The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post
Michael Hobbes There’s this video that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. “Do you still want to buy this shirt?” For a generation now, buying better has been one of our most potent forms of protest. It all started in the mid-’90s, when anti-sweatshop mania burst into the mainstream of American culture. And for a while there, it worked. But in the past 25 years, the apparel industry, the entire global economy, has undergone a complete transformation. This year, I spoke with more than 30 company reps, factory auditors and researchers and read dozens of studies describing what has happened in those sweatshops since they became a cultural fixation three decades ago. translation missing: en.parallax1_caption If you’ve ever been to a corporate social responsibility conference, you’ve undoubtedly heard the story of the three fire extinguishers. This is the world that No Logo built. It’s the same in Burma.
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