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Question: Is it ethical and right to purchase inexpensive clothing from slave labor or sweat shops ?
Never - 3 (12%)
No, but I cannot say never - 8 (32%)
No, unless I do not have any options - 5 (20%)
Yes, it provides a livelihood for the poor - 4 (16%)
Yes - 5 (20%)
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« Reply #135 on: July 09, 2014, 10:05:33 AM »

Before I buy an article of clothing, I first look at the tag to determine the country of origin.  I then conduct extensive research into the brand to determine where exactly the factory or factories are located.  I then purchase plane tickets and fly personally to each factory where I conduct hours of interviews with the workers and managers of these factories.  I ask about the working conditions, whether the staff are paid, if so how much, whether the staff are there against their will, what would they do differently if they had a choice, whether they are able to survive now, whether they would do better for themselves with another job, whether there are better job prospects in the area, whether the managers are friendly, etc.  I connect my translator and the workers to polygraph machines to verify that the workers and my translator are telling me the truth.  If I determine that the money I spend on that article of clothing would be helpful rather than detrimental to these people, I then arrange interviews with the company management and owners to see how they would profit from my purchase.  I would ask to see their bank and credit card statements to find out how they spend their money, whether they give to the poor, whether they fairly share their profits with their workers, and whether they do anything sinful with their money.  If everything checks out there, I examine their methods of manufacturing and distribution and develop complex models compare the carbon footprints and pollutant contributions to the air, water, and soil if I were to make this purchase.  If that looks good, I fly home and purchase the article of clothing.  As a result of this rigorous process, I have yet to purchase an article of clothing.

Seriously, though, I think this issue is a complex one that will always stir up debate.  Conditions may be worse and pay lower in another country, for example, but perhaps the pennies in the hands of the poor in China are more helpful to them than the dollars in the hands of the poor American who struggles to pay their smartphone and cable bill every month but otherwise eats pretty well.  Who can say for sure? 

What is this?  Flying on airplanes? I hope you have carefully investigated the companies that build them as well as the ones who provided the raw materials.
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« Reply #136 on: August 24, 2014, 06:19:12 PM »

I buy "Made in the USA" as much as possible. I sew my own clothing, or sometimes whatever I find in thrift stores (vintage clothes, and not shoes). Vintage clothing usually is made in USA.  There are shoes made in the USA,  keep checking.  Last time I checked, New Balance is made in the USA.  I have shoes in my closet that are older than most of you here on the forum.   Grin
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« Reply #137 on: August 24, 2014, 06:29:08 PM »

I buy "Made in the USA" as much as possible. I sew my own clothing, or sometimes whatever I find in thrift stores (vintage clothes, and not shoes). Vintage clothing usually is made in USA.  There are shoes made in the USA,  keep checking.  Last time I checked, New Balance is made in the USA.  I have shoes in my closet that are older than most of you here on the forum.   Grin

I have seen sweatshops in the USA.
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« Reply #138 on: August 24, 2014, 07:09:28 PM »

I buy "Made in the USA" as much as possible. I sew my own clothing, or sometimes whatever I find in thrift stores (vintage clothes, and not shoes). Vintage clothing usually is made in USA.  There are shoes made in the USA,  keep checking.  Last time I checked, New Balance is made in the USA.  I have shoes in my closet that are older than most of you here on the forum.   Grin

I have seen sweatshops in the USA.

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