Does water cost as much as our clothing?

Ever wonder what happens to the clothing we discard?   Some of our “donations” get shipped overseas to India where the clothing is unraveled and made into new things.  The women who sort and process the clothing have some interesting questions for us. Interesting questions such as – Is our water too expensive to wash our clothes? Their absolute bafflement… Read more →

Looking forward

I really wanted this blog to be somewhere people could go and see under what conditions their clothes were made and where they were made.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am finding the non-answers, half-truths and constant follow up  to be exhausting and I have been unable to really address the issue. Those working in sweatshops around the world are… Read more →

Clean Clothes report Stitched Up released a report in 2014 entitled Stitched UP and it takes an in depth look at the poverty wages for garment workers in Eastern Europe and Turkey.   From their Executive Summary: Traditionally, the exploitation of workers within the garment industry is seen as a problem felt most keenly in Asia where stories of poverty wages, dangerous working conditions, and forced… Read more →

Stumbling along

I have been quite derelict in updating in recent months.  I must admit some of this has been due to a very busy schedule.  However, I have also been rethinking how this blog could work.  When I started this, my hope was to have a collection of stores that were open to sharing information about where their clothes were made.… Read more →


Nordstrom has both their own brand and also carries clothing from “branded vendors.” They have an abundance of information on their website about their corporate responsibility.  They do not list where their products are made or what exactly their standards are for their “branded vendors.” They do seem to have strict auditing and standards.  However, there is something the way… Read more →


Mexx publicly lists the countries where it products are produced.  They have a set of standards they call a “social compliance programme.” From their website: “Mexx applies rigorous standards in working with its sourcing partners. Through our social compliance programme, all companies producing for Mexx are obliged to accept a legally binding Code of Conduct. Mexx has zero tolerance policy… Read more →


Benetton publicly posts all of the answers to the questions I usually ask companies.  From their website:   Work, environment, health and safety in the supply chain Benetton Group is committed to the promotion and respect of human rights and the environment. The Benetton Group Code of Conduct is applied to all suppliers and subcontractors, and to anyone who wishes… Read more →


The past few weeks working on this blog have been frustrating.  Getting responses from some companies have been like pulling teeth.  I am not asking for any information that some companies post freely on their websites.  I start to wonder if you cannot/will not tell me WHERE your clothes are made then perhaps either a) you don’t know or b)… Read more →