A Young Person's Guide to Buying Clothes


Have you ever thought about were your clothes came from or if it was made by a child? US makes alot of cotton but it is not make by who you think it is. The Cotton farming is mostly pluk by young children ages 3-12, and the depend on us by buying cloths so they can live on our pennies.

Working Conditions in the Garment Industry

  • Workers in swatshops face poor working conditions, low wages, labor violations, and long hours.
  • The Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Rupublic pays $2.83 an hour that is 3 times the minimum wage.
  • Many labor laws are often inforced in these countrys such as Eritrea, Somlia, Myannmar, and Sudan.
  • When you buy a T-Shirt, it was probally made in a developing country by somebody living in poverdy.
  • Unless the label on your T-Shirt says "Fair Traid", possible chances it was made by a child.
  • A living wage means the worker makes enough money to buy food and a shelter for his or her home, but most people don't have this, most T-shirts cost $4.80 but the average worker in poverdy only gets 80 cents or only 20%.

Advise to Consumers

You should look for labels that say "Fair Trade" and pay more if needed, so you can help factory workers in need.

Work Cited

  • "Are Your Clothes Made in SweatShops?" Oxfam Austraila. N.P., n.d. Web. 29 May 2013
  • Greenhouse, Steven. "An Apparel Factory Defies SweatShops Label, but Can It Thrive?" The New York Times. The New York Times, 18 July 2010. Web. 20 May 2013.
  • "It's Incredibly Difficult to prove That Clothing Is 'Ethically Made" Business Insider. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2013.
  • Hunt, Katie. "The 10 Worst Countries for Child Labor." 15 oct. 2013. Web. 9 feb. 2016.
Cotton exporters force child labor