The Right Side Boutique | Vegan Fashion | 2097 Danforth Ave

We are growing accustom to thinking about where our food comes from and trying to make ethical choices about what we consume, right? But, what about your clothing? Do you think about where your clothes came from? What are the impacts on the environment, animals and human workers of the garment industry?

Did you know, it takes about 2 700 litres of water to make one cotton t-shirt, that is enough for one person to drink for 2 ½ years! But don’t think synthetic fabrics are better. While they have less impact on water, a polyester t-shirt has more than twice the carbon footprint of a cotton one.

You likely have heard of sweatshop labour. If your dress was made in Bangladesh, the garment worker may have made around US $0.13 per hour. Unfortunately, children are often employed in sweatshops, and garment workers frequently report verbal and physical abuse. People are working long hours in unsafe conditions. In 2013, a factory collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 people.

If all of this is convincing you to shop differently, check out The Right Side Boutique. The Right Side is a vegan, cruelty-free shop specializing in slow fashion. All of the clothing at the Right Side is sweatshop free and free of animal fibers including wool, leather and silk.

It’s so great to be in a shop where you can forget about label reading and just concentrate on shopping! The Right Side stocks ethical brands made in Canada or the US, or fair trade clothing made in developing countries. The clothes are high quality and unique pieces that are made to look great for many seasons. Plus they use fabrics like bamboo and soy. How fun to wear soy!

I have to confess that I spent a lot of time thinking about where my food comes from, but I have an occasional fast-fashion habit on the side. Visiting the Right Side helped remind me that I have great options, and fashion doesn’t have to hurt.

Dr Pamela Fegusson RD

PBT Team

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