Episode
May 14, 2013

The true cost of fashion

Is consumer addiction to cheap clothing to blame for poor labour conditions?
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A Bangladeshi family member holds up the portrait of a missing relative believed to be trapped in the rubble of an eight-story building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on May  13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMAN


With more than 1,100 dead, the building collapse is the worst accident in Bangladeshi history. It has caused the nation anguish and again drawn attention to the unsafe conditions of the country’s poorly regulated $20 billion garment industry. What is the responsibility of Western companies whose products are manufactured in these factories? Is the consumers’ addiction to cheap clothing to blame? Join us at 1930GMT. 

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:


Judy Gearhart @ILRF
Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum
ilrf.org

Elizabeth Cline @thegoodcloset
Author, "Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion"
overdressedthebook.com

Reaz Bin Mahmood
Vice President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
bgmea.com.bd

Taslima Akhter
Activist and photographer
taslimaakhter.com

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