By Colleen Kane
June 15, 2015

Consumers have grown accustomed to cheaply made, disposable clothes — flimsy dresses and tee shirts that are bought for a pittance and last a season. But, critics say such “fast fashion” can come at a cost. Inexpensive products don’t last and are soon thrown away, but that’s only the tip of the landfill mountain. That cheap clothing often is made in overseas factories by underpaid, overworked and under-aged workers, toiling in tragic conditions. A new documentary, The True Cost, illustrates the tolls taken on people and the planet due to the overwhelming prevalence of fast fashion.

Still, there is a small counter trend. Some companies have “reshored,” moving manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. And there are companies that pride themselves on being part of the “sustainability movement;” some of them have committed to producing higher quality products, even putting a lifetime guarantee behind their claims. All of this comes with a price, of course; the products tend to be far more expensive. The policies vary from brand to brand, but they usually cover defects in materials and workmanship–so if a rivet falls off a bag, it will be repaired or replaced. What they usually don’t cover is general wear and tear, accidents such as spills, loss of the item, or a change in the wearer’s size.

Some established brands like Jansport are well known for having offered guarantees, but you might not be aware of the other brands who offer similar guarantees. Here are six such brands — four of them make their products in the U.S.A. and two are based in that onetime hub of American manufacturing, Detroit.



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