I got a pair of TOMS shoes in the mail last week (thanks Mom). They’re super comfortable, and I got them in this snazzy gold herringbone pattern:
I know there are issues with give-away philanthropy, so I did a little digging to see how sustainable TOMS Shoes really are. Putting aside TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie‘s accidental speech to the anti-gay Christian group Focus on the Family in June, there are several fundamental problems with the way TOMS gives back.
As I write this, sitting on the beach in Nicaragua, it is easy to ignore everything but the crashing waves and pink sunset clouds. But just miles away in the capital city of Managua, there is rampant poverty, unemployment, illness and any manner of problems typical of the third world. Many of this country’s troubles stem from colonialism, political turmoil and natural disasters – most notably the earthquake that destroyed Managua in 1972 . Because my subject is sustainable fashion, however, I decided to look into the ways the global garment industry has affected Nicaraguans.
My first [electronic] visit was to the now-defunct cotton fields. Cotton only came to Nicaragua in the 1950s with Continue reading →
Pseudo-review of Where Am I Wearing? by Kelsey Timmerman
Where Am I Wearing? is the story of the author’s travels to all of the countries that made his favorite clothes to meet the people that made them. He visits Honduras (t-shirt), Bangladesh (“Jingle These” boxers), Cambodia (jeans), China (flip flops) and finally the US (shorts). Contrary to what you might expect from the story of such a journey, the book is not preachy. It’s not depressing or pessimistic. If I had to describe it in one word I’d say it’s inquisitive. Timmerman expertly captures Continue reading →