How Much More Of A Wake-Up Do We Need? 70 Dead In Garment Tragedy

UPDATE: The original article we cited said that Benetton was one of retailers that sourced from the factory, but Benetton has reached out to us to say that they are not current manufacturers for Benetton.
Forgive our French, but if this isn't a sign that big-box retailers need to wake the flip up, we don't know what is. (Maybe if our clothing came alive at night and tried to eat us, Ghostbusters-style. Perhaps that might incite the industry to action.) An eight-story building that housed several garment makers collapsed in Bangladesh Wednesday morning. According to Bangladeshi officials and media outlets, over 70 people were killed and upwards of 600 were injured, and many are still trapped. As NPR reports, some of the companies within the building were responsible for creating material for The Children's Place and Dress Barn, and plenty of others.
Advertisement
What is particularly egregious about this newest tragedy isn't just the brands involved (c'mon, we should know better), but the fact that, as the Times reports, "workers told Bangladeshi news outlets that supervisors had ordered them to attend work on Wednesday, even though cracks were discovered in the building on Tuesday." Which means that workers spied the infrastructure giving way and warned superiors, and they were still forced to head into work underneath a shoddy building. It isn't just sad; it's shameful.
How many more of these stories do we need to hear to rethink the chain of global distribution in fashion? The problem is two-sides: Bangladesh has 80% of its workforce in the garment industry but also some of the lowest wages in the world — in fact, many companies have left China, which used to be the manufacturing capital, because of increased wages. These issues seems so global, so taxing on human life and wellness, and so deeply ingrained in societal and business structures, they may appear insurmountable...which is why it's important for us to keep applying pressure for regulations, transparency, and accountability. (Gawker)
bangladesh
Photo: Via The NYTimes
Advertisement

More from Fashion

Some trends are easy to dive into head-first: Give us all the athleisure in the world, and we're definitely not complaining. Because no matter how many ...
Carlton Banks, your moment as a fashion icon has come. On Wednesday, Miuccia Prada showed a collection that, at first glance, might not immediately remind ...
Sometimes it can feel like life is just a constant rotation between large plastic bins of clothing — as soon as you're finally getting settled into your ...
Laura Delarato and plus-size TRX trainer and pole dancer Roz Mays try on workout tops and talk about what makes a good plus-size workout top
We first heard about Nike's plans to really, truly make the self-lacing sneakers from Back to the Future Part II a reality back in March, after the ...
This story was originally published on October 8, 2015. You can expect to see a certain set of characters at every Halloween party. Cher Horowitz is in ...
The cast of Stranger Things is continuing its world tour of stealing your heart. First, Millie Bobby Brown took over the front row of New York Fashion ...
(Paid Content) Dressing for your age is a game that's rigged: Try as you may, the outcome is fixed and not often in your favor. One moment women are told ...
Kendall Jenner recently admitted that she's always either braless or in a bralette, and she's not the only one. Tons of women (regardless of chest size) ...
With close to 4 million followers on Instagram, Aimee Song (a.k.a. Song of Style) knows how to take a pretty decent photo. The Los Angeles-based interior ...
Sometimes, looking a certain height is all about perspective
For the past few months, we’ve been hearing the term “see now, buy now” ad nauseam. It's all about offering customers instant gratification — the ability ...
You can switch out your clothes all you want, but you can’t really replicate the way glasses can completely transform you. It’s like presenting an ...
Last year, the lingerie line Frederick's of Hollywood closed all its stores after going bankrupt. But now, it's making a resurgence with a little help ...