My name is Latifah but everyone calls me Teefa for short. I am 10 years old. My mum is from Nigeria and Latifah is an African name meaning 'gentle'. Clothes are really important to me and my friends and we always get the latest fashion.
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Last Sunday I helped my Mum with the laundry. I was busy folding my bright yellow tee-shirt that I love when I noticed a small label on the collar which said ‘made in Brazil’. Brazil!? I pictured the world map in my head. That’s half way around the globe!
That started to make me think about where my other clothes had come from.
I found my favourite denim skirt and looked at its label. It said ‘made in Turkey’. I started going through the whole pile of folded clothes, to look at where they were made. The list of countries was endless; Mexico, China, Bangladesh, India…
My clothes had travelled thousands of miles before they reached me! Sounds cool, doesn’t it? But then I started to wonder: Why were they made so far away? Who made them?
I needed to do some Go-Givers research!
I looked on the internet and found out that most of the clothes we buy are made in countries that are poorer than Britain. That’s because companies can make more money if they set up factories in poorer countries. Some companies pay their workers less than what most British workers are paid, and make them work longer hours. Some factories have dangerous working conditions. Sometimes these are called ‘sweatshops’. Worst of all, some workers are only children, just like me.
Fashion is meant to be beautiful. I love clothes and looking good! But when one person is treated unfairly so another person can buy the latest look, I think fashion becomes a very ugly thing.
Not all factories treat their workers badly. For example, if you see clothes with a Fairtrade mark, it means that everyone involved in the making of that piece of clothing was treated fairly.
I just wish all fashion was fair.
Take a look at your clothes labels. Where in the world have they been made? Let me know!
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