How often do you go out to the mall to treat yourself by adding something new to your wardrobe?
But do you know where your clothes are made, and who makes them?
I don’t shop that often, but when I feel the urge to get some new clothes, H&M is my go-to store—mainly because of its affordability. I decided to look at the clothing I own from H&M and found they were made in Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, Myanmar, and Cambodia. You can assume your clothes were made in some sweatshop where workers are on clock seven days a week earning less than $1 or $2 a day — not to mention they are sometimes being physically abused.
Still not buying it? Here’s a little something from H&M:
“Like most other retailers, the H&M group does not own any factories; instead we work with independent suppliers. Many of our products are made in some of the world’s poorest countries, and garment production is often the first step on the way out of poverty in many of these countries.”
But is that really the first step on the way out of poverty?
Most of the paycheck that workers receive from working in these garment factories goes toward feeding their family so they can survive. Your immediate response would probably be what can be done to put a stop to sweatshops. Unfortunately, “sweatshops are paradoxically the bright spots in the economy.”
So what do you propose can be done?
Should I stop shopping at H&M all together?
By Kendra Key