Back in April, 1,127 Bangladeshi factory workers were killed in what has been called the deadliest garment disaster in history. Bangladesh is the second-largest clothing exporter and supplies some of the biggest brands around the world. Sadly, the workers who help create the products are often underpaid by A LOT. A regular salary for a garment worker in Bangladesh is around $38 a month.
In order to ensure a disaster like this never happens again and advance garment worker rights, it’s important to keep this conversation flowing. Luckily, Monique Coleman is doing just that as she travels through Bangladesh. Mo visited the grounds of the collapse and Tweeted, “There are no words to describe the sadness I felt standing near the remains of
#Savar tragedy site. #bangladesh“.
To bring about change in this area, it’s important we educate ourselves on fair trade products and practices. Not only will it benefit us, but it will support those who work so hard abroad to supply us with our everyday products and clothing items. Mo also stopped by a factory that is providing a fair wage and safe working conditions for its workers. She once again t0ok to Twitter, revealing, “I’m here in
#Bangladesh filming a webisode for #GimmeMo about what we can do as consumers to help improve conditions for garment workers”.
Other celebrities have also been advocates for the fair trade movement. Emma Watson helped create a fair trade collection with People Tree back in 2010 and even visited a slum in Bangladesh to gain perspective, “I saw what the conditions were like of the people who worked in the factories … it’s the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen,” she said of the experience. Leonardo DiCaprio was another A-Lister joining the list of fair trade advocates. The actor created his own line of organic coffee, with proceeds benefiting various environmental projects. Leo explained, “Raising awareness on the most pressing environmental issues of our time is more important than ever.”
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