5 Ways to Stand Up Against Labor Exploitation
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5 Ways to Stand Up Against Labor Exploitation

Sweatshops have got to go.

5 Ways to Stand Up Against Labor Exploitation

Look at the tag on your shirt.

Where was it made? China? Cambodia? Venezuela? Haiti? Mexico?

Well, chances are, your clothes were not made in any developed country. America and other developed countries outsource to developing countries to make cheaper clothes. Consequently, these workers are paid EXTREMELY low wages and work in unsafe conditions.

These human beings are living undignified lives at the cost of the comfort of consumers in developed countries. They create cheap products for countries like the United States, where unknowing consumers buy these clothes that were most likely made as the result of labor exploitation.

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So, what can we as students, activists, and lovers of our fellow brothers and sisters do about it? Here are 5 ways you can stop supporting labor exploitation.

1. Consume less.

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This one is plain and simple, yet difficult to achieve in our consumerist culture. Stop buying so many clothes and other items, especially those that may have been the result of labor exploitation. And stop shopping when you are sad! I know you do it.

2. Do your research!

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Yes, people, there are sources out there that can show us where our goods come from. Green America is a fantastic source for you to research all of the stores that you purchase goods from. Take responsibility and buy from brands that are ethical!

3. Buy secondhand.

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Buying secondhand is not only a great way to avoid buying new clothes produced by sweatshops, but it is also a great way to support our environment and reuse resources. I have personally found some of my favorite items of clothing at thrift shops for less than $10!

4. Share with friends!

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Yes, share clothes with one another! What a cheap, easy, and fun way to show your support against sweatshops. Also share this information with friends! It's important that we get the word out about the reality of labor exploitation.

5. Support anti-sweatshop campaigns.

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One of the best and only ways to make significant change is to make your voice heard! Talk to school spirit shops on your campus and figure out where all of the school appearal really come from. You can also get involved and learn more from United Students Against Sweatshops to see what you can do on your campus.

So there you go. Go show the world that labor exploitation is NOT okay!

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