The Edition: No. 331
Jun 28, 2022
Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another. // Toni Morrison
+ How to be hopeful, even when it’s hard.
+ This <$50 3/4 sleeve sheath dress is perfect for work.
+ Only Murders in the Building is back. Hello, weekend plans.
+ Do women really only have 10 years to sprint up the career ladder?
+ Tips for choosing the right wine for any special occasion.
+ Working remote? Advice for how to network on Slack.
+ This Lipofix mask lifts the neck and minimizes double chin for events or photos.
+ How to check your AirBnB, hotel room or apartment for hidden cameras.
+ I couldn’t resist the pretty citrus print on this cute onesie or the $15 price.
+ Moving to a new city solo can be less lonely than you think.
+ 22 Dinner Recipes for When It’s Too Hot to Cook.
+ Can poker teach us the strategies needed to succeed at the office?
+ This exfoliating body mitt will get your skin smooth and in shape for summer.
On two occasions over the past 18-months, I promoted Shein clothing on this site. That will not happen again.
Former Roll Call reporter Beth Brotherton wrote this piece from the American Manufacturing Association detailing how Shein is polluting our planet with fast fashions, likely created with forced labor, and exploiting a loophole to continue their immoral practices.
To give you a sense of scope, Shein is producing 1.3 million new styles per year. Other fast fashion retailers, like H&M, produce just 25,000 in the same time period. This means that the bulk of the styles, which often retail for less than $20 a piece, are going into the trash.
Popular with young people and on TikTok, Shein has taken over the fast fashion industry by copying designs from other retailers (even other fast fashion shops like Zara) and drastically cutting prices. Because they ship straight from China, they can avoid US laws meant to enforce better labor practices, allowing them to make their products with forced Uighur labor and with materials harvested from locations known to employ slave labor.
This post is deeply distressing. I encourage you not to shop at Shein, and to share this post with friends and relatives (esp. young women). You won’t see them here again, and hopefully, Rep. Blumenauer’s efforts to close the slave-labor loophole will be successful.