Be aware of what you wear

Have you ever wondered about your clothes? Where are they made?

Have you ever wondered about your clothes? Where are they made? Who made them? As a teenager, I asked myself these questions and decided to find out.

My clothes are mostly made offshore, roughly 95 per cent. The country that produced the most was China.

A basic Chinese textile worker works 17 hours a day, six days a week. The working conditions inside a Chinese textile factory are poor.

Workers face constant discrimination, forced overtime, go months without pay, and when they lose their job, they don’t receive pension or severance pay.  They are given no safety training for their job.

Workers work in very dark, damp, and very hot workplaces. Around one million workers are injured at work every year. There are frequent accidents like fires, where there are instances of people dying because the doors were closed to prevent people from escaping with clothes.

Cotton is the most common material in my clothes.  It takes roughly 20,000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of cotton, equivalent to a T-shirt. Pesticides and insecticides run off into local ecosystems. Polyester is the second most common material and is the least environmentally friendly material.

Polyester is a synthetic material, a by-product of petroleum, created by heating and producing chemicals. China, where 53 per cent of the world’s polyester is made, uses coal to produce electricity.

As a concerned teenager, I would happily pay more for my clothes that are environmentally and people friendly.

Grey Hill

Saanich

 

Just Posted

Victoria teen killed on field trip near Sooke

Second youth also injured in falling tree incident at Camp Barnard

Scorpion gives birth at Victoria Bug Zoo after hitching ride in woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

Oak Bay double murder trial: Blood splatter analyst says no shoe prints found in unit

RCMP analyst testifies to smears, fingermarks, ‘swipe and wipe’ patterns around apartment

Final bell could sound for project that allows Victoria grads to dress in style

Magic Wand must find space to store its prom attire for Greater Victoria students by end of June

Man accused of Brentwood Bay murder appears in court

Alan Chapman tells judge he wants next court appearance to be “as far away as possible”

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

POLL: Do you support the government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion?

The federal government announced Tuesday its approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

Most Read