The Ten Dollar T-Shirt Is Not The Problem
In the wake of the April 24th Bangladesh factory collapse, which is now considered to be the most deadly accident in the history of the garment industry, I’ve been hearing a lot of people sharing some pretty uneducated and uninformed opinions.
I’ve heard stuff like, “Well, where did you think your ten dollar t-shirt came from?”
And, “Major clothing brands should refuse to do business with manufacturers in Bangladesh.”
And, “Why do we even make stuff overseas anyway? It’s all crap.”
There are a lot of problems with these types of statements. For one thing, the price of a piece of clothing is not at all indicative of the working conditions of its manufacturer. For another, implying (or outright saying) that there is something morally wrong with paying ten dollars for a t-shirt is incredibly classist. And finally, saying stuff like this shows a serious lack of understanding about how…
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