Over 170,000,000 children are involved in child labor.
They are either participating willingly to make ends meet or forced by their government to work.
Here are some statistics about the child labor happening within the fashion industry.
There are 3 stages of production: final stage, raw materials, and inputs production. At every stage there are different protocols taken to create clothing in the textile-garment industry. For brands that use child labor, it is important to recognize that the processes to complete are dangerous to the health and livelihood of not only a youth but an elder.
To learn more about the types of labor that goes on in the textile industry and how friendly certain brands are to the environment, check out this report from the 2019 Fashion Report:
Farming for cotton, husbandry or shearing of wool, and crude oil for synthetic fibers, plastics and extraction/refining.
The labor intensive process can be paralleled with modern day slavery. Children who have to work in these conditions are being exploited for proximity to resources.
Creating the textiles by ginning, spinning, kitting, dying, and embroidery, tanning leather, or processing/molding plastic.
The tanning of leathers, dyeing, plastic creation is extremely harmful in its emissions and airborne chemicals.
Inhaling these chemicals can provoke long lasting health conditions.
Cutting, producing, and trimming for sewing and printing.
The production of fibers and thread for sewing uses up a tremendous amount of water and is a labor intensive process for a child. Not to mention that they make less than $0.50 per garment.
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