Next Time You’ve Got a Craving for Some Cheap Clothes

Think of Kalpona Akter and the Bangladeshi garment factory workers: “Remember these human faces. You killed these girls.” They’re still figuring out which companies were using that particular factory, but if your favorite discount duds didn’t come from there, they came from somewhere like it. Most of my clothes are from The Gap or J.Crew, meaning most of my clothes are from companies and countries that don’t protect workers. I choose not think about that most of the time—”I’d love to buy handmade, but I’m broke,” etc., excuses—but when I do I feel weak.

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