Love A Good Bargain? You May Change Your Mind After Reading This

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How often have you walked out from your favorite store with a great sense of accomplishment for snagging an incredible pair of jeans or a gorgeous dress for next to "nothing?" However, would you feel as smug if you knew that the person who made it works in an unsafe environment and gets paid next to "nothing?" This was what the folks at advocacy group Fashion Revolution recently decided to put to test in Berlin, Germany.

On April 23rd, some luck city residents encountered a bright turquoise pop-up vending machine with a sign that we all love to see - beautiful t-shirts for a mere 2 Euros ( $1.40 USD)! Not surprisingly, many flocked over to claim the bargain before it was gone.

When customers inserted their money, they were asked to select the color and the size they wished to purchase. But as they waited for the awesome t-shirt to drop, they experienced something unusual - images of the women and children that spend up to 16 hours a day making the cheap clothing inside overcrowded derelict warehouses. What's worse is that despite working this hard work they barely make enough money to live on.

Once the buyers had been educated about who made their cheap clothing, they were given the choice to go ahead with their purchase or donate the money to a charity dedicated to improving the life of contract workers in developing countries. Not surprisingly, 90% of the shoppers chose to donate. This just proved what Fashion Revolution has always believed - if people are made aware of the true cost of cheap fast fashion, they will re-think their purchases. The group is of course not trying to dissuade consumers from buying. They just want them to be aware of the entire supply chain and support Fashion Revolution's mission to hold manufacturers accountable for the poor working conditions and low wages.

The advocacy group made up of industry leaders, campaigners, press, and academics, was formed two years ago after a factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing the 1,100 workers contracted to make clothing for western manufacturers. The group commemorates the tragic day with a Fashion Revolution Day. In addition to staging stunts like the the pop-up vending machine in Berlin , they also ask consumers to take photos of clothing with label displayed and post them on social media sites with the question "Who made my clothes?"

Resources: huffingtonpost.com, independent.co.uk

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  • darklight_rp
    darklight_rpMonday, July 12, 2021 at 7:48 am
    yeah! i like donating to help others, it feels nice when you do!
    • pukipukipunpun
      pukipukipunpunWednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:49 pm
      They were forced to work on and that's called human labour. When women, children or even men are forced to do things they don't want to do and it's not fair to. Ask your self this question: Would you want to work in a hot shed your hands are cramping so much, and you have to do that for 16 hours everyday of every week to make clothes for western people. And if western people keep buying the clothes then that results in more labour for these people that don't deserve to work this hard for other people that have a abundance of clothes and shops. If you agree with what I think thank you and lets help end HUMAN LABOUR!
      • bubbly_girl2
        bubbly_girl2Monday, July 12, 2021 at 9:54 am
        Very inspiring!
      • mercury_dust
        mercury_dustTuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:21 pm
        Oh wow. l never knew that... it's really terrible how these people are treated, l'll make sure to think about that next time l get something on sale.
        • frenchie_friend
          frenchie_friendTuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1:16 pm
          That is heart breaking I never new that at least people are doing something about it.^^
          • galaxy52
            galaxy52Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 3:39 pm
            oh my goodness that's terrible. I'm glad they are teaching people about it!
            • rockey202
              rockey202Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 10:00 am
              That's funny cause I thought about that after I seen the vid I had to turn my tab off and eat dinner and I thought about doing that that's funny I thought the same thing
              • howls
                howlsWednesday, July 1, 2020 at 6:55 am
                I would come back over and over so I could donate more and more LOL👍
                • sealgirl
                  sealgirlThursday, October 31, 2019 at 12:47 pm
                  we shouldent waste it, but what about if u bought the shirt and the money was given to the person who made it??
                  • Michael Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 7:44 pm
                    That makes me mad
                    • cool peopleThursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:01 am
                      this is cool