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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sweating in a Shop

You may think you get all sweaty just shopping the day away and sure you do! But have you ever looked down and thought "who made these fabulous articles of clothing?" Chances are they were made in a country where sweatshops are virtually everywhere! Countries like China, India and Malaysia, to name a few, are infamous for sweatshops! Don't get me wrong there can be a sweatshop located anywhere in the world including countries that may contradict this behaviour; for instance  Australia, America, and even Canada. Its not hard to find clothing made in sweatshops, all I had to do was look in my closet, I quite literally just grabbed 3 random pieces of clothing to see how many of them would be made in sweat shops! (Pic below!)

Surprisingly these articles of clothing are like any other I would wear on a average day; what you wouldn't guess though, was that all these pieces of clothing were produced in a sweatshop! That Aztec Cardigan and Plaid Tank Top were made in China, that Tasseled Scarf is from Guatemala. 

While we go about living our daily routines of life we've forgotten about the people that live just beyond it. Humanly we always assume the "out of sight out of mind" aspect and apply it to our lives. You may be thinking that "its a big world out there and industrializing things is just something that's ultimately inevitable!" Well I think that might be true, after-all there are more than 7 billion people living on our planet. But when I really think hard about this, it just doesn't seem right! Children work at these sweatshops and often conditions are disgustingly horrific! Working long hours and weeks often without breaks or vacations, and ultimately the extremity of low wages! Most of us are fortunate enough to have the extra money to spend on things we want rather than need. 

Are there things that companies can do to improve there own manufacturing plants? Of course! Companies like Nike can pay can give their workers sick days! Give them substantially higher wages (maybe $5 an hour?), give them vacation time if they so ask of it! Instead of forcing their workers to work certain hours let them work the hours that they choose! There are many ways that sweatshops can be improved to treat humans in more humane ways! What do you think could improve sweatshops? And are you pro or con sweatshops? I'm looking forward to reading all of your responses, so think well!

1 comment:

  1. Great post! Of course it's not okay to have sweatshops. I actually worked in a semi-sweatshop (sweatshop by Canadian standards) for a summer sewing drapes for hotels!