It’s all in the Label

Have you ever wondered what goes into the clothes that we wear? How about what the garment has to go through before making it to your closet at home? In today’s society it can be hard to know who to trust and what companies to believe when it comes to their safety standards and eco labeling practices. Just because a company says something or puts something on their labels, how can we know for sure if it is true? I think that we as consumers have to right to know exactly what goes into our products and that we should be told the truth from companies.

The article that started this week off was called Social and eco-labeling of textile and clothing goods as a means of communication and product differentiation by Koszewska. This article talked all about the differences between social labeling and eco labeling. It also discussed the most popular eco labels that most of us have seen on some of our clothing items at home. I thought that this article was really informative. It is a subject that I found to be really passionate about and I would like to learn more about it in the future. I enjoyed learning about how eco labeling came about and what is being done to help the environment and protect human rights. I think that this is something everyone should learn and know about. The best thing that we can do as consumers is gain the knowledge needed to know what is out there and how to differentiate products that are actually sustainable and safe.

We all have a duty to ourselves to be informed and ask questions about what we are buying and consuming. This was the major takeaway that I had in class this week. I want to be in the know and learn about what are the best brands to use. Who would want to use products that are tested on animals or that were made overseas in sweat shops? I guess this is the perfect example of “ignorance is bliss”. We really don’t know what we don’t know and that is why knowing is half the battle. Once we get more involved in the behind the scenes side we can start to actually make a difference in the products that are made today.

Getting the public involved is the next step to making this happening. If more people join the cause to be informed then the more information we will be able to learn. We need to start holding companies up to their social responsibility and making them accountable for when they do not meet the required standards or certifications. The more we know the better it will be and the more companies will be inclined to do what is expected of them.

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