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What Not to Wear

Women in Uzbekistan pick cotton.  Photo courtesy of The Observer | UK Guardian

Women in Uzbekistan pick cotton. Photo courtesy of The Observer | UK Guardian

As I look down at the shirt I am wearing, I notice it is cotton.  Cotton that was grown in a field before somebody picked it, processed it and delivered it to a factory.  At the factory, fabric was made, cut and sewn.  The shirt was packaged and delivered to my local store.  The only thoughts that crossed my mind as I bought it were, ‘I like how this looks and it fits well.’

The truth is that I do not know the growers, the pickers the sewers or the packers.  I do not know their stories, who they were, where they are from or most importantly, if they were doing this work of their own free will.

Not for Sale recently published a report titled, Apparel Industry Trends from Farm to Factory. The report ‘ranks 300 apparel brands on their efforts to address child and forced labor in their supply chains. It provides a picture of the practices of industry leaders, and calls out brands that fuel modern slavery through their negligence.’  Read and download the full report.

 

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  1. LanaRose says:

    BraVo~ Give those poor people some food seeds, oxen, a few slaughterhouse cows, pigs, chickens & they can grow food~LRR

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