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Garment Factory Collapse in Bagladesh Sandy.A California 7 posts
May 17th '13

Hi Guys,
I don't know if you have heard about what horrible things happen in garment factories overseas!? Only because we (The Western World) demand cheap clothing people in these countries have to suffer and die!
Yesterday another garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh and big apparel companies from Europe and the U.S. just let it happen...
I am a little depressed because I want to help, but I feel like the fact that I for example try to buy organic clothing produced under fair labor pratices doesn't change anything as long as nobody else does something similar.
What do you guys think? How can I make other people understand how severe the situation is? How do you guys try to contribute something valuable?

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 47032 posts
May 17th '13

Actually... places like that live off of the business we give them.
Yeah, their situation is shitty, but without our trades and the money that they get from us (even though it's cheap for US) they would be a hell of a lot more worse-off.



True story right there.

♀NoBoysAllowed 19 kids; San Diego, California 51862 posts
May 17th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MunchkinWrangler:</b>" Actually... places like that live off of the business we give them. Yeah, their situation is shitty, ... [snip!] ... that they get from us (even though it's cheap for US) they would be a hell of a lot more worse-off. True story right there. "</blockquote>




Another thing I was thinking about is the building regulations in their country. If they raise their standards, things like that won't happen. That's not to say the companies shouldn't have their own standards for business, but they can't blame America for not taking care of and looking out for their own people.
With that said, I do think something should be done...on their own part.

Sandy.A California 7 posts
May 17th '13

Do you really think it's that easy? I agree that they get a lot of business from the U.S., but why do we have to take advantage of their situation. We could easily pay them a little more which would help them out big time. Where do you usually shop?

user banned 1 child; New Orleans, Louisiana 18159 posts
May 17th '13

I have to agree with the previous posters. Especially building regulations. While I do believe they don't get paid near enough, how many people do you think would actually pay more for the same product in this economy? I know plenty of diehard brand lovers that have told me they won't pay more for the brand if it is the same quality.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 47032 posts
May 17th '13
Quoting ♀NoBoysAllowed:" <blockquote><b>Quoting MunchkinWrangler:</b>" Actually... places like that live off ... [snip!] ... taking care of and looking out for their own people. With that said, I do think something should be done...on their own part."


Yeah, they have their own standards for taking care of their buildings and such.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 47032 posts
May 17th '13
Quoting Sandy.A:" Do you really think it's that easy? I agree that they get a lot of business from the U.S., but why do ... [snip!] ... of their situation. We could easily pay them a little more which would help them out big time. Where do you usually shop?"


It IS that easy. We pay less so that our companies/country can profit. It's all about money when it comes down to it. They are okay with what they get paid, if they weren't they wouldn't have to accept our trade. They could easily tell us to f**k off. Our business provides jobs for the people over there, something they would not have otherwise and gives them what money they have. We COULD offer them more money, but we have more important places to spend our money than clothing.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 47032 posts
May 17th '13
Quoting Frank Castiglione:" Now you've gone from the culpability of US & EU clothing companies in the collapse of garment factories ... [snip!] ... Also, you're browsing the internet from a computer, tablet, or smart phone that was assembled in Asia, by poorly paid workers."


BAHAHAHA.

^(MallyCat)^ 2 kids; Columbus, Ohio 733 posts
May 17th '13
Quoting Sandy.A:" Hi Guys, I don't know if you have heard about what horrible things happen in garment factories overseas!? ... [snip!] ... How can I make other people understand how severe the situation is? How do you guys try to contribute something valuable?"


if you want to help these people, buy fair trade products.so few people even know what fair trade is. try to get the word out.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 47032 posts
May 17th '13
Quoting ^(MallyCat)^:" if you want to help these people, buy fair trade products.so few people even know what fair trade is. try to get the word out."


So much of the fair trade stuff, though, is a scam. Like the ice cream company here who claims to be fair trade. It's not... they get their ingredients imported by migrant workers.

^(MallyCat)^ 2 kids; Columbus, Ohio 733 posts
May 17th '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" So much of the fair trade stuff, though, is a scam. Like the ice cream company here who claims to be fair trade. It's not... they get their ingredients imported by migrant workers. "


very true. ive seen a lot of businesses put fake fair trade logos on their products. i dont know how they get away with that. i went on a service learning trip to guatemala this past winter to learn about their coffee industry. they went from back breaking work to being able to feed their families and send their kids to school. its amazing when done right.

Sandy.A California 7 posts
May 20th '13

I still it's ignorant that they don't have to work for Western companies. Sure they do... They rather take a horrible job that pays badly than no job. It's kind of a life and death decision. However, that doesn't mean that it was to be that way. We could do something about it, but most people decide not to do so and find ridiculous excuses.



I try to buy fair trade, etc. I know that's not perfect, but definitely better than doing nothing. For my son I buy many things from a company called KinderStuff (https://www.kinderstuff.us/). Their stuff is made in the U.S. & Germany and everything is organic. Have you guys heard of Everlane and Warby Parker. They also sell great stuff. It's not cheap, but at least I don't have to feel bad about shopping with them.

♀NoBoysAllowed 19 kids; San Diego, California 51862 posts
May 20th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ⚓ Sarah ⚓:</b>" HAHA ok, now I know why you posted."</blockquote>




Roooiigght?

Sandy.A California 7 posts
May 21st '13

Why did I post?