DE PERE — When you compare prices today to 30 years ago, one of the few products that is now actually cheaper is clothing.
“When you think about a car, adjusted for inflation, a car costs you more today,” explained Christopher Cox, campaign manager for The Human Thread, Catholics for Clothing with a Conscience. “If you pull out a circular from 1985, a pair of jeans will cost you less in dollars than it did back in 1985. Why is that? Have the costs for the energy to run the mills gone down? No. Has the cost for the cotton or synthetic gone down? No. The only thing that has gone down is the labor.”