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Untitled. Fast fashion: 'How do you justify selling a £2 T-shirt?' Child-labor-fashion-checklist#slide-5?bucketed=true?bucketed=true?bucketed=true&bucketing_referrer= "Made In The USA" Doesn't Always Mean BetterIt's just as crucial to understand which auditing companies and methods are being used in analyzing the supply chain as it is to know where our clothes come from.


For example, “Made in Italy” or “Made in the USA” does not guarantee that garments are safely produced, while “Made in China" or “Made in Bangladesh" is not necessarily indicative of lesser standards. There are very good factories in developing countries just as there are very bad systems (sweatshops, low pay, and unsafe conditions) in countries we might consider above suspicion. "Different countries have different legislations in terms of what child labor consists of. In Myanmar (as in the United Kingdom until 40 years ago), the legal age for work is 13, so although this might not be acceptable to us as consumers, it is nevertheless legal in certain countries," de Castro explains. Why Is It So Hard for Clothing Manufacturers to Pay a Living Wage?

In the garment industry, stories about workers who barely eke out an existence on “starvation wages” are legion: Factory workers in New Delhi often describe living in makeshift hovels “barely fit for animals.”

Why Is It So Hard for Clothing Manufacturers to Pay a Living Wage?

A young woman from Myanmar might wrestle with the decision to feed her children or send them to school. In Bangladesh, sewing-machine operators frequently toil for 100 hours or more a week, only to run out of money before the end of the month. Workers have demanded higher pay in all those countries, of course, sometimes precipitating violence between protesters and police. Companies in general, however, have preferred to sidestep the issue altogether. In fact, no multinational brand or retailer currently claims to pay its garment workers a wage they can subsist on.

The 'peace diamond' of Sierra Leone. The UN Has Called This The Second Biggest Environmental Problem Facing Our World. Is it worth poisoning people to collect some gold?

The UN Has Called This The Second Biggest Environmental Problem Facing Our World

That’s the question now facing Romania’s Prime Minister Mihai Tudose as he contemplates reopening the Rosia Montana goldfield. Rosia Montana holds 314 tons of gold and so offers the prospect of making millions and creating short-term employment opportunities for thousands of workers. Five unethical companies. Last updated: June 2017 Five unethical companies and brands to avoid The five companies listed below are five of the lowest ranking companies across our product guides.

Five unethical companies

(View a free sample product guide) All five companies score poorly across our rating system for failure to address a number of ethical issues including human rights, animal rights and environmental concerns. Ethical Clothing - Jeans Manufacturing Costs. Photographed by Ben Lamberty Call me macabre, but I would really like to know how much jeans cost that guarantee their makers weren't maimed, poisoned, harassed, starved, or even killed in the process.

Ethical Clothing - Jeans Manufacturing Costs

Sorry, sorry, sorry. I know that’s no fun. But it’s a question that just keeps popping up no matter how much I try to not think about it. I guess it stems from the fact that I consider myself a feminist. Marks & Spencer Publishes Interactive Supply-Chain Map. Marks & Spencer has published an interactive map that reveals for the first time 690 of the British department store’s clothing and home-goods suppliers.

Marks & Spencer Publishes Interactive Supply-Chain Map

The online tool debuted on Thursday as part of the retailer’s annual report—its first under new CEO Stephen Rowe, who took over the reins from Marc Bolland in April. In addition to its 2016 “Plan A” sustainability report—fun fact: about three-quarters of its products now include some kind of eco-friendly or ethical element—Marks & Spencer also issued its inaugural dedicated human-rights report, covering seven salient issues the retailer says it believes it has the greatest influence over: discrimination, freedom of association, living wages, working hours, forced labor, health and safety, and water and sanitation. Businessinsider. 35 Fair Trade and Ethical Clothing Brands That Are Betting Against Fast Fashion — The Good Trade.

Based In | Hawaii, USAEthics | Handmade in small batches, donates excess fabric, gives backBest For | Responsibly-made dressesProduct Range | Women’s tops, dresses, rompers, playsuitsPrice Range | $$–$$$ No matter the season, YIREH has us dreaming of sunny summer days.

