I am guessing many of you reading this perhaps haven’t started to shop ethically. What is shopping ethically? Well being ethical has several dimensions. One is that you care about the environment. The other is that you care about how the products are produced, both from an environmental perspective as well as that people working to produce all the products that you are going to shop.
The reason often for riots and war is that people are dissatisfied. It creates unstable societies not to please the populations. This is nothing new, this is in fact exactly what has been written in both the Koran and the Bible, as well as our history books. Just see what the people starving did to Napoleon and Marie Anoinette! Even if there is one ruler on the top, no matter democracy or dictatorship the people in the end can make any power fall. This has been proven all through history. This means that no power can remain in power if the big masses are not happy with it. So what should persons in power do? They should please the population. Why? Well this is the core of society, keeping the population happy. That means that people should have housing, food and something to do. Dissatisfaction can lead to anarchy.
Well, if you are somewhat a scholar you know all this. But now I have at least explained the basics. We, the industrialized countries have given more and more production abroad, to countries in Asia and other parts of the world. A world dominator for a lot of production is India and China and their neighbouring countries.
We, the industrialized countries, have moved production to i.e. Asia mainly because of cutting costs. This has been possible due to modern technologies for transport. However transporting something for a long way isn’t environmentally friendly at all. It isn’t just that the products are produced and shipped to our countries. Many times a lot of the materials are shipped from other parts of the world to be produced into a product i.e. Asia. So we could say that things really go all over the planet before they even reach the stores, to finally end up in your households.
How do you know that the production of the material was done ethically? How do you know that no life or nature didn’t have to suffer in order for the material to be produced? How do you know that the transports didn’t pollute nature or make life suffer on the way to the factories to be produced into products? How do you know that the people in the factories have good working conditions? You don’t.
There are labels like “fair trade”, KRAV, Reach, ÖEKO-tex and such that make companies certify their products. This way they guarantee a certain quality assurance for you as a costumer. No certification means no guarantees.
It is very easy to make all companies comply to i.e. Europeans ISO-standards and this way know how a product is produced. This can then be certified in an environmental label as well as fair trade label. If we pollute environments we are creating an unstable world. The eco-system is getting fucked up. The eco-system is connected on the other side of the world with your local environment. It is all connected. One thing dying in nature in one part of the world might make something in your neighbouring environment die. Even if you are not thinking about it. As an example I want to mention salmon and ale. Those are fish that need different parts of the world for different things. Also birds travel around the world. So everything is effected by problems far far away. You perhaps aren’t thinking about it, but everything is connected, whether you like it or not. This is just how our planet is made.
Then, on top of animal life and nature, we shouldn’t forget the people. If people are dissatisfied due to poverty, unequal settings and oppressed somehow that can create unstable societies. Just see Africa, werest crime is high and people shoot each other in different rebel wars. Then we have Asia. The people are being used as slaves in countries that produce our products. They are not even allowed to be sick, according to the article in SVD.se. The people are not given longer work contracts, they work short periods on contract for a while. If they complain their contracts are not prolonged, according to SVD.se. This creates uncertainty in life, money and so on. This creates unstable environments, societies that can in the end get – WAR – ANARCHY! So far the people are demonstrating outside factories that make cheap clothes for you to wear. They want higher salaries so they can survive. They are not even making the minimum for a sustainable life in their own countries the article in SVD says. That is really bad. They have no child leave, it is also written.
All the above is just overall bad and you and I are responsible! As long as we continue shopping at Walmart, HM and from Kingston factories (the companies in the below article) we are telling the companies we do not care. So why do they have to care? If you don’t? (I just wanted to add that more companies than these have Asian production and perhaps many of them have similar conditions?)
I am saying. We are going towards wars and anarchy in all the countries we are using for our benefit. In the end we to will suffer. So perhaps you should complain to the companies and make them say: “We want all our workers to have income they can survive on”. That is the only fair thing. How else can we maintain peace? People are not slaves, yet they are treated that way. We are no better now then when Americans enslaved entire races.
Asia isn’t alone in using people and having dissatisfied people. Other countries are at risk to. I am right and this I have observed. I do not need to be smart to connect the dots. Just connect the dots and you will open your eyes. YOU ARE A PART OF THIS. If you do not care – who does?
What can you do? Well, you can write letters, e-mails, suggestions for legislation, protest, inform, blog etcetera. You are a power factor. “Ringarna på vattnet” is all I am saying.
At Apple they are using child labour, according to SVD.se, source below: