I’m not a massive fan of going shopping in the traditional sense, I like to do things differently to most folk. My kids clothes mainly come in the form of hand me downs because they outgrow them so fast and it seems insane to not take the freebies when they’re offered. I buy most of my own clothes from charity shops, which are fab from an eco perspective if you ask me. Surely it’s much kinder to the environment to buy clothes second hand than from cheap shops where they are made from dubious materials and produced in a questionable manner?
Of course every now and then there are exceptions to the rule. Such as my 3yo daughter starting gymnastics and needing plain black leggings, so I popped into H&M last Sunday morning. I don’t mind buying the odd item from them, because their organic cotton conscious range is amazing. I was happy to see their plain 95% organic leggings were also on offer, so I picked up two pairs for 3yo and one for her big sister.
After I had washed the leggings and was hanging them out to dry, I noticed that they were from the basics range, and not labelled as organic cotton. Upon further inspection of my daughters’ wardrobes, I discovered that lots of the H&M supposed organic cotton clothing that I’ve bought in the past does not say that it is made from organic cotton on the inside labels.
Excuse my language but WTF? Surely if it’s made from organic cotton then you’d want to shout it from the rooftops? I’d like to state that I also own clothing that does clearly state it’s from the H&M Conscious Collection, so perhaps H&M might like to enlighten me as to why they don’t label all their clothes appropriately. As a severely sleep deprived mum of three, I’m just plain confused right about now.
In the same shopping trip I popped into Tesco to buy my son a little snack for the train journey home. I’ll be honest here, I never usually shop at Tesco, but I only had ten minutes to buy said snack then catch the train so my options were limited. I was really appalled to see the display of Food Doctor bars in the photo. They had filled the space where the heavily reduced bars were supposed to be with full priced bars. I had realised what was going on before actually purchasing one of these, however, when I got home and checked my receipt I discovered that I had been over charged for the snack I did buy.
All in all it wasn’t a very successful shopping trip, and these two experiences one after the other have left a rather sour taste in my mouth. I’m now wondering how many other little tricks like these are pulled throughout big retail stores on a daily basis?