August 2, 2009

Another Reason I Don't Buy from Gap!

We have all heard about the inhumane working conditions children are put through at Gap Factories around the world. Here is the latest knock against the clothing giant.

"A FACTORY that produces jeans for US clothing retailers Gap and Levi Strauss is illegally dumping chemical waste in Lesotho, posing a major hazard to children, The Sunday Times reported.
The British newspaper said it had discovered that the plant, operated by Taiwanese firm Nien Hsing, was pouring dark blue effluent into a river used for cooking and bathing.
The paper also alleged that the firm was dumping needles, razors and harmful chemicals at two municipal dumps that attract young children who search for pieces of clothing to sell.
Many of the children worked up to 10 hours per day and complained of ailments that included breathing difficulties, weeping eyes and skin rashes..."

For those of you who don't know where Lesotho is, it's a small country that sits entirely surrounded by South Africa. 40% of the population live below the International Poverty Line of $1.25 a day and the country is severely affected by HIV/Aids.

The devastating price so many need to pay in order to keep the first-world economy thriving.

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