Greetings from Khao Lak in Thailand! Nice to get away from normality. I want to draw your attention to three articles this week. The first is a startling fast fashion story – TikTokers List Red Flags That Show This $35 Target Crochet Sweater Is Horrifyingly Unethical.
This is not a pretty looking article, but the story is a classicfast fashion and supply chain misery story. It’s about a crochet top or cardigan for sale at Target, priced at $35. Apparently there is no machine on the planet that can make this, so it has to be handmade.
As one commenter says: you cannot make items like this “without sacrificing the wellbeing of people making our clothes.”
The real cost of something like this should be closer to $250 minimum, based on an estimated 17 hours to make it by hand. The maths may not be perfect in the article, but they estimate the person creating this would be paid maximum $1.70, and that’s not per hour.
Fast fashion is an environmental disaster, but it’s also an industry where human abuse is rife. We must stop buying into it. We must demand that the people making our clothes are treated with respect and can live a life of dignity.
If we stop buying it, they’ll stop making it. But we need millions buying into this idea. It is time to respect all life on earth, and within our human population, it is long overdue that we start to care about the people who always suffer the most.
But I didn’t know just doesn’t cut it anymore. We know. Let’s change how we live and stop buying into fast fashion. If it’s cheap, there’s a very good reason for that. Every deal we get creates suffering and environmental devastation. The system needs to change, but so do we.
Two Covid articles worth reading in the Covid section below.
How Covid-19 vaccines succeeded in saving a million US lives, in charts – Vox.
The simple numbers every government should use to fight anti-vaccine misinformation – The Guardian.
In the Vox article, it makes the case that: Compared to vaccinated people, the unvaccinated are 15 times as likely to die from Covid-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Guardian piece, from Australia, changed how the data is presented, because it was being misrepresented by the antivax movement. In the charts you’ll see the results:
3.55 severe outcomes per 100,000 vaccinated people
91.1 severe outcomes per 100,000 unvaccinated people
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