Sweatshops, Child Labor and What You Can Do

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Putting the problem into context: The Gap

In October 2007, New Dehli (India) children as young as ten years old were discovered in factories producing clothing for the Gap.

In 2007, three people died in an Indian factory producing for the Gap because the Gap had refused to let employees leave work when they felt ill.

The Gap settled a lawsuit for sweatshop labor in Saipan, a U.S. territory in the South Pacific. The suit was brought on by twenty-two companies.

Sweatshops in no fewer than six countries have been linked to the Gap.

Since 2006, at least 600 Bangladeshi garment workers have died in fires and building collapses due to unsafe working conditions and poorly maintained facilities.

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And then bringing it back out:

The Gap is by no means the only company responsible for child labor, sweatshop labor, worker deaths, factory fires, and generally unsafe working conditions. Other companies guilty of these practices include, but are not limited to, Wal-Mart, Reebok, Nike, Phillips-Van Heusen, Liz Claiborne and Ralph Lauren, the list goes on, and on, and on.

What can we do to help change this harsh reality?

Buy from second hand clothing shops

Make your clothes last longer

  • Avoid overwashing your clothes.
  • Repair tears.

Make your own clothes

Swap clothes with your friends

Being informed about harsh working conditions and about what you can do to help is important in making a difference.

Help others make a difference too by sharing this page!.

For more information on sweatshops, visit:

http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/background-sweatshops

http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/sweatshops/whattoknow.cfm

 

One Comment on “Sweatshops, Child Labor and What You Can Do

  1. Pingback: Your True Purchasing Power – Part One – Using Your Money as a Political Tool | Positive Activism

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