The organic trend in Australia is huge at the moment. People are buying organic fruit and vegetables from small local farmers. It feels healthy and is healthy. The growth of organic products has been so immense that even major food corporations have been forced to come on board and start selling organic food.
A natural progression from this is other organic products such as organic materials and clothing. Organic clothing is made by sustainable cotton fibers. You can learn more about organic clothing on the Make an Impact website. click here Actually this company doesn’t just specialise in Australian organic clothing All there clothing is also classed as ethical.
So what is ethical clothing? Quite simply it refers to clothing that has been made by people who are paid fairly and have safe working conditions. So many factory workers in third-world countries live extremely difficult lives. Here is a typical scenario.
A girl named Lyna grows up in a small village. Her parents are rice farmers. They live off the land and life is sufficient, but simple. When Lyna turns 15 she hears that she can get a job making clothes in a factory. Since just $1 a day in the village is enough to feed a family, she hopes to go to the city and work so she can send money home to her parents each month. It sounds like a promising prospect. But here is what typically happens.
Lyna moves to the city. She rents a room which she shares with 3 other girls. The room is 3 meters by 3 meters. In that space there is a toilet and bathroom which doubles as a kitchen sink. Food is prepared in a corner of the room with a small gas stove and rice cooker. The 4 girls will share a bed – 2 will sleep on the bed and the others will sleep on the floor. The building in which they live will have 50-100 of such rooms. Some with up to 6 people living in them. For really tight spaces, there are communal toilets and bathing areas which mainly consist of large water jars where men and women bath out in the open wearing a sarong.
Lyna will work 10 hours a day 6 days a week as part of her roster. She will earn just $40-60 per month for this. With that money she will have to buy her food, medicine, and rent. The only way she can get enough money to send home is by doing overtime.
This has been the state of the garment industry for decades. Make an Impact clothing charges more for their clothing than your local mall, but this is because the source of the clothing is ethical. Workers are paid decently and are taken care of.
So what’s more valuable to you – saving a few dollars on a shirt, or knowing that you are helping improve the lives of real human beings who are working hard to survive?