Shoppers in the U.K. Inadvertently Supporting Sweatshops in 3rd World

December 14, 2010 12:13:00 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Lobby

If they knew they were supporting sweatshops, these British shoppers would make different choices, period. Good job, War on Want and Labour Behind the Label... http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/12/british-high-street-sweatshop-probe

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Mike Literman

Mike Literman

Personally, I don't see any harm in mentioning what companies support sweatshops. I don't condone sweatshops, but I feel that it's important to know where you products come from. Where sweatshops might be illegal here in the US, they aren't in third world countries. Regardless of their location, if I'm spending a considerable amount of money on something, I would like it to be hand crafted and if I later found out that what I purchased down the line was made in a sweatshop, I would be unbelievable disappointed. It should be made more apparent to how prominent sweatshops are in today's economy and people should really consider where their products come from more often rather than just how much they cost.

Posted December 14, 2010 4:01:33 PM UTC

Kevin Dawidowicz

Kevin Dawidowicz

With a tool like this in place and ready to go, I can be assured that the materials I am buying come from quality sources and reputable manufacturers. I sometimes fear that the sneakers or jerseys I purchase come from unscrupulous sources that leverage the work efforts of children or lower-than-poverty pay scale employees. Now, when I see this highly visible tag, with assurance that I am purchasing from the actual source, I can be confident that I am no longer supporting sweatshop activities in the 3rd world.

Posted December 14, 2010 3:55:32 PM UTC

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