Topic: Sweatshops

I Own 43 Slaves, According To Slavery Footprint, But Not Sure How I Feel About This

I Own 43 Slaves, According To Slavery Footprint, But Not Sure How I Feel About This

This month’s Popular Science features a website, Slavery Footprint, which allows you to calculate just how many “slaves” work for you—slave meaning someone who makes the items you own, usually under horrid circumstances. The site calculates an assortment of variables: clothing owned, food eaten and sourced, gadgets owned, jewelry worn, etc. The website even asks your gender and race, though it specifies that these variables have no effect on your score. It’s actually really enlightening—and scary. More »

Zara Investigated For Sweatshops, Slave Labor Practices In Brazil

Zara Investigated For Sweatshops, Slave Labor Practices In Brazil

Fast fashion retailer Zara (owned by Spanish clothing retailer Inditex SA) is under investigation for slave labor practices and conditions at sweatshops in SĂŁo Paulo. A number of shops were raided by government investigators, who “confiscated garments with the Zara label.” The charges go that 16 indiviuals were making $130 to $150 per month and working 12-hour days in “unhygienic” conditions. More »