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I Made Billboards To Show The Corporate Greed Of Fashion Industries
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I Made Billboards To Show The Corporate Greed Of Fashion Industries

1,134 people DIED after clothing factory building collapse in Bangladesh. 3 of the 4 biggest tragedies in fashion history took place in Bangladesh in 2013. 

When companies are making factories to lower product prices, the owners can do nothing but agree and work faster and cheaper. If not, the retailer will have this done somewhere else. The only way out is to cut costs, by reducing wages for employees, lowering the working conditions and safety, produce with no respect for the environment.

“We are actually profiting from their need to work, to use them as slaves, and I’m not saying that we shouldn’t give them the work, but they have to be treated with the same respect as our children or friends. They’re not different from us ” – Livia Firth.

I made billboards, showing the greed and horrors of fashion industries and displayed them on the streets of Warsaw, Poland.

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Flower Child
Community Member
4 years ago

As a nation we have become accustomed to getting goods as cheaply as possible. Of course this leads to the abuse of the laborers who create or harvest these goods. When labor was paid a living wage the idea was to purchase quality items that were preferably American made. As labor wages failed to keep up with the rate of inflation, the desire for cheaper goods took precedence over quality. Goods began to be manufactured in countries with wages that are something we could never imagine. Everyone is aware that wages have not kept pace with rate of inflation and the poverty rate has not been adjusted since the 70's. For this reason our search for quality has disintegrated into a search for items that are disposable but have the look of quality thus giving us the idea that somehow we are not part of an underclass. In reality we should be demanding an accurate living wage to offset the abuse of labor.

Flower Child
Community Member
4 years ago

Caitlyn- I disagree..... of course labor will have to stand up first...but who am I kidding....we can barely get labor to stand up in America....

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Corporate greed? It is us consumer who are part of the problem. If we would wonder how products can be ridiculously cheap, if we would ask shops if the supply chain of products is known, if we were willing to pay a little more for "fair trade" and similar concepts, and if we would exercise abdiction just occasionally, much would change!

Echo
Community Member
4 years ago

One point to make is now that corporation have bought out the label of "organic", and "fair trade" these stupid words mean nothing. Unfortunately I have no clue how to fix the mess the modern world has gotten itself into. I only remember the days when you bought you used, and used, and used, and so on. I remember has a kid when you purchased something for a relative price to the usefulness and utility for which it would last. Now we all, AND I mean ALL of us have no choice other than to change our way of life to the point of utter insanity to go back from which we came.

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Jessie Mouland
Community Member
4 years ago

i completely agree with this campaign, no child should be made to work in a factory at that age. but no parent would willingly send their child to do that, these people have no choice. if you stop the kids from working, then you are contributing to the poverty problem because what those children earn may be the only income their family gets. this is why fair trade and charities which pay families to send their kids to school are so important.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

It's so complicated. Even "fair trade" is really murky once you dig into what it really is and who does and doesn't benefit. I'm just glad that people like you recognize that things aren't one sided and simple.

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ivan bolitekurac
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow,so easy to point with a finger on others,what a public moralising campaign.Does the creator of this campaign have a smartphone,does he wear clothes,does he eat bananas or drink coffee?

Joe Dad
Community Member
4 years ago

This is happening in China as well. I've stopped buying products that were "Made in China" for this very reason.

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
4 years ago

You would rather have those people unemployed and starving to death. Great solution.

Carolina Ren
Community Member
4 years ago

How about paid a better salary so they won't starve?

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Dy Yang
Community Member
4 years ago

Would anyone pay $59 for H&M t shirt????

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Why would you pay $59 for a T-Shirt from a "premium" brand that has been manufactured in the very same factory in Bangladesh?

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Jim Hubbard
Community Member
4 years ago

You can more certainly know the supply chain when you buy goods locally sourced and made. Many times this is not possible (like how many towns have a local iPhone plant?). But when it is possible, you should consider it. Of course, you'll have to live with the fact that now those child workers will have no food AND no job - just starvation and misery....but what's most important is that you feel better about you.

makki
Community Member
4 years ago

Also producing goods locally probably costs more raising the cost of the item

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Logan 2440
Community Member
4 years ago

Taking pics with smartphones made in factories in China and India.

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
4 years ago

so better to do nothing?

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grand urchin
Community Member
4 years ago

a lot of people are ignore about this. but this is so important.

Don Pe
Community Member
4 years ago

Epic. Sad. True.

SIRiMAC
Community Member
4 years ago

Absolutely amazing. Very powerful

Saulo Freitas
Community Member
4 years ago

Zara used slave labor in Brazil ...

