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Textile Factories Overseas: Making Clothing For Us Consumers

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We have become a nation of consumers. Demanding consumers. We want a lot and we want it cheap. Unfortunately, cheap comes at a cost. A cost that goes to people miles away, people we don’t know and most of us are likely never to meet. People working in factories located in China, Bangladesh, the Philippines and more. Any clothing tag will tell you where it came from, but it won't tell you the name or age of the person who made it. It won’t tell you that those people make less money every year than the average person living in the US makes in a month. How have clothing factories affected the quality of life for these people? How are consumers effecting the lives of these people?
When we buy clothing at the store, a good chunk of the cost goes towards producing the materials. The most common material used for clothing is cotton. In the U.S. there are fourteen major cotton growing states. These states form a region along the bottom half of the U.S. known as the Cotton Belt and have three things in common: lots of sunshine, water and fertile soil (Cotton’s Journey). Critical for growing a good cotton crop. Although cotton is also largely grown in China, India and Pakistan, cotton grown in the US has become the most desirable in the world. This is because cotton grown in the US in never touched by human hands. Cotton farmers will pay top dollar for the best picking machines. Mississippi cotton farmer, Bowen Flowers, bought five John Deere 7760 pickers in 2013 and they cost him about $600,000 each (NPR apps). These high end cotton pickers have programmable routs and are basically self-driving. However, one person sits in the cabin as the picker makes its rounds and monitors the operation. Since machines do all the picking, cotton is never subjected to the sweat, oil and dirt from human hands. Not to mention machines are a lot faster. By hand, a person can pick about 20 cotton plants in 9 minute, the latest machines however can pick 1200 plants in about 30 seconds (oldeenglishconsortium). Since the machines are so efficient they significantly reduced the number of workers needed. In 2013, Flowers’ farm produced enough cotton to make 9.4 million t-shirts, but he only has 13 employees (NPR app). So although the picking machines cost a pretty penny, it’s an investment for the farmer. After the cotton has been harvested it’s sent overseas to be turned into fabric. Fabric which is then sent to a garment factory where its transformed into clothes.
Today, Bangladesh is home to over 4,500 garment factories (NY Times). Its also home to 4 million of the most underpaid workers in the world, all working in those factories. There, the minimum wage has just taken a jump from 39 dollars a month to 68 dollars, but even with the raise, workers are only making a yearly salary of about 816 dollars. For a person living in the US, that amount isn’t nearly enough to sustain a good quality of living. In Bangladesh, people make good use of the little they have. Workers send...

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