Recently I was sitting on a plane with a charming and socially conscious seatmate, and we were talking about world events, and at the end of our time together, we both agreed, “Vote with your dollars!”
What does that mean?
Well, do you know where your food comes from?
How do you know, for sure, that they weren’t made by slave labor or forced labor?
What do you mean, slave labor?
Think slavery ended in the 1800s? Think again.
Check out http://www.productsofslavery.org/.
This website is a useful tool to help you see where goods are produced around the world that may have been made by child or slave labor.
Think your coffee is fair trade? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.
What about the clothes you’re wearing? If you think they came from America, you should just probably assume that they haven’t come from here. read the tag. Does it say China? Jordan? Malaysia? Argentina? India? Or even Thailand? It could have been made in a sweatshop under excruciating conditions.
Sure, clothes might be expensive, but is a guilty conscience even MORE expensive, in a way? Perhaps every decision is a political decision. Perhaps every purchase shows your care for a cause, or ideal, whether you want it to or not.
Where can you find a list of fair trade and non-slavery products? Here.
If you want food that wasn’t picked by slaves, check out your local farmer’s market.
Where can you find clothes that weren’t made by slaves?
Decent Exposures makes some really good garments for women!
Where can you find messenger bags made in the USA?
http://Courierbags.com has some nice bags.
In fact, I just bought one of their bags for my boyfriend’s birthday. It’s beautiful. And I am so happy that it wasn’t made by children or adults in a sweatshop.
Where can you donate to the anti-slavery movement?
Anti-Slavery.org is a good place to start!
I’ll tell you this, slaves didn’t make MY bra!