Indian Dobby
Community Member
4 years ago

Atleast we can say we know where our products are being produced and know that despite people telling us we are sourcing our products a bit expensive, we can sleep well at night knowing we haven't squeezed anyone for extra margin and allowed everyone in the supply chain to be adequately compensated, even if our margins are lower as a result.

Deepak Rana
Community Member
4 years ago

I say we spin our own cotton and wear our homespun cloths..

Coñ Nyuk
Community Member
4 years ago

It's not the companies is the people that demand cheap clothes, if it's not for H&M the place would be taken by another company.

Flower Child
Community Member
4 years ago

Caitlyn-I do hear what you are saying but what I am saying is that living wage is a global issue.

Beans
Community Member
4 years ago

It's not just cheap stuff. Even high-end premium brands source their labor like this. For example, the Team USA uniforms for the 2012 Olympics were Ralph Lauren, but they were manufactured in China. Prada, Armani, etc, all do it, and sometimes they even lie on the labels-- eg the whole thing may be manufactured in China, but assembled together in Italy, which lets them claim it's 'Made in Italy'. So I mean it's all the same sick system. There needs to be laws in these countries protecting these workers, and laws preventing companies from being greedy like this. I'd pay more for something I knew was truly fair trade, but even that has its own set of problems. At the moment, it's 'buy a 100 dollar shirt made with cheap labor' vs 'buy a 20 dollar shirt made with cheap labor,' in the more expensive shirt, the only thing higher is the profit margins for the greedy company. =\

Colin Bayler
Community Member
4 years ago

Give me a freaking break with your bleeding heart bullshit. True, that there is sometimes inequities involved, but many of these kids and adults are happy they have a job so they don't have to starve, eat garbage or prostitute themselves. Blame their governments for not taking better care of them, not the private foreign organization that gives them an income and a little bit of hope.

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
4 years ago

Clothes cost the same now as they did when I was a kid. The quality was better and people were paid a living wage. It was done before, it can be done again.

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Dy Yang
Community Member
4 years ago

Next time don't buy cheap stuff as it is being over produced using cheap labour

makki
Community Member
4 years ago

Ehh that factory may be their only source of money to sustain their family

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Black Dahlia
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, Laneya Grace...

Sqlha End
Community Member
4 years ago

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Yeah it's a valid statement, but why did you photoshop it instead of actually printing & displaying them.

Community Member
4 years ago

These are real billboards. You think it's not a real. Please write me a message on fb I will provide you a video

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Eulalia Eurydyka Kornawska
Community Member
4 years ago

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Some Body
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm not sure I want to know why you commented with that

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Flower Child
Community Member
4 years ago

As a nation we have become accustomed to getting goods as cheaply as possible. Of course this leads to the abuse of the laborers who create or harvest these goods. When labor was paid a living wage the idea was to purchase quality items that were preferably American made. As labor wages failed to keep up with the rate of inflation, the desire for cheaper goods took precedence over quality. Goods began to be manufactured in countries with wages that are something we could never imagine. Everyone is aware that wages have not kept pace with rate of inflation and the poverty rate has not been adjusted since the 70's. For this reason our search for quality has disintegrated into a search for items that are disposable but have the look of quality thus giving us the idea that somehow we are not part of an underclass. In reality we should be demanding an accurate living wage to offset the abuse of labor.

Flower Child
Community Member
4 years ago

Caitlyn- I disagree..... of course labor will have to stand up first...but who am I kidding....we can barely get labor to stand up in America....

Load More Replies...
Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Corporate greed? It is us consumer who are part of the problem. If we would wonder how products can be ridiculously cheap, if we would ask shops if the supply chain of products is known, if we were willing to pay a little more for "fair trade" and similar concepts, and if we would exercise abdiction just occasionally, much would change!

Echo
Community Member
4 years ago

One point to make is now that corporation have bought out the label of "organic", and "fair trade" these stupid words mean nothing. Unfortunately I have no clue how to fix the mess the modern world has gotten itself into. I only remember the days when you bought you used, and used, and used, and so on. I remember has a kid when you purchased something for a relative price to the usefulness and utility for which it would last. Now we all, AND I mean ALL of us have no choice other than to change our way of life to the point of utter insanity to go back from which we came.

Load More Replies...
Jessie Mouland
Community Member
4 years ago

i completely agree with this campaign, no child should be made to work in a factory at that age. but no parent would willingly send their child to do that, these people have no choice. if you stop the kids from working, then you are contributing to the poverty problem because what those children earn may be the only income their family gets. this is why fair trade and charities which pay families to send their kids to school are so important.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

It's so complicated. Even "fair trade" is really murky once you dig into what it really is and who does and doesn't benefit. I'm just glad that people like you recognize that things aren't one sided and simple.

