Fashion is sometimes intriguing. A designer brings an idea which could be a big seller.
Someone decide then to mass produce the items: shoes, clothes, accessories. However, the way it is manufactured, assembled or made can be shocking.
In this case, let's take the example of sandblasted Jeans.
As reported by BBC News, Jeans with an already worn look have been popular since the 90s. However, this effect is achieved by blasting them with real sand! Unfortunately, this can give factory workers a serious and incurable lung disease.
The question being: should they be made and should we buy them?
An 18 year old factory worker in Bangladesh is saying that he has (already) breathing issues and his eyes are painful due to the dust.
Despite of knowing the issue and the risks, the worker needs that job to earn money for his family. He declared that he has to work 11 hours a day in the dusty factory for around $70 per month.
Rather awful conditions and not a lot of cash especially when the retail price will be considerably higher and will bring a good margin to the manufacturer. Do they actually not care about their employees? Is the turnover more important than the health of the staff?
Legal advice should almost be compulsory as working such long hours in these conditions could be perceived as unacceptable in the rest of the world. Workers have some rights and employers should respect that!
If that worker says something about his shifts he could probably lose his job and would struggle to survive. However, when the silicosis hits, it's too late and the life of the hard working person will be reduced.
Asbestos claims have increased as exposure to asbestos may have occurred many years ago, but you might have only recently developed symptoms.
Incredible attitude from these big corporation not caring.
How much does it take to choose health over money?