Tracking a simple pair of jeans

Leo Panos | Mr. Weatherby's Class

Where it starts

The cotton for the jeans starts off in Texas and Louisiana, then shipped by a train to a fabric mill, in Cuantitlan Izcalli, Mexico.
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Next step

Next, the fluffy cotton is taken by ship to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where the garment is cut, sown together, and finished.

Metal and Plastic

Next, the jeans are taken by boat and truck to reach Dongguan, Guangdong in China, and Shenzhen, Guandong in China where metal buttons, zippers and plastic fabric are added.
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Warehousing!

Then, the plastic fabric is shipped back by boat to the Dominican Republic, while the finished jeans are shipped and then flown to McDonough, GA in America, where the pool point is. Then, they're shipped by truck to Hebron, KY in America, where the warehouse resigns. Last but not least, the finished jeans are shipped to stores nation wide.
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Globalization and Problems

Globalization is tied into the four categories below, and it is what a product goes through. It affects different things, for better or for worse.


Economics: Economics is amount of money is paid to workers and companies. Problem: While the companies are practically rolling in money, people in India and China are paid dirt, causing them to live in extreme poverty.


Technology: Technology is the machines and advertising that make and show off the product. Problem: Machines and computers are taking over people's jobs, causing people to lose money.


Culture: Culture is how the product changes culture in different countries. Problem: We are Western-izing other countries.


Environment: Environment is how the Earth is affected by the manufacturing. Problem: Pollution causes the air in China to be toxic to breathe and physically thick.

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Solutions

Economics: A higher minimum wage could help this, as the companies would have to pay to the workers working overseas. This works because the companies pay fairly towards to workers, and they can get out of extreme poverty.


Technology: Some technology is far more advanced, replacing the people. If they stick to the older technology, people in America, like cotton farmers, could keep their jobs. This could work as it also help with economics. This works because more jobs are kept, and more money is produced which helps a lot of people. Also, if a machine breaks, they have to check all of them to find the broken one, while if it's just a person, they can reteach them.


Culture: What could happen to help our problem is that people to be more open minded to different cultures and types of people. Then, Westernization of different countries would lessen substantially. This could work as the workers could save most of their money to get out of extreme poverty, as they come over here and buy our things most of the time.


Environment: Factories learning how to safely produce products without harmful chemicals and pollution would help tremendously. This could work because that stops air pollution, like the pollution that China has.

Daily Role

I chose jeans as my product because they're so used in our society that we really take them for granted, not thinking about where they came from, or how they were made. I used them daily, cause I'm pretty sure I'd be jailed if I didn't wear pants, so thanks jeans for keeping me out of prison. <3