Every item in your closet says Made in <fill in the blank>. The intention is good but the execution is nowhere near helpful. Is it made in a way that uplifts the people who make it and the environment that supports it? Who’s to say. Here’s why fashion needs a better tagging system.
91.3% of Goods are Made in Developing Countries, But How?
So you have a closet full of Made in China. Is that good or bad? Believe it or not China’s labor laws and as a result wages, have steadily risen in the last 10 years. Many factories meet ethical standards that we would expect here in the west. So Made in China isn’t necessarily bad. We need to remember it’s about the factory not the country. So we need to demand a more transparent labeling system for our goods.
US & UK Get CrackDown for Poor Labor
Just like Made in China might not be bad, Made in US or Made in UK may not necessarily mean good. Los Angeles garment factories have been taking a lot of heat for recent government crackdowns that have exposed many factories as not up to codes or pay. Forever 21 continues to be the absolute worst. Recent crackdowns have also happened in the UK as well. So clearly, we cannot simply rely on the good graces of location on our tags.
But What’s the Solution?
We need one unifying stamp of approval across all products signifying the ethical conditions products were made under. A few marks have tried this. B-Corp is doing pretty good, however are growing more in other sectors than fashion. World Fair Trade has made the most recognizable progress however their logo is a bit busy and still hasn’t reached a full mass market yet.
Manufacture with the THR3EFOLD Stamp
At THR3EFOLD we will be placing our logo behind each product manufactured through our connection in an effort to begin branding ethically made across the industry. Do you want your products to get the ethically made stamp of approval? Apply to be connected today and let’s get started.