Today is “World Day of Social Injustice” and if this past year has revealed anything, it is that we’ve got a lot of work to do. 

Instead of feeling overwhelmed by all the social injustices happening around us, let’s take this opportunity to decide how we can change our behaviors to help. The theme this year is:

“A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy.”

Chances are you are a part of and/or have participated in the digital economy if you are reading this. In fact, the pandemic has forced all of us to increase our online shopping.

”Consumers spent $861.12 billion online with U.S. merchants in 2020, up an incredible 44.0% year over year … That’s the highest annual U.S. ecommerce growth in at least two decades. It’s also nearly triple the 15.1% jump in 2019.”

It is safe to say that e-commerce is a part of our everyday life.  (Look out for an upcoming blog that highlights the vast array of social injustices that the fashion industry creates, perpetuates, and relies on. Until then, think: cheap labor, life-threatening working conditions, racism, sexism, ageism, portraying harmful body-images, just to name a few).

Since online shopping is likely to continue, if not increase,

let’s use this as a chance to combat social injustice!

  1. Make a goal to increase your purchases from socially conscious fashion designers/brands.

    1. Unsubscribe from all fast fashion emails (this is how they get you)

      1. Unfollow them while you are at it too.

    2. Buy 1 more socially conscious item when you shop, then 2, then 5, etc.

      1. These are dope.

    3. Bookmark BIPOC-owned brands

      1. Here you go.

  2. Download Trestle

  3. Research the company before you shop.

    1. A quick google search will do the trick.

  4. Follow, like, and share socially conscious designers/brands.

    1. Our Instagram is a good place to start.

  5. Join sustainable fashion communities.

    1. This one is great.

  6. Repair the clothes you have.

    1. Your neighborhood tailor.

  7. Sign up to get emails from us!

    1. Shameless plug, submit @ the bottom of this page.

 

This, of course, is not an exhausted list of ways to fight social injustice through your online shopping habits. Comment below with others to help!