Sunday, July 06, 2008

Fashion 'Slaves'

I think no one really deserves to be called fashionable unless they truly know what they are wearing. And i wasn't really referring to the knowledge of trend, quality or price. Instead, i was referring to the awareness of knowing who made that piece of garment we're flaunting on our naked bod.

Why bother one might ask. Here's why:

Sweatshop Slavery

Sweatshop is the term used to describe a work place that violates labor laws such as using child labour, placing their workers under horrible working conditions, sub-minimum wages, no benefits, non-payment of wages, forced overtime, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, corporal punishment, and illegal firings.

Brands caught guilty:
Forever 21
J.C. Penney
Abercrombie & Fitch and so many more.

Makes one wonder how much these brand monsters make when the cost to make them costs as much as a packet of flour. It disgusts me to the max knowing the reason why some countries will always be richer while wearing something made of others painful sweat and blood

On Child Labour
Many of us are still unaware of the seriousness of child labour because we often see this in Malaysia too. But how far is too far when it comes to using a child to work? Most of us probably grew up 'helping out' with family businesses. But in this generation i strongly believe that children cannot be deprived of childhood experiences, education and knowledge because this is all they have to guarantee them a place and better future in the society. And parents should STOP having the mentality that making their children work is a convenient form of child discipline.

One may think, there's really nothing they can do to curb this issue. I on the other hand feels otherwise. If those brands can make you pay for something made by slaves, then you are no different from an ignorant idiot.

Bear in mind, we weren't born to be poor or rich. But were often manipulated to be either one. One's riches is most likely made by someone poorer but that is not an excuse to take advantage. As fellow consumers, i strongly urge everyone to play their part by knowing the brands they are buying from because being ignorant just might put blood on your hands.

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