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John Oliver slams the fast fashion industry



In this week's episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver featured the long and depressing story of labor violations in the fashion industry. If you've been following this for years, you won't learn a whole lot, but it's quite a good, succinct overview of the last 20 years. I've had a couple people ask me why I don't support GAP, in particular, and this segment will clear that up.

I've embedded the entire segment above for your viewing pleasure.

I'm curious to know how you feel about the segment. Do you think it went deep enough? Do you think it will prove helpful?

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One son died, his spirit is revisitin' us 
True and living, living in us, resistance is us
That's why Rosa sat on the bus
That's why we walked through Ferguson with our hands up
When it go down we woman and man up
They say, "Stay down" and we stand up
Shots, we on the ground, the camera panned up
King pointed to the mountain top and we ran up


Happy MLK Day! Go watch Selma if you haven't already.

this is where your Christmas stuff comes from


According to Quartz' recent article, about 60% of the world's new Christmas decorations come from the city of Yiwu in China. Reporters state that conditions are bad by western standards and that many workers are likely inhaling toxic chemicals on a daily basis. On the spectrum of possible working conditions, however, it's not so bad. 

What surprised me most about the video is that production looks more like a craft project than a factory operation. I think a lot of us assume that our goods are churned through a high tech, fully automated machine, but, in industries that rely on the cheapest manufacturing cost possible, it's not a priority to update equipment. It's much easier to employ people to do it all by hand. This is true even in U.S. factories. This is why fair labor is expensive.