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Q. Is it possible to find clothes for my kid that are eco-friendly AND produced using fair trade practices? I know the eco-friendly party line is to buy from thrift stores, but most of those were probably produced in a sweatshop before they were donated. You're not actively giving money to manufacturers who produce clothes using bad practices, but you're not encouraging manufacturers who use good practices either.
There seem to be very few clothing companies who advertise that their kids’ clothes are made using fair trade practices. Am I just asking too much?
A. Dearest Claudette,
I don’t have any children, but word on the street is that raising them isn’t easy -- a disclaimer that applies to everything from convincing the little darlings to eat their peas to suiting them up in sufficiently sustainable outfits. I’m afraid I can’t help you much with the peas issue, but I do have some thoughts on your clothing question.