Tatiana Branch: Do you know what goes into making your clothes?

bAmerica has its fair share of people in poverty and those who are working for the country’s minimum wage or less. However, in other countries many people make less than America’s minimum wage and they work in worse conditions.

One of the many products that are imported to America is clothes.  People in countries like China, Bangladesh, and India make the clothes that we wear. In April 2013, a Bangladesh garment factory collapsed and killed around 1,000. The Business Insider reports that these disasters are becoming more common.

Meanwhile, working conditions and the pay for people who work in these clothing factories are among the worst in the world. Bangladesh has become the world’s second-largest clothing exporter because companies have moved production there to take advantage of the very low wages and the lightest regulations in the world. 

aMany U.S. and European retailers import clothing from Bangladesh, including popular brands such as H&M and Benetton. The low prices we pay for these clothes are tied directly to the low wages and working conditions to the people in Bangladeshis who make them.

Many men, women and children make clothes for these fashion companies, but they are at great risks. Fires aren’t uncommon. Child labor is common. People are forced to work long hours making our clothes, — slave labor, according to Yahoo. If they refuse to work, they could be beaten or killed.

The True Cost documentary gave an inside look at the clothing industry. It showed these people making our clothes and their working conditions. On the other side, it showed the clothing chain for which they make the clothes. People in the U.S are fighting and killing each other every year on Black Friday to buy decent high quality brands at low prices, while these people slave day and night for very little money.

Dosomething.org says America has stronger labor laws than most countries. A study showed that doubling the salary of sweatshop workers only increases the consumer cost of an item by 1.8 percent, while consumers will pay 15 percent more to know that a product did not come from a sweatshop. 


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