steve111about 1 year ago
I'd like to raise a contentious issues, not to be negative but just because I don't think it get's discussed! Often we lament the empty factories and the manufacturing industries of old and have negative thoughts about the outsourcing of those jobs to places with cheaper labour and production costs. What is the underlying thinking that says that outsourcing is bad and that "made in USA" is inherently good? I'm Australian and the "made in Australia" debate is just as prevalent there.
I ask this because I live in a economically poor Asia country and can see the great progress and income that is coming from the growing textiles manufacturing industry (it's not without it's problems, but overall it's good). It would be terrible for the lives of poorer workers here if those factories suddenly closed. They rely on them for what is still a meagre wage ($70-$80USD per month). Often it's an older sibling working who can then fund the school fees of their brothers and sisters, so that they in turn can get an even better job.
We tout locally made as sustainable and socially responsible. But responsible for whom? Haven't our globally economies become so interconnected that we now also have a responsibility towards those who are relying on our trade? Yes there is a "real impact of fast fashion" but there is an equally devastating impact of stopping it.
It would be brilliant if cities were more self-sustaining (cities in the wealthy and poorer countries) but the process of getting there is very difficult. Are there any initiatives that include this consideration?
Again, not trying to be negative, just raising the question!