How to be a More Responsible Shopper
Adapted from tips by
Deborah James/Global Exchange
Talk to stores about the article of clothing where it was made, in what conditions in order to share information with others.
Check union Web sites, and look for union logos on clothing labels. At www.here.org, the Garment Workers Union has a listing of labels and products to look for that are made by union-organized factories.
Visit the Global Exchange stores. There are two in the Bay Area: Berkeley and San Francisco.
Be aware that the Made in the USA label is not a guarantee of sweat-free labor, especially if the clothes may have been made in U.S. territories.
Write letters. The Web site:
www.globalexchange.org/economy/corporations will bring you to fair labor campaigns around the world.
For the latest updates on lawsuits and sweatshop activism, visit www.sweatshopwatch.org.
Visit the Web site responsibleshopper.org, which is run by Co-op America, and networks 3,000 socially responsible businesses.
For fair trade and retail stores across the country, go to fairtradefederation.org.