Arjen is Well to ask: “Who makes our clothes and why are we not outraged?’

Humor is often the sweet drug that is the bitter pill easier to. Sunday is Well with our northern neighbours, just such a siroopje that serious topics and taboos are being questioned. Arjen is Well-asked themselves this Sunday: “Who makes our clothes?’

Textile workers © istock

A lot of fast fashion brands make their clothes to produce in lower cost areas. They are, after all, huge quantities of very short-term let at a very low price. The question is that since the disaster of Rana Plaza is asked is, ‘who pays the real price for our clothing?’

The answer is actually simple: the cotton farmers and textile workers. They are exploited because the countries where they live and work still no strict law, the corruption and the competition fierce. Not only women and men are exploited, but also child labour is there rampant. Expensive brands, buy appears also not always a solution, as they produce to your heart’s content in Bangladesh, China and Myanmar.

How is that possible? Arjen is Well-asks the question in his humorous show Sunday with Well. The presenter put the facts and is astonished that the western consumer is not more outrage.

Reasons for outrage

The program gives the problem maybe simple, but gets some good points.

No one really knows who our clothes. It is the question of one million, where nobody has a concrete answer on seems to have. In fact, big brands give that they can’t guarantee that no child labour is involved. “That is a question of priorities‘, says Well. According to him, it is a conscious choice of the producers to make a profit to continue to cover children and exploited adults in third-world countries.

Aware enterprise appears to be a trend . But also there pinches the shoe. Well spot that ‘trend’ may not be the right word for something that obvious should be. ‘Recently I saw a woman in the fifties who also has no children to exploit. Then such a trend, however, on his end to hear.’

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In addition, it appears big players are the problem just to move. Then there is finally an agreement in Bangladesh – that the safety of the workers must ensure, discover the producers suddenly Myanmar or Ethiopia as a country.

Time for political action, is Well. In the Netherlands (and the Uk) there is a covenant to come, where different brands, and chains, on subscribe. They represent in this covenant that they are more transparent to work, and child labor seek to eradicate. That is already a step in the right direction, but there are no real consequences attached to this appointment. No fines or other harsh measures.

Well-offers a solution in the form of a European law. But that is not so simple. The European parliament is for such a law, but it is the European commission that the law needs drafting. That leaves the idea for the time being, because the clothing companies are against the law.

Fortunately, there are also designers, stylists, brands and shops who genuinely aesthetic fashion, sustainable production reconcile.

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