I have stuff hanging in my closet that’s been made in Bangladesh. We all do. Does that mean that we’re indirectly responsible for the death of over 1,000 people who were crushed when that garment factory in Dhaka collapsed in on itself?
If it’s not our fault, then whose fault is it? The factory owner and bosses? They’re the ones who didn’t follow building and safety regulations, after all. Turns out the eight-story building was cheaply made, and that it didn’t pass some “necessary” safety clearances.
The clothing companies? They’re the ones who pay so little to manufacture their clothes overseas. According to the Associated Press, workers in the factory were making $38 a month. The companies don’t just bank on cheap labor, but also on the actual cost of garment production per piece. Check this out:
Is the government responsible? Because you know someone’s palm is getting greased when a building with so many violations is allowed to run business as usual. Or, when companies are allowed to outsource to virtually anywhere. Money talks, after all.
So say it’s our fault. Do we boycott clothes made in Bangladesh, or China, or Taiwan, or Indonesia, or…? I’m not sure that’s the best solution either…
Here are some photos to looks at as we consider the ways in which we contribute – and how each of us, in our own small way, may be able to prevent things like this from happening in the future.
The next time you buy something for super cheap, just remember that it probably costs way more than you think it did.