[ View the story "The true cost of fashion" on Storify] The true cost of fashion Is consumer addiction to cheap clothing to blame for poor labour conditions?
The Stream· Tue, May 14 2013 09:34:35
died in the collapsed building, which housed
, including British label Primark and Canadian retailer Loblaw Companies. The incident occurred just months after a fire at a factory in November
Suman 912 los muertos de derrumbe en Bangladeshdiariodeorizaba.com/noticia/21249/… pic.twitter.com/iIjbdjhiWpDiario de Orizaba
The image below, captured by Bangladeshi photographer and activist
, shows two of the deceased in an embrace beneath the rubble. The image went viral across social media.
A photograph of a couple embraced in the rubble of the building that collapsed in Bangladesh. :' that's love xx pic.twitter.com/sci7N5DB2qInês Correia
Two weeks after the collapse, a fire at
garment factory caused the deaths of eight people.
, at least 1,800 people have been killed in factory fires and building collapses in Bangladesh.
have been rescued from the debris of Rana Plaza. Below, rescue workers assist 19-year-old seamstress Reshma Begum, who
buried beneath the rubble for 17 days.
Rescue workers in Bangladesh pulled a female garment worker from the rubble after 16 days. pic.twitter.com/Xq1hdFJXcMGihan A
Like Begum, many women take jobs in garment factories to support their families. The video below describes the situation of many of these women:
Do you know where your clothes come from?careinternationaluk
Bangladesh is one of the world's
nations and boasts some of the
lowest labour costs
in the world, making it an attractive destination for garment manufacturers. The graphic below illustrates the average cost of a $14 shirt in Canada.
Prix d'un T-shirtPrix des larmes & du sang #Bangladesh... www2.macleans.ca/2013/05/01/wha… … pic.twitter.com/O4xcl9FPuamaldon
people in Bangladesh live off $37 a month making clothes. and some people spend that weekly on one shirt. lol those people make me wanna GAGCeccoweeny
I hope the clothes stained with blood of Bangladesh workers are really comfortable.Magnus Skog
Although China remains the
recipient of foreign direct investment in the developing world, rising labour costs have made other nations in Southeast Asia more attractive to retailers. Below, workers assemble clothes in a factory in Sri Lanka, the world's second-largest garment exporter.
Foundation Garments Sri Lankasankidin88
Many netizens took retailers like Mango, Benetton, and Joe Fresh to task for what they said was their responsibility in the collapse, expressing frustrations on the companies' respective Facebook pages.
Instead of speaking of how saddened you are & sending condolences...put your money where your mouth is. Actions speak louder than words.Marlene T. Musiol
Stand out from the crowd, pick up a pair of pants that people were killed for making...UCB...kills again.Micheal Cosby
Guess you need to fire your auditors and develop new standards or maybe Mr. Weston would like to star in the Undercover Boss show and work in Bangladesh for a week.George Merchant
Others, however, put the focus of the issue back on consumers, making reference to Bangladesh's widespread poverty and the basic of principles of supply and demand.
Yes, take the jobs away from poor Bangladeshi workers, let them go back to hunger and homelessness! Very smart idea.Clayton Tang
The retailers only give you what you ask for,if you want made in this country,pay the price, every designer and clothing maker jobs out,take a good look at the tag on your clothes, all big names do it.Teri Case
stfu about garment workers conditions unless you, yourself are willing to stop buying cheap clothes made in those countries.dan!sh
If you want "Made in Canada" be my guest and pay $40 for a T-shirt. Right or wrong, I bet half of most people's closets are made in Bangladesh.Mariko Sormon