How to bring Laudato Si’ into your wardrobe

By Whitney Bauck
May 7, 2021

Care for our common home starts in your closet

When the deadliest accident in fashion industry history killed more than 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers at a Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013, Pope Francis condemned the conditions under which these garment workers toiled as “slave labor,” saying “that goes against God.”

Eight years later, business models that demand low-cost labor in unsafe conditions, like those that contributed to the Rana Plaza tragedy, still undergird much of the global apparel industry. But the way that we currently make clothing leads to more than just the sweatshops that remain sadly all too familiar — it’s also contributing to the kind of ecological sin that wrongs future generations and the Earth alike.

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