Agreed! I am always hesitant about the notion that we can buy our way out of environmental degradation and social ills. While I acknowledge the role more sustainable industry plays in the bigger picture, we should first consider if we really need to buy something new. This is true of fashion, but most other industries as well. Is buying a 2013 Prius better than driving a car from the 80’s? While the fuel economy difference is considerable, the resource extraction and manufacturing process required for the new Prius may negate the fuel savings.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t buy new cars or new anything, I’m just suggesting that consumerism is a more systemic issue than unsustainable or unethical fashion. After all, it is the demand for a high volume of cheap goods that has led to the state of the fashion industry.
However, there is a place for new, and for buying things of quality that were built to last, so on that note I encourage everyone to check out www.apolisglobal.com. They have a great model and do an excellent job profiling the origin stories of their products.