Clothing Buying Guide 2016

"Concerning Conditions"

The owners of the Bangladesh factories treat their workers poorly, they illegally do many things, and they don’t care about the condition of their factories. The condition of the factories and safety regulations that have been seen throughout a factory include child labor and abusive bosses. According to, "Undercover In A Bangladesh Clothing Factory," Most workers are women and are hired before they are 14. Workers don't live good lives. The condition of these factories is the cause for a lot of restricitions that these workers have. These conditions are unhealthy for the workers and they keep the workers from things that every person should have. Like being able to live with their children.

"Factory owners don't take ethical fire precautions"

"Undercover In A Bangladesh Clothing Factory," says that when it comes to safety, owners don't take the ethical fire precautions that are required. There aren’t enough exits in case of an emergency. There are bars over the windows so they can’t get out. There are supposedly 13 fire extinguishers, but inspectors only found two throughout the whole factory. The owners treat their workers poorly in general, so on top of the fact that the workers get treated poorly, they are at a great risk of danger. The owners of these factories are quite possibly unaware of the fact that if there's an emergency they are in danger too. They should be meeting the safety standards

"We don't know whether or not the workers are being treated fairly"

Whether people check in once in a while or not, we have no real way of telling whether or not the workers are being treated fairly. This boy is clearly younger than 14, and he is working in this poorly-conditioned factory. According to the artcile, "Fairtrade accused of failing to deliver benefits to African farmworkers," Fairtrade failed to deliver their end of the bargain and pay the workers the promised benefits that the workers were planning on using fairly among each other. "The Guardian," along with many other writers believes that Fairtrade did in fact fail to deliver benefits to farmworkers in Africa.

"Alternatives - Fairtrade"

According to Fair Trade USA, There are more reassuring brands to buy clothing from, including Fairtrade. According to, "World Fairtrade Organization," Fair trade is, "a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South." In other words, Fairtrade is an organization that makes sure that companies treat their workers fairly. They get companies to follow their guidelines, in return for the companies being able to use their label and for a premium. A premium is a certain amount of money that Fairtrade pays to the owners of the companies, a certain percentage of which goes to the factory workers. With this money, the factory workers have full control over the money and the bank account that keeps the money. The workers have the ability to spend the money on anything that they can all use whether that's individually or as a group. They have the options of using it for bonuses, building a school or day care, healthcare for them and their families, or better equipment for either their house or their work. In order to get the premium and use Fairtrade's label, you have to follow three steps. Step 1: Review and follow all 367 rules that Fairtrade has for the condition of the factories. These rules include no abuse, minimum wage pay, they get breaks during their work day, they don't have to work extreme hours, no child labor and so much more. Step 2: This is when Fairtrade comes in to play their part, while the businesses are holding up their end of the bargain. Fairtrade gives them a premium and the owners must agree to give a fair amount of it to the workers and let them have control over their bank account. Step 3: Inspections. The owners of the companies must agree to let Fairtrade Inspectors visit the factories and make sure everything is undercontrol and doing what needs to be done. This is the problem though, Fairtrade has no way of telling whether or not the owners are being respectful and following the rules when inspectors aren't there. Although many companies use this label, therefore convincing more consumers to buy Fairtrade-approved clothing, the consumers may just be spending their money on something that is the same price made in a low-quality Bangladesh factory without Fairtrade.

"Alternatives - USA"

For some consumers, buying american made clothing is more ethical than buying clothing made internationally. Yes, America has factories with semi-good condition, definitely better condition than Bangladesh factories. Workers in most American clothing factories make a living wage and they get to support their families. On the other hand, many Americans are left homeless with or without their families. They need jobs so they can make money. They get these jobs so they can try and support themselves and/or their families.

"Alternatives - Bangladesh"

Bangladesh is a poor country to begin with. Many live in shelters and have jobs with very low pay. One of those jobs happens to be working in a clothing factory. The condition of these factories is very poor and the workers don't get a living wage, don't have healthcare, and most live in small houses. According to NPR News, some workers with kids aren't even allowed to live with their kids. NPR says that this is because the condition of Bangladesh factories is so bad that the workers aren't healthy enough and don't meet the health requirements to be with their kids. For some, it's more ethical to buy from the Bangladesh factories because they can give some money to the people who work way too hard for what they get paid. The garment exports from Bangladesh plus the consumers who pay for Bangladesh-made clothing means that Bangladesh could be pulled out of poverty.

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