Most of us, when we shop, don’t look past the brand of the item — even if we don’t want to admit that having brand name items makes us feel good. The reality is that we don’t pay attention to where clothes come from unless we are working in the fashion industry.
In class, we watched the documentary, The True Cost, which explores sweatshops. The word sweatshop has such a bad connotation that no one really sees that some people depend solely on this work to survive.
Although there are technically sweatshops in America, the conditions here are not as bad as they might be in a city like Bangladesh. An organization called Garment Worker Center that tells the stories of the people who work there. Having an organization like this is a step in the right direction. The organization shares the troubles that the workers have and ask people to help make a change.
But about in other countries?
In China, about 85 percent of the poor live in rural areas. Sweatshop jobs, though dangerous, are what keeps many of these families alive with a roof over their heads. There are not many job opportunities for people who have no or limited education.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to tear down all the sweatshops in the world and have everyone be equal and happy? Of course, but that is not how the world works. What can improve things is making conditions better for the workers and increasing their pay so they have a fighting chance of a better life.
By Arnelle Louis-Pierre