35 Fair Trade and Ethical Clothing Brands That Are Betting Against Fast Fashion — The Good Trade

Moral Fibres - UK Eco Green Blog. Am I a fool to expect more than corporate greenwashing? The girl who said 'no' to marriage. Balkissa Chaibou dreamed of becoming a doctor, but when she was 12 she was shocked to learn she had been promised as a bride to her cousin.

The girl who said 'no' to marriage

She decided to fight for her rights - even if that meant taking her own family to court. Video of child bride in Lebanon shines spotlight on 37,000 child marriages every day. Some reacted with anger and confusion, while others looked on approvingly, even offering their congratulations.

Video of child bride in Lebanon shines spotlight on 37,000 child marriages every day

A 12-year-old girl, in a white wedding dress and veil, stands beside a man who looks like her grandfather. They are getting their wedding pictures taken by the sea. Breaking the system designed to keep tea workers poor. Sabita Banerji reports on the challenge of securing labour rights for plantation workers in India.

Breaking the system designed to keep tea workers poor

Last September, the BBC revealed appalling conditions on Assamese tea plantations (which supply, among others, London’s Fortnum and Mason) – overflowing cesspits, leaking roofs, child labour, pesticide poisoning and severely malnourished children. But this was not exactly news. There have been numerous similar reports over the past decades. Say you want a revolution? Get into crafts - Collectively. How we got Fairtrade certified gold in the Fairphone 2 supply chain. Mining Smartphones contain dozens of minerals sourced from every corner of the globe, including gold, which is commonly used in printed circuit boards (PCBs) as well as other wiring and components due to its excellent conductivity.

And of course, it’s not only found in phones. Gold is an essential material in many of today’s consumer electronics, and the electronics industry is the third largest consumer of gold worldwide, after the jewelry industry and financial sector. Major Fire At Bangladesh Sweater Factory Raises Questions About Continuing Safety Improvements. A massive fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Bangladeshi sweater factory that supplies Western retailers H&M and J.C. Penney. The conflagration injured at least four, but according to global labor rights advocates, barely escaped inflicting tragedy on a much deeper scale: Most of the factory’s more than 6,000 workers had not yet showed up to work.

“Had the fire started even one hour later ... the risk of death would have been extreme,” read a statement from the Clean Clothes Campaign, the International Labor Rights Forum, the Maquila Solidarity Network and the Worker Rights Consortium. Bangladesh fashion factory safety work severely behind schedule. More than half of H&M’s top suppliers based in Bangladesh have yet to install basic fire-safety measures more than two years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse spurred an international effort to improve safety in the country. More than a third of H&M’s top-rated “gold” and “platinum” graded suppliers have not removed sliding doors and collapsible gates, according to a report by workers’ rights groups, including the Clean Clothes Campaign.

The report adds that 13% of those suppliers have failed to take the basic step of removing locks from doors which could impede workers escaping a fire. More than 1,100 workers died in the collapse of Rana Plaza in April 2013. Welcome. The Economist. The Andean Worldview - an Alternative Economic Model?  This blog is part of a month-long focus around sustainable fashion across HuffPost UK Style and Lifestyle.

30 Fair Trade Clothing Brands That Are Betting Against Fast Fashion — The Good Trade. Provocative Labels Expose Sweatshop Horrors to Shoppers. INTERVIEW: Fashion Project Turns Clothing Donations Into Force for Good. The hidden cost of second-hand clothing. India Still Struggling to Combat Child Labour. «SWEATSHOP» ep. 1: - How many will die here every year? - Webtv - Aftenposten - video. The Global Crisis Of Child Labor, In 1 Map. In much of the world, childhood means being forced to go to work. There are approximately 168 million child laborers around the world, according to the International Labor Organization.

A new map by British consulting firm Maplecroft offers depressing perspective on just how widespread the problem is: Efforts to Clean Up 'Fast Fashion' Supply Chains Face a Tough Road. When customers at the U.K. clothing brand Primark check the labels of its garments, they usually expect to see low, low prices: £6.00 for a T-shirt or £10 for a dress (approximately $10 or $20, respectively). Primark Responds To The Exhausting Hours Label. 23 June 2014 Lauren Milligan. Woman finds cry for help from Primark Factory Worker stitched into new dress. How Ethical Are Your Favorite Fast-Fashion Brands? The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post.