Who's Really to Blame for the Bangladeshi Garment Factory Tragedies?

Who's Really to Blame for the Bangladeshi Garment Factory Tragedies?

The fashion industry is in an awkward spot. Although the clothes are sometimes better quality, it's super expensive to produce garments in first-world countries—who, undoubtedly have higher labor standards. And, with designs being released at a frantic pace, companies dump as few dollars into each collection to ensure they're not brought down by a slumping line. Normally, wearing clothes made in poor, third-world conditions isn't a crisis of conscience, right? It's out of sight, out of mind. Until now.

The recent tragedies at factories in Bangladesh have people questioning whether scoring a super cheap T-shirt is really worth it. Last year, a factory caught fire and killed more than 100 people. Maybe, people could brush that off as an awful blip, a one-time deal. Then, last week, more than 400 died in a collapsing garment factory. This has brought closer attention to what's really going on in these factories. Bangladesh and cheap garment production go hand-in-hand. The country is home to more than 4,500 clothing factories, according to CNN, that produce items for the likes of J.C. Penney, Wal-Mart, Sears, Benneton, Joe Fresh, and more.

We're not here to point fingers, or even say we have a definitive answer to these atrocities. We just hope the fashion industry can take its eyes off the bottom-line for a minute and focus on safety. But, we're equally to blame for our insatiable hunger for price-point garments that we won't wear next season. At least for now, we have to assume equal blame.

[via CNN]

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