23 May '13, 6pm

The double edged sword of boycotting disposable fashion

The double edged sword of boycotting disposable fashion

The recent collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh, resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries, has drawn much attention to dangers of unregulated working conditions of the garment industry. The big question is how the consumers of these products can not only avoid being complicit in these conditions, but also help to change them. In an option piece for The New York Times, Vikas Bajaj writes: "Unfortunately, there are few good answers. A boycott of goods from Bangladesh would probably be counterproductive. It could deprive some of the poorest workers of jobs and income that provide a step up from farming or manual labor." After all, garment factories account for 75 percent of Bangladesh's exports and have contributed to factors like lower maternal mortality rates. Bajaj argues that the solution lies in government regulation, but doesn't address the envir...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/double...

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