SHEIN is Worse than you Thought. Here’s Where to Shop Instead
The latest SHEIN exposé shows how terrible the company’s wages and working conditions are. In the age of microtrends and hauls, you can still shop sustainably
Yeah … it’s time to stop doing those SHEIN hauls, girlies.
Look, we all know fast fashion is bad. But maybe you can’t help yourself when you see an influencer in a cute outfit that you can actually afford. Or maybe you simply can’t resist a good deal. And haven’t we all panic-ordered a questionable look for a last-minute event, Halloween costume, or birthday party? No judgment here.
However, the era of microtrends and the culture of hauls has gone too far. TikTokers have popularized absurdly frequent orders on fast fashion giants like SHEIN. Plus, the stigma of outfit repetition normalized having a different look for social media posts every. Single. Day.
Now look at us: our closets are overflowing with clothes we’ve only worn once. We’ve gotten used to bad-quality fabrics that disintegrate before we pull them on. And we thrift with a “more is better” mentality to show off just how cool and unique we are with how many cool and unique pieces we have.
Well, all this comes at a price. And while it might seem like a low one — SHEIN famously has mega blowout sales where some items cost less than a dollar. Turns out someone else is paying it.
A groundbreaking documentary exposes just how harmful the fast fashion brand SHEIN actually is. Untold: Inside The Shein Machine focuses on the abhorrent working conditions at SHEIN factories in China.
IN: mindful consumption ✅ OUT: impulse shopping ❎ #slowfashiontiktok #antishein #mindfulconsumption #shoplesswearmore #sustainablefashion
Here are just a few of the most shocking discoveries from their investigation:
- SHEIN workers routinely work 18-hour days
- Each earns just over $500 a month
- Each produces an average of 500 pieces of clothing per day
- If a worker makes a mistake, they’re penalized at about two-thirds of their daily wage
- Each receives one day off per month — with no weekends off
These are just a few findings about the grueling working conditions at SHEIN. And it might be easy to say it’s out of our control. But SHEIN’s insane trajectory would screech to a halt if we all stopped buying their clothes.
Think it’s too big a giant to conquer? We’ve watched the fall of brands like Victoria’s Secret — why can’t SHEIN be next?
Besides, their clothes are cheap rip-offs of popular designs you can pick up elsewhere. Did I mention the quality is abysmal? So save yourself the trouble.
But where to shop instead? My favorite source for sustainable braids is Good On You..
This site holds brands accountable for their claims and practices. They rate every leading brand on a sustainability scale so you can keep informed about where you’re shopping.
Some Good On You-approved brands are my absolute favorites. Here are the sustainable, ethical, and fashionable brands I’ve been shopping these days:
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