NOT LONG AGO, clothes were made at home, by hand, from natural fibres, with care and skill. Today, clothes are assembled in factories far from where they will be sold, often at tremendous cost to workers and environment. Unfortunately, the conscientious shopper has limited alternatives. Ruth Rosselson discussed fair trade and organic and ethically sourced clothing in Conscience Clothing (Issue 230). But in business, the bottom line is profit, not planet or people. So how do we clothe ourselves responsibly? One solution is to bypass the industry altogether by making our own ...


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