Why Don't College Students Give a Shit About Sweatshops Anymore?

There's no better way to change people's shitty behavior than to convince them that the shitty thing they're doing is uncool. Everybody wants to be cool! And when I graduated from high school in Seattle in 2000, anti-globalization and human rights activists had pulled off a major branding coup—sweatshops were… » 6/13/14 6:10pm 6/13/14 6:10pm

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

Owners, Managers Charged in Bangladesh Factory Fire

The factory fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. (a Walmart clothing supplier) that killed over 100 people last year was Bangladesh's worst garment factory fire ever. It led to increased scrutiny over the sourcing practices of some huge cheap clothes purveyors such as Walmart and H&M, and now, thanks to a long police… » 12/22/13 2:00pm 12/22/13 2:00pm

Bangladesh Factory Workers Protesting for $100/Month Met With Violence

In April, over 1,000 people tragically and needlessly lost their lives in Bangladesh after a garment factory built illegally on an unsafe site collapsed. Since then, measures have been taken to improve safety measures and increase the garment sector's minimum wage — but the change offered by the Ministry of Labor is… » 11/11/13 9:30pm 11/11/13 9:30pm

Reporter Describes Finding Underage Garment Workers in Bangladesh

The recent series of disasters in Bangladeshi garment factories over the past several years perhaps got its most alarming and high-profile installment last November when a factory fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. — a supplier for Wal-Mart — killed 124 workers and left many observers dazed at the casual supply-chain evils… » 10/19/13 12:30pm 10/19/13 12:30pm

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

Tommy Hilfiger Pledges $1 Million After Factory Fire Kills 29

Nearly 500 Bangladeshi garment workers have been burned to death in preventable fires in the last five years. Among the worst industrial disasters there in recent years: 84 garment workers — mostly young girls — died in a blaze inside a locked factory in February of 2006. Twenty-one people died at a factory that… » 3/21/12 6:15pm 3/21/12 6:15pm

Alexander Wang's Garment Workers Sue for $50M Alleging Mistreatment

Critical darling Alexander Wang has been hit with a $50 million lawsuit by garment workers at his Manhattan studio who say that they had to work 16-hour shifts without breaks or legally mandated overtime pay. Alexander Wang apparently saw revenues of over $25 million last year. The allegations are pretty serious: » 3/06/12 2:10pm 3/06/12 2:10pm

Cambodian Garment Workers Would Like You To Think Before Going To H&M

In its latest episode, Vice's Fashion Week Internationale series goes to Cambodia, where the country held its first-ever fashion week in Phnom Penh in November. Host Charlet Duboc and the Vice team go to designer runway shows, parties, boutiques that cater to the elites known as the "Khmer Riche," and meet a makeup… » 1/09/12 7:00pm 1/09/12 7:00pm

Zara Says It Really Had No Idea Its Clothes Were Being Manufactured In…

Two sweatshops run by Zara suppliers were recently raided in Brazil, and the details that are emerging are all pretty sad: the youngest person freed from the factory was just 14 years old, and authorities say the workers were toiling in "slave-like conditions." The staff, mostly undocumented immigrants from Peru and… » 8/19/11 12:20pm 8/19/11 12:20pm

Do You Know Where Your Clothes Come From?

In researching his new book, Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes author Kelsey Timmerman, who traveled all over the world visiting centers of garment productions, came to one conclusion that, to our ears, sounds shocking: he's not "always opposed" to child… » 12/05/08 2:00pm 12/05/08 2:00pm