other things. They're not making $$ out of it.

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