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Oh, Look! Furniture that Rots!

Send me a catalog I didn’t ask for, and I’ll mock you for your rotting furniture:

More importantly than that, the supplier of this catalogue acknowledges that its rattan furniture is imported from Asia. There is no evidence that this particular producer uses sweatshop labor, because the producer of this catalog does not publish [...]

U.S. Gov’t: If You’re Wearing Clothes from Vietnam, you may be part of the Child Slave Trade

Since 2001, the U.S. Department of Labor has been required by law to disclose the names of industries in various countries that use child labor or slave labor in the production of goods you might buy here in the United States. On September 27 2012, the Department of Labor’s latest disclosure includes a determination based [...]

Jon Stewart’s Rally To Help Corporations Outsource American Jobs To Overseas Sweatshop

The hand towels featured the official logo of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, and the logo of Reese’s, which makes candies with chocolate that’s harvested by child slaves in Africa. The towel itself was manufactured not in the USA, but in India, where textiles factories have a long and consistent history of using child labor, paid pennies a day to work in dangerous sweatshop conditions, if the children are paid at all. [...]

H.R. 6262: Stop Rewarding Sweatshops With Government Contracts

Do you believe that workers who make materials for the U.S. Government should work under the following conditions?

(i) the right of association; (ii) the right to organize and bargain collectively; (iii) a prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory labor; (iv) a prohibition on discrimination which has the effect of [...]

Who Made Those Soccer Balls?

While people around the globe keep their eyes glued to the World Cup, the sweatshop production of soccer balls stays well hidden. The International Labor Rights Forum has issued a new report that lends us a peek. Heading to the countries where soccer balls are made, the ILRF found soccer ball stitchers forced to work [...]

ILRF Report: Gymboree = Child Labor

Earlier today, I mocked the American Family Association for its call this year to boycott companies that don’t use the word “Christmas” enough in their advertising. Pardon me for being blunt, but a matter like that is utterly trivial compared to something like forced child labor.

Do you have a second grader at home? [...]

Purchasing Ethics: Picking out Clothing With Limited Information

The United States Department of Labor has come out with a 194-page report in which it identifies products made in various countries under conditions where “there is a significant incidence of forced labor and/or child labor in production”.

The following are countries in which the Department of Labor finds there is a significant incidence of [...]

ReMerckable Use of Child Labor In India

Think first about whether you really need that item, and then consider whether you’re willing to support the use of children in hard labor just in order to save a dollar or two. [...]

Justice Clothing and Justice Clothing

They’re promoting injustice using the brand name Justice to make it seem otherwise, appealing to young girls’ fresh idealism even as they trash it, selling clothes for tweens that probably were made by tweens in outsourced sweatshops. [...]