Let's talk about clothes. Did you know that most of our clothes that come from big brands are likely to be made by children from the age between 5-14? In developing countries, poor labour laws fail to protect factory workers that work in "sweatshops", resulting in poor working conditions, unfair wages, unreasonable hours, child labor, and a lack of benefits for workers. Unfortunately these wages paid to these workers aren't even enough to sustain there families basic needs, hence why children must come and work in these factories. This cycle of whole families having to work in these industries reduced the amount of education the children get long term. This traps them into a cycle of generations of poverty as they never teach a higher education, therefore can never work outside of the factories. A study showed that doubling the salary of sweatshop workers would only increase the consumer cost of an item by 1.8%, while consumers would be willing to pay 15% more to know a product did not come from a sweatshop ( fact from dosomething.org)
So what should we do? First of all, a reduction from over consumption of clothing needs to take place in society, as the demand we are making for the global market sustains these unethical practices. Secondly, apart from demanding fair wages and worker rights for all worldwide, it is important to support local and ethical brands that do good. There are so many out there, you just need to look. By demanding better conditions, and favoriting ethical clothing over sweatshops, the demand will rise, and businessses will have to follow. Businesses supply what we demand. So let's stop demanding cheap goods and start demanding quality ones.
Here is a sustainable leader, @salterreclothing who promotes ethical clothing that do good and feel good. #IChoseSustainability #SustainableToday