As I do more research about sweatshops and labor inequality in the garment industry, I’m finding myself completely overwhelmed by all that is out there. I feel like I don’t have a basis for understanding globalization, what it means for our economy and the economies of the countries where our clothes are made, and what I can do to help change working conditions for people on the other side of the world. A quick search brought up this book:
and since it’s described as “highly readable,” (and it’s less than $20 from Amazon) I decided to give it a go. I’m hoping that, somewhere between finding ways to keep my four kids busy and out of trouble this summer and working to keep my house from being declared a world Superfund site , I’ll get it read. Anyone up for a read-along? A sort of virtual book club? No? Well, if not, I’ll try to give you all a summary of what I’ve read every once in awhile. And if you’re still not all that interested, check out some changes that will be coming to my blog in the coming weeks — more resources on where to buy union-made clothing, more tutorials, and a weekly focus on thrifted and homemade items that features YOU and YOUR stuff. So make sure you stop by tomorrow and every Tuesday to share the pre-loved and handmade items you’ve rescued or created with your own two hands. And whether you’re a regular reader or a first-time visitor to my site, I hope you’ll take some time this week to check out the tags in the clothing you wear. Visit your favorite stores, look at the labels, and take note of where your clothes come from. Ask the salespeople if they know where their stores’ clothes are made and who makes them. And then ask yourself how our biggest companies can produce all of their products outside of the United States, yet still offer rock-bottom prices. The answers, I think, will change the way you shop.