Hello, everybody! Sorry it’s been a while. I tried so hard to keep up with blogging, but, obviously, not hard enough, ha ha ha. Anyway, I’ve been trying a lot harder to buy less from clothing companies that support sweat shops. This has been really easy for me and the kids’ clothing — what I can’t buy at the thrift store, I make, which is fun! Buuuuuttttt, for my husband’s clothes, I’ve really struggled. Men wear their clothes out, and the amount of fabric needed for basics like tee shirts was cost prohibitive for me to make, and let’s not even talk about the time required.
Let me back up just for a minute. You may be wondering… “This seems like a lot of work, and for what? There’s always gonna be sweat shops, and maybe they need a job anyway, so why bother?” Well, I started to think about this while my husband worked at the Gap during the time the factory in Bangladesh collapsed and then caught fire and hundreds of people died. At that time, I was very conflicted, because we had our living from the sales of clothing. After he left the company, I continued to be convicted about the thousands of people working to death for my clothes, and it just broke my heart.
Recently, I watched a documentary on Netfix called The True Cost and it really strengthened my resolve. There is no reason I should spend my hard earned money supporting these companies that are paying the people who make their clothing literally pennies per item. It does cost more, to stick to my guns in this way, but I just buy less, and that makes me happier anyway.
So, I’ve been on the look out for a good source for clothing basics like socks, undershirt T’s, and undies, because these are the things that we wear until they wear out, and we definitely can’t buy secondhand.
I came across Pact Clothing and boy was I excited, because they were actually affordable, plus fair trade certified and they use organic cotton. (No, they aren’t paying me for this, but I find that reviews on personal blogs are something that I increasingly search for and read, so I wanted to review them for future potential shoppers!) I quickly ordered a 2-pack of black basic socks, a 2-pack of grey boxer briefs, and a V-neck t-shirt for Andrew, to test out the quality. I placed this order on July 31, and today, August 3, I received them in the mail. I was so surprised at how quickly it all came! Super fast shipping, and it was free, since I spent more than $25.
Let’s talk about the socks first.
They’re really soft, and seem nice and stretchy. Also, they were made in a wind powered factory, so there’s that. Ha ha. I dig them. Nice and basic; just what I wanted.
The t-shirt is beyond my expectations. It was the most expensive item, at $19.99, but believe it or not, that is actually cheap for this type of item (fair trade, organic). The fabric is SO SOFT. I have actually found organic cotton to be extra soft in general, every time I’ve had the pleasure to sew with it, and this t-shirt was no exception. I like the cute little tag at the bottom, too. Nice touch.
Oh, boxer briefs. At one point, I considered sewing some new undies for my husband, but the elastic was too expensive, so I gave up. This two pack solved my problems, as long as he likes them. They seem true to size, and are also very soft. I wish the fabric was just a teeny bit thicker (and thus more durable) but it has a lot of stretch, so that will probably end up making them pretty durable. Spandex lasts forever hahaha.
So, there you have it. I’m very pleased with this purchase. I will buy again, and probably some more fun pattern socks, because those are SOOO CUTE and I love fun socks. Let me know if you buy from them, and what you love/hate about it.