I really wanted this blog to be somewhere people could go and see under what conditions their clothes were made and where they were made. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am finding the non-answers, half-truths and constant follow up to be exhausting and I have been unable to really address the issue. Those working in sweatshops around the world are being abused, but they also depend on their wages for survival. So if everyone starts to boycott clothing made in one country or another, it can affect millions of people.
I think we need an army of people all asking the same questions. Until we all demand change, the priority of clothing manufacturers will always be the “bottom line” and the employees who make the clothes, as long as they remain far far away from the sales shops, will remain hidden and the ones who truly pay for our insatiable desire for inexpensive clothing.
I am going to shift gears on this blog. I want to focus on places where I can have reasonable assurance that employees are treated with some respect and dignity. Places where I am confident in the labour laws. Over the next few weeks I will be redesigning this blog and focusing on clothing made here in Canada. I know this is not a solution the problem, but it something I can do to affect positive change here in Canada. That is, until I have the time and energy to take on the international fashion world.