Owner of Collapsed Bangladesh Factory Faces Murder Charges

Bangladesh police today announced that they will press murder charges against Sohel Rana, the owner of the 9-story factory building that collapsed and killed 1,135 garment workers last April. Infuriatingly, the accident — which was the worst in the nation's history — was highly-preventable: although workers warned… » 4/15/14 3:30pm 4/15/14 3:30pm

U.S. Government Regularly Buys Clothing From Unsafe Factories Overseas

According to a new piece in the New York Times, the United States government spends $1.5 billion a year on garments created in factories overseas — some of which employ children, some of which keep their workers in deplorable, unsafe conditions, and some of which pay far less than $1/hour. Our politicians can condemn… » 12/23/13 4:10pm 12/23/13 4:10pm

Your Favorite Stores Aren't Signing the Bangladesh Safety Act

Labor groups urged massive clothing retailers including Gap and Wal-Mart to sign an international pact this week that would solidify safety standards and send a clear message that big brand names won't allow another easily preventable tragedy like last month's factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed over 1,000… » 5/17/13 11:45am 5/17/13 11:45am

Woman Rescued From Bangladesh Rubble After Two Weeks

The faintest of silver linings emerges from Bangladesh: a garment worker trapped for 17 days beneath the collapsed Rana Plaza building was discovered alive today. This is good news for the traumatized woman, Reshma, who was able to find enough food, water and oxygen space to survive, but doesn't make up for the fact… » 5/10/13 10:30am 5/10/13 10:30am

The President Would Doubtless Approve!

Herewith, a dialectical and materialist Marxist critique of the Crayola crayon factory. But how can anything with that many colors be alienated from nature? [Boing-Boing] » 9/09/09 10:40am 9/09/09 10:40am

Wrapped Up

You know what must get old? Telling people you work at a condom factory and then having to hear some variation on some lame joke you've probably heard a million times. Otherwise, the rubber trade looks awesome! At least according to this "How Condoms Are Made" factory video. Yes, assembly-line footage by its nature is… » 12/10/08 4:20pm 12/10/08 4:20pm