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Conventional cotton T-shirts come at quite a high price to many people in all stages of production. Conventional cotton is heavily sprayed with pesticides, which impact the workers in cotton fields who are exposed to these poisons. A large number of field workers, including children, are actually slaves, especially in Uzbekistan, cited as one of the largest producers of cotton in the world.
People are also exposed to the toxic dyes used to color the cotton, and many are employed in factories described as sweatshops because of the terrible working conditions, which demand extremely long hours for little pay in dusty, overheated rooms, with limits on personal freedoms (e.g., bathroom breaks).
The positive effects are again more obvious. Many people are employed in the process of producing cotton T-shirts, and while the conditions may often be difficult and even brutal, these jobs are preferable to the relentless poverty which has led many people to take a miserable job as an alternative to no job at all.
For a humane world,
Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDx talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach"
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