It’s time for new jeans.
I will most likely just hit up some of the wonderful consignment shops in the city until I find a good pair. Yesterday I decided to browse the web for some sweat-shop free, made in the
Then I got to thinking…
I mean, let’s consider this- I actually have to search high and low just to find a pair of jeans made in the US by someone who was paid fairly. We are living in a world where finding products like this is difficult!
Does anyone else find that, oh I don’t know, DISTURBING?!
Actually- that’s the problem; very few people actually DO find that disturbing. Very few people know and/or care to learn about the how when it comes to our “stuff”.
This information is courtesy of sweatshopwatch.org:
A sweatshop is a workplace that violates the law and where workers are subject to:
- Extreme exploitation, including absence of a living wage or long work hours.
- Poor working conditions, health and safety hazards.
- Arbitrary discipline, such as verbal or physical abuse.
- Fear and intimidation when they speak out, organize or attempt to form a union.
With tens of thousands of garment factories employing tens of millions of workers in nearly 200 countries, large corporations search the world for the lowest labor costs and ignore human rights. Unfortunately, sweatshops exist in every corner of the world, from
…there’s a lot more where that came from.
Gap, Abercrombie, Forever 21, Bebe, J. Crew, Banana Republic etc. Pretty much every mainstream clothing company partakes in sweatshop labor. Troublesome, huh?
Maybe if the next time someone wanted to go out and by a new, cute top, they had to see where the top came from, who made it and how this individual was treated they might reconsider contributing to that industry. Just a thought.
If more people knew and cared about these facts, it’d be much easier to find an ethically produced pair of jeans. Ignorance may be bliss, but it’s still ignorance.