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Reflecting on the tragedy in Bangladesh: Is it possible to shop with a clear conscience?

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Re-printed with permission from Devorah Miller, owner of Red Thread Designs. Such an important message! On April 24, we all heard about a factory building collapsing in Bangladesh. Dozens of people were declared dead, and it was horrifying to hear about this tragedy unfolding from afar. Photos of the scene showed a garment labelled Joe Fresh, and Canadian consumers suddenly felt they had played a part in this tragic event. Now twelve days later, the death toll tops 600. Terrible grief has come to countless people in Bangladesh, and journalists around the world have grappled with the questions raised –...

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Cheap Isn't Always Best!

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The world was reminded last week that the pursuit of the cheapest goods possible isn’t necessarily a good thing! Hundreds of Bangladesh textile workers died needlessly because their employers forced them to work in a building that was structurally unsound. Even though there were obvious cracks in the walls of the facility and concerns were expressed about the safety of the building 2 days before the horrible tragedy, employees were forced back to work.   Why was this situation allowed? Because the pressure on manufacturers to produce goods at the lowest possible price drove employers to cut corners even though...

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