Federal investigation find rampant sweatshop labor in L.A. factories

November 27, 2016 by  
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If you’ve been buying US-made clothes in order to avoid funding sweatshop labor, we have bad news for you. The Department of Labor announced earlier in November that a massive investigation of 77 Southern California garment contractors found widespread minimum wage and overtime violations, affecting major retailers like Forever 21, T.J. Maxx, Ross, Macy’s, and Nordstrom. In some cases, workers were being paid as little as $4 per hour.

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Why your $8 shirt is a huge problem for society and the environment

March 5, 2016 by  
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Cheap clothing is a serious social and environmental problem, but the lure of the $8 shirt is hard to resist. This video from Grist reveals why you need to ditch the fast fashion and will have you agreeing that, “yeah, that’s a lot of resources for one shitty shirt.” READ MORE >

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Sweatshop Protesters Slam Gap, Walmart’s Bangladesh Safety Plan as a “Sham”

July 13, 2013 by  
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In the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, which claimed the lives of 1,129 garment workers, many clothing retailers—including H&M and Zara signed the Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh . Several U.S.-based retailers, including Gap and Walmart refused to sign the Accord as the agreement to ensure worker safety would be legally binding. In response, these companies have created an Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety as a non-enforceable “alternative” to the Accord on Fire & Building Safety. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh , bangladesh safety , Ethical Fashion , GAP , h&m , Rana Plaza , safety accord , Sustainable Fashion , sweatshop labor , walmart , worker safety , Zara        

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Over 300 People Dead in Bangladesh Factory Collapse

April 26, 2013 by  
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Photo by Andrew Biraj for  Reuters The death toll at the horrific garment factory collapse that occurred earlier this week has now risen to 300 . According to the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, 80% of the factory’s workers were young women aged between 18 and 20 . As upsetting as it’s been to watch, we’ve been following the news on Ecouterre , as well as investigating how consumers can express to the big name brands that make their clothes at the factory that the working conditions that led to the casualties is absolutely unacceptable. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , Benetton , CA , Dhaka , Dress Barn , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , forced labor , green fashion , human rights , Joe Fresh , KiK , Mango , Primark , Rana Plaza , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sweatshop labor , sweatshop workers , sweatshops , Tazreen Fashions , The Children’s Place , walmart , workers rights        

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Bangladesh Garment-Factory Fire Kills 112 Because of Safety Issues

November 27, 2012 by  
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Late Saturday an industrial blaze took down a multi-level garment factory outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, claiming the lives of at least 112 people. The fire is said to be the country’s worst-ever in the industrial sector, and it eerily echoed a similar incident that  claimed 300 lives in Pakistan  back in September. “The factory had three staircases, and all of them were down through the ground floor so the workers could not come out when the fire engulfed the building,” Mohammad Mahbub, the operations director for fire department, told the  Associated Press . “Had there been at least one emergency exit through outside the factory, the casualties would have been much lower.” READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , clean clothes campaign , Dhaka , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , Fashion , forced labor , green , human rights , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style” title=”Bangladesh Garment-Factory Fire , sweatshop labor , sweatshop workers , sweatshops , Tazreen Fashions , walmart , workers rights

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“Dirty White Gold’s” Leah Borromeo Talks About Farmer Suicides and GM Cotton

November 13, 2012 by  
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Cotton is at the heart of clothing manufacturing, but as most only see the material in its final, hanger-hugging form, few are aware of the incredible human and environmental costs associated with its production. Leah Borromeo, a journalist and filmmaker based in London, has set out to illuminate the “debts, pesticides, and suicides” that surrounds the fibers of our clothing. Nearly 300,000 Indian cotton farmers have killed themselves over the years to escape the poverty trap of industrialized agriculture, yet their plight continues to go unrecognized. We recently spoke to the documentarian about her latest film,  The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold , the human cost of  cheap fashion , and why the fashion industry needs to shape up. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conventional cotton , Dirty White Gold , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , farmer suicides , forced labor , genetic engineering , genetic modification , green fashion , human rights , India , Leah Borromeo , organic cotton , pesticides , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sweatshop labor , sweatshop workers , sweatshops , toxic chemicals , workers rights

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H&M, Gap, Levi’s Garment Workers in Cambodia Strike Over Poverty Pay

May 27, 2012 by  
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More than 5,000 Cambodian garment workers have failed to reach an agreement with their employers after an 11 day strike. They were asking for a $5 pay raise from their base salary of $61 that requires them to work for eight hours a day, six days a week –  plus another $25 per month to cover transportation and housing costs. The garment factory supplies clothing to  J.Crew ,  Old Navy ,  Gap , Banana Republic ,  H&M , and  Levi’s .   Click ahead to read more about the strike and why an agreement isn’t being met. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Banana Republic , Cambodia , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , GAP , green fashion , h&m , J.Crew , Levi-Strauss , Levis , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sweatshop labor , sweatshops , workers rights

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As Olympics Approach, Adidas, Nike, and Puma Are Accused of Exploiting Their Workers

March 10, 2012 by  
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As we all look forward to the start of the  2012 London Olympics ,  War on Want , an anti-poverty charity is looking into the human rights violations committed by the companies that provide the sportswear. Their report documents evidence of illegal work hours, dismal wages, sexual harassment, and physical violence in six factories contracted by Adidas, Nike, and Puma. Click ahead to read more about the accusations and learn what this means for the upcoming games. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 London Olympics , Adidas , Bangladesh , eco-fashion , eco-friendly sports , eco-friendly sportswear , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , human rights , Nike , olympics , PUMA , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable sports , sustainable sportswear , sustainable style , sweatshop labor , sweatshops , War on Want , workers rights

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