Americans spend around $16 billion dollars a year on blue jeans, most of which are now made overseas. But if you're curious about where your jeans really come from, the words "made in Bangladesh" are probably telling you only the end of a story that spans thousands of miles, touching the lives of people in as many as five or six different countries.
February 11, 2008
No company wants to be known for employing children in sweatshops or coating their products in lead paint, but intricate supply chains filled with contractors and subcontractors have helped to insulate global corporations from the responsibility of ensuring that their products are safe and ethical.
February 8, 2008
In early 2007, the rock singer Bono teamed up with AIDS activists and veterans of the non-profit sector to found a whole new approach in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Project (RED) wouldn't provide services like an NGO or round up large contributions from businesses, endowments and wealthy philanthropists, but would instead be a business itself. A year later, the program has received heaps of criticism and praise, most of which results from the unconventional way that it goes about its philanthropy.
February 7, 2008
Makers of day packs, lumbar packs and full-size backpacks are starting to take recycling seriously—crafting entire packs out of 100% recycled PET (plastic polyethylene bottles) material. The supply company Mountainsmith is adding a fully recycled series of packs to its 2008 line.
December 22, 2007
The online crafts dealer Etsy.com has more than 70,000 registered merchants, offering items like hand-knitted mouse cozies, clocks made from recycled circuit boards, and thousands of different jewelry styles. Whether or not you view D.I.Y. knick-knacks as our best defense against an economy based on disposable mass-produced goods, you can be sure that nothing you buy on Etsy has been made in a sweatshop.
December 19, 2007