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No Sweat

Posted by Emily Sweeney November 30, 2007 03:19 PM
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I have a new personal slogan:

Who Makes Your Clothes?

Do you ever wonder? Look at the tag of your coat or shirt. Chances are, your clothes were sewn by an underpaid factory worker who lives thousands of miles away. Even designer labels rely on overseas factories where people work for cheap.

Lately Ive been trying to buy only clothes made in the USA, and I must say, its had a positive impact on my pocketbook. The only new clothes Ive purchased are boy scout shirts and Army surplus gear.

But I've recently learned that my wardrobe doesn't have to be limited to military garb -- this weekend's No Sweat shopping event gives me hope.

NoSweatShop.com is the online home for No Sweat Apparel, a company that sells clothing, sneakers, and stuff that are made by trade unions in the US, Canada, and other countries. This weekend they're having a big sale at the Hyde Park Open Studios.

The sale is from 12 noon to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, at 1415 Hyde Park Ave., up on the third floor.

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-- Emily Sweeney

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