Yesterday I left Thor to his own devices for several hours and walked around San Francisco. After I emerged at Chinatown gates, I visited a large retail store – the one where for years Thor has been buying his khaki slacks. (I seemed to be the oldest shopper there, and all the nice clerks who approached me were young and very trendy.)
I decided to check both fiber content and country of origin of the clothes. I found only one item for sale (a leather belt $49.50) made in the US; everything else came from (in alphabetical order): Bahrain, Cambodia, China, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Jordan, the Phillipines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. (Keep in mind these are the countries where the clothes were made; there was no indication from which countries the fibers came.
Oh, as an aside, all the men’s clothing I looked at was a cotton-cashmere blend (effectively eliminating machine washing) or 100% cotton. It wasn’t until I was on the women’s floor that I saw synthetics (including 100% polyester).
In any event, to those who advocate the slow food movement (a movement that has not wreaked havoc on US grocery chains), perhaps it’s time to seriously address a slow clothes/slow fiber movement.
I will think about this more … but right now my latte and knitting require my attention!