Load More Replies...
ivan bolitekurac
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow,so easy to point with a finger on others,what a public moralising campaign.Does the creator of this campaign have a smartphone,does he wear clothes,does he eat bananas or drink coffee?

Joe Dad
Community Member
4 years ago

This is happening in China as well. I've stopped buying products that were "Made in China" for this very reason.

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
4 years ago

You would rather have those people unemployed and starving to death. Great solution.

Carolina Ren
Community Member
4 years ago

How about paid a better salary so they won't starve?

Load More Replies...
Dy Yang
Community Member
4 years ago

Would anyone pay $59 for H&M t shirt????

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Why would you pay $59 for a T-Shirt from a "premium" brand that has been manufactured in the very same factory in Bangladesh?

Load More Replies...
Jim Hubbard
Community Member
4 years ago

You can more certainly know the supply chain when you buy goods locally sourced and made. Many times this is not possible (like how many towns have a local iPhone plant?). But when it is possible, you should consider it. Of course, you'll have to live with the fact that now those child workers will have no food AND no job - just starvation and misery....but what's most important is that you feel better about you.

makki
Community Member
4 years ago

Also producing goods locally probably costs more raising the cost of the item

Load More Replies...
Logan 2440
Community Member
4 years ago

Taking pics with smartphones made in factories in China and India.

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
4 years ago

so better to do nothing?

Load More Replies...
grand urchin
Community Member
4 years ago

a lot of people are ignore about this. but this is so important.

Don Pe
Community Member
4 years ago

Epic. Sad. True.

SIRiMAC
Community Member
4 years ago

Absolutely amazing. Very powerful

Saulo Freitas
Community Member
4 years ago

Zara used slave labor in Brazil ...

Indian Dobby
Community Member
4 years ago

Atleast we can say we know where our products are being produced and know that despite people telling us we are sourcing our products a bit expensive, we can sleep well at night knowing we haven't squeezed anyone for extra margin and allowed everyone in the supply chain to be adequately compensated, even if our margins are lower as a result.

Deepak Rana
Community Member
4 years ago

I say we spin our own cotton and wear our homespun cloths..

Coñ Nyuk
Community Member
4 years ago

It's not the companies is the people that demand cheap clothes, if it's not for H&M the place would be taken by another company.

Flower Child
Community Member
4 years ago

Caitlyn-I do hear what you are saying but what I am saying is that living wage is a global issue.

Beans
Community Member
4 years ago

It's not just cheap stuff. Even high-end premium brands source their labor like this. For example, the Team USA uniforms for the 2012 Olympics were Ralph Lauren, but they were manufactured in China. Prada, Armani, etc, all do it, and sometimes they even lie on the labels-- eg the whole thing may be manufactured in China, but assembled together in Italy, which lets them claim it's 'Made in Italy'. So I mean it's all the same sick system. There needs to be laws in these countries protecting these workers, and laws preventing companies from being greedy like this. I'd pay more for something I knew was truly fair trade, but even that has its own set of problems. At the moment, it's 'buy a 100 dollar shirt made with cheap labor' vs 'buy a 20 dollar shirt made with cheap labor,' in the more expensive shirt, the only thing higher is the profit margins for the greedy company. =\

Colin Bayler
Community Member
4 years ago

Give me a freaking break with your bleeding heart bullshit. True, that there is sometimes inequities involved, but many of these kids and adults are happy they have a job so they don't have to starve, eat garbage or prostitute themselves. Blame their governments for not taking better care of them, not the private foreign organization that gives them an income and a little bit of hope.

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
4 years ago

Clothes cost the same now as they did when I was a kid. The quality was better and people were paid a living wage. It was done before, it can be done again.

Load More Replies...
Dy Yang
Community Member
4 years ago

Next time don't buy cheap stuff as it is being over produced using cheap labour

makki
Community Member
4 years ago

Ehh that factory may be their only source of money to sustain their family

Load More Replies...
Black Dahlia
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, Laneya Grace...

Sqlha End
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Yeah it's a valid statement, but why did you photoshop it instead of actually printing & displaying them.

Community Member
4 years ago

These are real billboards. You think it's not a real. Please write me a message on fb I will provide you a video

Load More Replies...
Eulalia Eurydyka Kornawska
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

😍

Some Body
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm not sure I want to know why you commented with that

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