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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:47 PM

Sustainable clothes, made in USA

http://www.ramblersway.com/sustainability/sustainable-clothing-made-america

From what I've read, this is a great company - very caring / humane treatment of their sheep/animals, environmentally friendly dyes, etc., and made in US. For some reason, though, I can't get any info on their clothes - where/how to buy. Just a few photos but no links or online buying options.

I don't want to buy a lot of things; I can't buy anything right now, but when I replace an item, I want it to be ethically produced - all animals, people, and the surroundings treated well - and hopefully produced here (or well-produced in another part of the world that creates good jobs in communities that need them).

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:56 PM

1. I would love to buy it, but

I can't afford to spend $65 for 1 undergarment. Woot, I used to buy hanes, but need to look for something else still made here. I could always start sewing for myself, ha ha , that will never happen.

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:41 PM

3. LOL, I can just imagine

what my underwear would look like if I sewed it myself.

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:21 PM

7. When I took home ec in high school, I hemmed the skirt we were supposed to be making

to my own pants while I was sitting down.

I am not even remotely adept with a needle and thread. Wish I was, though, but even if I were, I wouldn't sew my undies.

Patagonia's got good stuff, too... but still, undies start at $20/pr and bras at $40...

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:03 PM

2. The shopping options are reach through the link by clicking mens, womens or outlet

However, their prices are extraordinarily high, imo.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:24 PM

8. OK. Thanks



I had feared that their prices would be high ... that's too bad. I get so excited when I find an ethical company, and then they always seem to be priced out of my reach.

I'll pay a little extra, especially if it's an item that I think I'm going to wear for years or even decades (a good sweater) but I don't understand why companies price themselves out of the range of everyone but the wealthy. For non-status items -- if you want to sell $50,000 stereos to idiots who think they need that, fine. But why overprice clothing? There has got to be a very happy medium between mall prices for mass-produced Chinese clothes and well-produced, ethical items.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:47 PM

4. Holy crap.

That stuff is really expensive. I really do what to buy smart, and made in the USA, but this is so out of my price range.

Also, there is not much selection even if the prices were in my price range.

This is like so many things.....the only people who can afford to be responsible with some of these companies are the 1%. It is as if they are taking advantage of people who care what they buy.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:19 PM

6. hm. I'm too lame to have found the prices. Maybe I need to check it out in Explorer; I usually use

Mozilla and some websites won't open with it. Or, maybe I'm just lame.

I'll spend a decent amount on a sweater if it is made well, sustainably produced, and will last a long time.

Undies, not so much.

Patagonia is another good option.

I will pay a bit of a premium for some things if they're "good" products, but not a huge one. And it is tragic that these companies can't / won't lower their prices - they'd have probably a much larger buying base if they did.

Stella McCartney's line - RIDICULOUS, even her 'ready to wear' stuff. She's vegan, has some cool vegan shoes, bags, etc. - but they are stratospherically priced.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:39 PM

10. I know that there would be a large customer base

for reasonably priced products that are sustainably made in the USA. At this point, it appears to be a niche market and they don't care that we are priced out of these products.

To find the prices, I clicked on "women's", then clicked on one of the product pictures, and that took me to a page with the price for the product.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:25 PM

12. See? I'd buy this for $75 in the days when I had some disposable income because it looks like

a beautiful piece I could layer and use for work or casual:

http://www.ramblersway.com/womens/wool-clothing/womens-long-sleeve-cross-neck

I'd even have paid $150 for it. Because I only want a few items in my closet that are damn near bulletproof and easy to mix and match... an "investment" piece that in the long run only costs me pennies per wear because I wear it so often for years.

And if that money goes to making sure the sheep have nice lives and the company doesn't kill predators like wolves, bobcats, etc. (like the site said they do / try to do), wonderful. I don't eat out a lot, I don't buy CDs, I don't buy many books (love the library), buy only used cars, etc... so to me, it would be worth it (and will be one day again when I'm out of my current tight bind).

But undies? No. I'll pay $25 for a package of 4 or 5, but not $25 per pair. No.

I wish I could aggregate these companies, somehow, and sell their products for less. I also found some cool vegan shoes by "Olsen Haus" but they're $$$ too ...

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:51 PM

5. Rec'd. A good idea but the prices are way outside my budget

There may be folks here who could afford to purchase from and thus support such a company so I gave it a rec.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:25 PM

9. that's too bad -- I don't understand that company mentality, marketing

sustainable goods that are so overpriced your 'average' person can't afford them.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:31 PM

11. I think I have figured it out!!!! -

Do you remember the movie - the man in the white suit with Aled Guiness (When Alec was still respectible)?
The is the only pair of undied you will ever need!!! - it repels dirt and does not wear out.

If that were true, I would buy it then.

video clip

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:37 PM

13. you know, there are so many technologies that have been buried because their

introduction would wipe out industry / industries ... not only the ever-kleen-undies

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:37 PM

14. Good stuff, Flaxbee.

Now granted, I don't have much choice given my current situation but I'll definitely keep this in mind when buying my own stuff.

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