Where Our Clothes Come From – Yeah, It Matters.

 

Clothing landfills
Clothing landfills

What we have in thrift shops and stores is not even a 3rd of the clothes in the worldWhats in  all clothing stores is not even a 3rd of the clothes worldwide

Fashion, Clothes, Following Trends and buying clothes at the mall are Vital to the assumption of a stereotypical teen.   But hey this isn’t just about us teens. People in general today follow trends or go out and buy a brand new t shirt or skirt without thinking where it came from.

Cambodia Garment workers
Cambodia Garment workers

Before the term Thrift shopping  was brought to many’s attention as ‘Cool’ and ‘Chic’.  All my  life  my and my family’s  clothes have been from thrift shops, garage sales or hand me downs,  this is simply because we can’t afford the price of clothes from say a H&M, Forever 21,  Ross etc. Clothing stores like those that are usually Chains and have A lot of $$.   But after doing some Research and watching the Documentary “The True Cost”  I must say after doing my research i was glad to say that my family aren’t consumers Corporate stores like those.

Did i mention how HORRIBLE it is for the enviorment
Did i mention how HORRIBLE it is for the enviorment

What i found out was astonishing, Mind Blowing. How did people not know about this!    Firstly,  how much were Blinded from what’s going on in these cramped cement like slums of  dirty broken factories in Bangladesh, India, Thailand and much more all around the world.   The conditions are so poor that many have died for example in the Collapse of a Garment factory building in Bangladesh a couple years ago because the building was in such bad shape and the workers had informed their owner many times that the walls were cracking open and tilting yet the Owner did not do anything at all which resulted in this tragic happening. But this isn’t the first. Many incidents like these have occurred before.

Lake in China due to garment factory
Lake in China due to garment factory

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Women, Men and Children all working non stop for less than 70$ a month. This is because of the Worker protests  causing deaths and injuries that went on after what had happened at Rana Plaza.   Before it was about 30$ a month. Yet  many have to wait months for their paycheck.   When the electricity goes out in the building it means that the workers can not work which means that they have to work longer and harder hours using a manual machine and if they can’t complete their work in time the job will be given to someone else.

Rana Building Collapse 2010
Rana Building Collapse 2010
Heart broken
Heart broken

What i found out is that whenever we see a sale for clothes such as 2 for 1 or 50% OFF the laborers in the factories are getting told by the owner to Sew faster! Stitch faster! Stressing them out so much. Yet in this case it may not be the Owner’s Choice Because they’re being told by some company overseas such as America or Europe that they want it fast and now!

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Men working in a garment factory. Looks like at least 15 years ago.
Men working in a garment factory. Looks like at least 15 years ago.

What makes me mad is that some Companies know about what’s going on in the factories but don’t know the conditions are that horrific. When some do know yet turn a blind eye when they are questioned about it.  It upsets me how much America and the UK are part of this consumers of these brands should be well informed of where and how it came from.

WOW
WOW
The sea is ruined
The sea is ruined

 

I hope you make the right Decision the next time you see that pair of jeans at old navy or leggings at lulu lemon think for about where it came from and do you really want to be a part of that? Or do you want to be the one who informs your friends about their clothing and start  a trend to make your own!

info on True cost click here

Movie the true cost MUST WATCH!!!!
Movie the true cost MUST WATCH!!!!

 

Sites i found that have more information.

info on Bangladesh landfills

You tube vid on the topic

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None of these photos are mine. I do not own them at all.

Posted by Lily Larsen

I am a 17-year-old​ activist/arts advocate and have been participating in marches, protests and petitions since I was 5 years old. I serve on Mayor Garcetti's Youth Council for South LA. And have generated a petition to ban factory farming in California with over 55,000 signatures. I organize community events and get teens like me connected with social justice issues and activism all over LA.

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