I've been getting a loooot of questions/emails/comments about alternatives to the companies that violate numerous human rights violations, illegally use child labor, etc..you know, the corporations on the Boycott List (I guess this means you are checking it out/it's affecting you enough to take action, which basically makes my day like you don't even know. So thank you! If you haven't checked out the list, please DO SO) (:
    I actually answered this question directly on the Boycott List page, which I've *officially* opened for discussion! (P.S. I'd love to have a conversation with you and hear your opinions--especially if you disagree with me!)

    But for the second edition of Social Action Sunday, I decided to make it an official post, as it might help more people who don't frequent the Boycott List page or who are new to my blog (welcome!).

    So, without further ado, I present to you...
Photo sources, top left going clockwise:  gmbakash.wordpress.com, childlabor802.weebly.com, http://www.freep.com, https://sites.google.com/site/childlabor2/labor-in-china

Thankfully, there are quite a few alternatives to these companies! Below are just a few ideas--if I missed anything please let me know in the comments section so others can benefit! 

1.      If you have no problem with second-hand clothes (...and a bit of digging), buying from thrift/vintage stores always works and is also great for the environment! Even better, a lot of thrift stores donate directly to charity which is another big plus! Haha and you don't have to feel bad about buying brands such as Gap or Express or other stores on the boycott list from a thrift store! ;D (P.S. your wallet will also thank you on this one!) Also if there are no (or no good) thrift stores around you, check out the new and growing world of instashops (Check my one-month birthday post for a discount to a particularly good one!) which are basically curated online vintage stores on instagram! Crazy, right!?


2.      Supporting small (esp. local!) stores > large corporations, regardless if they are on the boycott list or not! There are still so many clothing stores that aren't that great--this list is just the top offenders! Take a trip with friends and explore your city and find local clothing stores! But if you live in the middle of nowhere like myself (sorry Edmond, Oklahoma), Etsy.com contains a plethora of amazing handmade stores and are (to the best of my knowledge) all small (& cute) businesses! And keep an eye out--I'm partnering up with one of my absolute favorites, Confectionery Vintage, to get you lovelies a discount!  

 3.     Also you can Make your own stuff~! Okay, this might not be as practical for everyone, but it's still an option I'm putting on the table! This summer I told myself I wouldn't buy any new clothes (note: failed miserably) so I learned to sew and made a bunch of clothes for myself! It's surprisingly simple, doesn't take toooo much time, and a great creative outlet! I've posted a few tutorials (okay just 2...) to encourage making your own clothes, (DIY Maxi Skirt, DIY Tuxedo-Stripe Jeans) and I am planning on making quite a few more in the future so keep an eye out for that! 

4.     Spend more for less Yep, you (unfortunately) heard right! The main reason that this shirt costs $14 (read this article!) is through exploitation of workers, as the article mentions. I know this may sound shocking, but companies that don't exploit their workers actually, like, exist! You can find so many stores that not only do not (really) damage the world but they also give some of their profits to chairty! (downside: they are usually expensive as hell--well, for the average broke college student like myself...thrift shops it is!) You can find so many of these stores through a bit of research. But that's also one reason why I started my Social-Action Sunday series--to essentially do the research for you and take the time to publicly acknowledge and thank do-good stores! So if you don't like the rest of my blog at least come back on Sundays teehee c;

5.     (I feel like I don't have the right to say this but) Limit how much clothes you buy! Spending less on clothes (and anything, really) is good for your wallet and yourself as a human being! Materialism and the consumer culture is deeply rooted within most societies today (I don't know where you live but it's probably there too! ;p) and it's hard not to get sucked in, although it's basically inevitable. But next time before buying something ask yourself if you reallllly need that bird-dress-that-looks-like-all-your-other-bird-dresses even though the birds are cute as hell. And as a note to myself: HODA, NO, YOU DON'T. 

Source: musenmotivation.wordpress.com

I apologize for the essay of a post, but I hope that helped at least a teeensy bit! If not LET ME KNOW! Also please comment if you have any ideas or suggestions yourself--we all want to hear it!
Boycotting popular and readily-accessible stores is not easy, but if I can do it, so can you! It's one big step in becoming a smart buyer and making a statement against the usage of child labor and human rights violations of these large companies!

You can also help to spread the word by sharing this post and the boycott list (there are little icons below this post!)--email it to your friends, post it on your facebook, tweet it, anything! Help spread awareness of this important issue! 
Let me know if you'd like further information or have any other questions! (P.S. If you made it this far, I just want to give you a big virtual hug--Thank you! c; )

ALSO: Please not that JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird does NOT, under any circumstances, collaborate with people, companies, etc, that are on the Boycott list (I've already had to turn down a request!). Every company that you may see its ads for, articles written about, etc on this blog have undergone extensive research by myself to help in your quest for socially-responsible stores! xx

<(") Hoda

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