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Threads: A Young Person's Guide to Buying Clothes

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A Young Person's Guide to Buying Clothes
Overview
THE BIG PICTURE
Many clothes began in cotton fields, and Tabea Kay notes that most of the cotton grown in the world is from the U.S., China, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Brazil.
Overview

THE BIG PICTURE
Landauro states that there may be a sweatshop in just about any product. In U.S. sweatshops there is mostly adults and illegal immigrants working, but in South America and Asia, young workers work in sweatshops.
Overview
THE BIG PICTURE
Most t-shirts we wear in the U.S. are made in other countries. In fact, the GOODwebsite reports that the U.S. imported over $17 billion worth of cotton tees in a single year.
Working Conditions in the Garment Industry
DID YOU KNOW?
"Are Your Clothes Made in Sweatshops?" writes that many
workers in the sportswear industry live in poverty when they
have paying jobs. Workers are given long hours, have poor
working conditions, unacceptably low wages, and even

more
violations of labor rights and laws, which often don't get
enforced.
Working Conditions in the Garment Industry
DID YOU KNOW?
Steven Greenhouse reports that the Knights Apparel factory
is rare because it pays its workers three times the average
salary and lets them form unions. Also that worker
supporters applaud the efforts of trying to improve working
conditions, and many say by embracing higher wages it is
going farther because wages are important.
What are the working conditions like in the garment industry?
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By: Brielle Cramer
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According to Victor Landauro, for most U.S. jobs the minimum hourly wage is set at $5.15, and U.S. laws protect that, but some people set up sweatshops to increase company profit.
Working Conditions in the Garment Industry
DID YOU KNOW?
Landauro writes that in sweatshops it is

very crowded and there was no air
conditioning, so in the summer when the

machines gave off heat, and the windows

were closed, it was hard to breathe. Also

out of the city's 4,000 garment factories,

about 50% breaks the minimum wage

laws.
Working Conditions of the Garment Industry
DID YOU KNOW?
Landauro writes that Gap designed a "Code of

Vendor Conduct" to ensure workers' rights, and
Gap will no longer do business with factories that
fail to comply with those principles.
Working Conditions in the Garment Industry
DID YOU KNOW?
Steven Greenhouse claims that the Alta Gracia

factory pays employees three and a half times

the minimum wage, which is calculated to take
care of a family of four. The workers rights

consortium presses factories to treat their
workers fairly, and brands like Nike and Adidas
are working to improve workers welfare and to

get rid of sweatshops.
Working Conditions in the Garment Industry
DID YOU KNOW?
According to Landauro, Erica C. had to work

12 hours a day without a break and the
bathrooms there were full of cockroaches
and disgusting. But she could not give up on

her job because she needed the money to
survive. Another one man, named Antonio,
went to the hospital with a bloody nose and
the

exposure to the toxic chemicals in the

factory, that he had not been warned of, had
damaged his kidneys.
Advice to Consumers

WANT TO DO SOMETHING? DO THIS!
According to Greenhouse, united students against

sweatshops are planning on giving out fliers urging

students to have education on this topic and know

what is going on.
My Thoughts:
This is important because it can show consumers
who buy clothes how the clothes you are wearing

are made. It is a good start on stopping sweatshops
if you are against them and learning

what they are
all about.
Advice to Consumers
WANT TO DO SOMETHING? DO THIS!
The students are also convincing
people/consumers to rehire fired

workers and give them a living wage,

according to Greenhouse.
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Advice to Consumers
WANT TO DO SOMETHING? DO THIS!
If end consumers like us can gain a better
understanding of our T-shirts production cycle,

Tabea Kay claims that we can put pressure on
corporations to help make more informed

decisions about how clothes we wear today are

made and the process in which they are made.
WORKS CITED:
"Are Your Clothes Made in Sweatshops?"
Oxfam Australia
. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2013.

Greenhouse, Steven. "An Apparel Factory Defies Sweatshop Label, but Can It Thrive?"
The New York Times
. The New York Times, 18 July 2010. Web. 20 May 2013.

Kay, Tabea. "Ethical Style: How Is My T-Shirt Made?"
GOOD
. GOOD, 9 Feb. 2012. Web. 16 May 2013.

Landauro, Victor. "Teens In Sweatshops."
Junior Scholastic
106.8 (2003): 8.
Middle Search Plus
. Web. 29 May 2013.
THANKS
FOR
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Prezi Made By:
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