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Cheap Target Tanks Lead to Pillage

In honor of Earth Day, let’s talk about what happens when you cave for a $6 Tri-Blend Tank from a decidedly un-eco-friendly corporate chain. Whilst strolling with Krip the other day, we passed an American Apparel (home of the $18 Tri-Blend Tank); the following conversation ensued:

Krip: I bought three Tri-Blend Tanks from there the other day, and I was like, ‘Cheap JAP would kill me.’ Didn’t you find them for six bucks or something?
Me: Yup.

Krip: Then why aren’t you gloating?
Me: Well…
Krip: They were crap, weren’t they?
Me: Yup.
Krip: I knew it!

That she did, and crap they were. While Target’s $6 poach from AA remains wearable in its current state, it took approximately three wash cycles for me to realize that sometimes, you really do get what you pay for. Pillage, in this case.

For those unfamiliar, Pillage is a phenomenon that occurs after many months of wear and tear: Your fave tee says ENOUGH to being tossed around violently in the wash cycle, and subsequently stages a coup in the form of little unsightly balls. Granted, I didn’t wash the $6 Tri-Blend Tanks in cold water, nor did I hang-dry them, but that’s neither here nor there. Nothing you wear should pill after mere weeks, and if it does – regardless of what it cost – you got ripped off. And by ‘you,’ I mean me. Pfft.

I’m considering a Fuzz Away Fabric Shaver, as it might be the tanks’ only salvation. What I’m not considering is another mass-produced garment in cheap material, tempting as its price may be.

This is not to imply that I’m a fan of eco-friendly apparel. Yes, it’s cool that tee’s made from plastic bottles: No, it’s not cool enough for its $65 pricetag. All that earth-obsessed jazz might be good for the planet in comparison with mass-produced brands, but manufacturing ANYTHING new burns up energy and creates waste. It follows that any thrifted purchase – even when you don’t need it, can’t afford it, weren’t thinking clearly, whatever – can always, ALWAYS be justified. Few things in this world are free. But Secondhand Shopping is the only thing of its kind that doesn’t cost the earth a cent.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Green Freaks. ;)



Ha Ha, great post. Not to mention when you buy American Apparel your are supporting that dirty boy, Dov Charney and his sexual harrassing ways.

Although I do think people should be aware of where their purchases come from and how they are made. Sometimes in paying more you are paying for a name but often you are paying for quality.


Cheap Jap!Don’t buy the fabric shaver! all you need is a dull raisor with two blades, just get a six pack at the dollar store. I’v been using them for years, and it works really well.


hey lady, just buy a regular single blade razor at the drug store. “shave” your shirts and sweaters on a flat surface. way cheaper than buying a “fabric shaver.”


That is so very true – I am sick of this green phenomena that is clearly done as a marketing ploy and has no bearing whatsoever on the environment. Eco-items really need to come down in price if they want people to make a difference and buy them. Otherwise we are better off buying used clothing on eBay and such and such.

Great post!! Great blog :) So glad I discovered you through CNN haha.

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