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The True Cost Of Cotton

Ok, so those of us who are a little more "in the know" about eco materials, probably know these facts already; but do you know what happens in the countries that mass produce cotton?  Take the example, Uzbekistan, a small country situated near Afghanistan and Iran.  With the GDP$3100 per capita, run by a group of dictating elites, the poor stay poor and the rich get richer.  It was around 2007, when their unethical and unsustainable production was exposed: Uzbekistan's main exports include cotton, gold, uranium and natural gas; and cotton takes up 1.3 million hectares of their land producing 1 million tonnes to be sent to manufacturers overseas, who make the clothes for our high street brands.  During harvest...

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Has campaigning for an ethical fashion industry had any impact?

By Bryony Moore; Tuesday 1 November 2011; might be slow, and a sweat-free high street is still a long way off, but it's not all doom and gloomHow much success have campaigners had?Campaigners have been battling for an ethical fashion industry ever since the first sweatshop scandals broke back in the 1990s.  Even now, Ethical Consumer magazine's latest buyers' guide reveals that a sweat-free high street is still a long way off.Anton Marcus, joint secretary of the Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union in Sri Lanka believes the single biggest barrier to progress is access to free trade unions:\Our biggest fight is with the supplier companies who are strongly anti-union and the government

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