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Did the Bangladesh garment factory collapse change your views on where you shop?

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In a time when most consumers are trying to save money, we have many choices to buy what we need on the cheap.

High street retailers offer abundant cheap goods to the public, whether it be plastic toys for our kids, 'fast fashion' garments, or items for the home.

The Bangladesh factory collapse left a trail of destruction, but also much thought for the consumer, questioning the value of our goods, who makes them and in what working conditions.

Did the tragic garment factory collapse in Bangladesh change your views on where you shop? Do you feel guilty if you buy cheap goods from high street retailers?

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It didn't change my views, because I try to avoid retailers that I know have a poor record. It did motivate me to write to a big UK department store, where I often shop, to ask them what they do to check the concessions they stock in store follow the same ethical guidelines that I know the department store does for its own brand clothing. I did get quite a helpful reply that put my mind at rest that they were following strict ethical guidelines.

Where possible, I do try to go one step further and buy fair trade, but I haven't found a great range for work clothes yet.
Interesting question. I avoid buying goods produced in sweatshop labour conditions. Ethics comes into play.
There's not a wide enough range of clothing available via free trade so it would be great if this were an area that was invested in and encouraged going forward. I also think that it's difficult to make fully informed decisions on clothing and purchases thereof because a company can hide a lot of their somewhat dodgy practices. It's only through the press that we tend to hear and the accounts are not ways accurate. To improve power to the consumer I'd welcome a movement where retailers are compelled to advise the consumer more around the origin of garments. Similar to the 'we do or don't test on animals' statements on cosmetics and toiletries, I'd welcome more source information on clothing to help inform my purchase. This would also put pressure on a shop to source more ethically.
Most definitely changed my views. I am more aware of the perils that are faced by the people working in the third world countries. But I often wonder if we stop buying from the third world nations, will that be a help or will that make matters even more worse for them?
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