Many people see fashion as a flawless, yet innocent idea. However, fashion has it's drawbacks as well. And the issue is that very few individuals actually know about it or look to learn about these drawbacks.
The word "sweatshop" is like a grater to our ears, disliked, but it is an important word nonetheless, garment workers, who make the clothes that we wear on our backs are usually mistreated and underpaid. These workers face harsh working conditions everyday in hopes of making the little amount of income they do for their families. Workers sometimes as little as $2 for a full days works. But this is not the only thing that these workers face on a daily basis.
Another examaple of this can be seen in The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory incident in New York. On March 25, 1911, one of the deadliest industrial disasters ink the U.S. occured. A fire broke out in the building, where garment workers were working a fire that killed one hundred and forty-six workers, one huhndred and twenty three of whom were women. They died from the fire, smoke inhalation, and falling or jumping to their deaths, most of these victims were Jewish and Italian immigrants between the ages of sixteen and twenty-three. The oldest victim was forty-three, the youngest fourteen. That means that on March 25, 1911, one hundred and forty-six people not only lost their lives, but also that one hundred and forty-six families lost people near and dear to them. They were mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, daughters, sons - and they were gone in an instance.
Does the second example hit a little closer to home for you? Are you a little shocked that this could happen in the U.S.A.? Well it can. So now, you see that the reasoning behind the incident of the disaster in Thiland, was not simply because they were or are an under developed country. But it is instead that they were and still are being mistreated, are under-paid and are still in poor working conditions.
The question is however, even after that terrible day in Thiland, why are there still no strong regulations on the treatment of these workers? Well maybe, it's because you simply don't care.
Hope that new pair of jeans for that fashion trend that you just had to have was worth it.