The global journey of an item in my wardrobe

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Image taken by myself 17/12/15

 

 Like most 19 year old male students my favourite high street store is TOPMAN. For one the clothes are great value for money and are a great quality. The second reason is that i want to be Nick Grimshaw.

I have chosen to look at this shirt in detail because the main reason is I lost it and now its found again! This is a common occurrence in my wardrobe. Another reason I wanted to look at this garment is that it was made in india and not china, which is where most of our clothing comes from as its much cheaper to produce.

With this garment being made in India, I can not think about how its been made and who its been made by. In an ideal world I would like to believe that whoever made my clothes was paid a fair wage and worked reasonable hours. However, this is simply not the case. An example of this is The ‘Rana Plaza’ factory in Bangladesh, that collapsed due to poor conditions. These cheap and thoughtless actions lead to over 1,134 peoples death. Due to Bangladesh being adjacent to India, and due to there long held similar cultures they share same working idologies, therefore I believe that a disaster on this scale could happen in india. I believe India has been used to manufacture garments for these three reasons:

  • India has a lot more children and young adults, which are required to help provide for their family. Also the harsh reality is that children are on very little pay so the production is cheaper.
  • There are less legal protective legislations on the conditions that people work in, this is also a factor that makes production cheaper.
  • Less governmental stress on working hours in the factories, which means longer working hours, more production and faster things will be produced and shipped off.

Now the big question is how can we help? Sadly there isn’t much we can do about how clothes are made, but we can help in small ways. For example the Fair Trade buying scheme is where the person who has picked or grown the cotton to use in clothes is given the correct and fair wage. We simply have to pay a little extra.

Fair Trade (2015) Cotton (Online) FAIR TRADE Available from http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/farmers-and-workers/cotton Accessed 17/12/15

Rana Plaza Arrangement (2015) Rana Plaza Arrangement (Online)Rana Plaza Arrangement Available from http://www.ranaplaza-arrangement.org/ Accessed (17/12/15)

E.I.Rosen (2002) Making Sweatshops: The Globalisation of the U.S. Apparel Industry, USA, University of California press 

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