Clean Clothes Campaign — A Different Dirty Laundry

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Oftentimes we get complaints that some of the goods showcase here are too expensive. The converse view can also held, that many products are too in-expensive. And this is especially true of apparel. The cruel, indentured life of sweatshop workers, so notoriously exposed in Naomi Klein's book: No Logo, is one reason for the expectation in the West that our clothing and footwear should be dirt cheap. Someone pays. Somewhere. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) "is an international campaign, focused on improving working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries." Based in Europe, the CCC operates in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and is a partnership between 200 organisations. Sister programs with other bodies in the United States, Canada, and Australia are affiliated. Although not yet in a position to endorse any company for doing the right thing, the CCC does offer a list of businesses under the 'alternative/ethical' banner that show signs of moving in the right direction. If you've ever wanted to know just what 'sweatshop', 'living wage', 'code of conduct' or 'boycott' might entail the comprehensive CCC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will set you straight. ::The Clean Clothes Campaign.

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