A Personal Observation – Are Consumers Partially Responsible for the Bangladesh Fires?

It’s been a while now since those horrible fires in Bangladesh that killed all those factory workers. This isn’t the first time it’s happened, hell, from what I’ve heard, it’s not even the first time it happened in 2012. The work conditions in those places are appalling. I don’t know how anyone can justify locking in workers. Why? So they won’t steal? If they mistrust their workers so much, hire security to stand at the doors of the building and frisk people who come in and out. Might cost a bit more, but if there’s a fire, you can damn well know everyone will make it out.

A weekend before Christmas. We went into one of those home specialty box stores (I felt like a rich person, btw) and I bought a cake pan. I needed it for fudge. They had three ranging in price from 3.99 to 9.99. One was a non-stick, but I like the glass one they had. When I turned it over I noticed a MADE IN THE U.S. label on the bottom, and I checked out the other two. Made in China.

I bought the one made in the States.

When all is said and done, it boils down to one thing — money. Companies who send their products to places like this are doing it for cheap labour cost. When was the last time you bought something that said Made In [some other place other than China or another Asian country]? I understand people go into business to make money, but are things so expensive here that companies can’t compete?

I’m looking at where things are made now and trying to stay away from overseas imports. It’s going to be very, very hard. I’m not sure I can do it, but I’m going to try. I have nothing against the Chinese or any Asians, but isn’t it hypocritical on our part, if we blast them on Human Rights violations, but buy products from their factories? Child labour, dangerous work conditions, deadly products (lead paint on children’s toys, and poisoned animal treats) and the latest, fake mechanical parts in aircrafts;


Where does it stop?


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to A Personal Observation – Are Consumers Partially Responsible for the Bangladesh Fires?

  1. I think you’re right about this. It takes a lot of effort, but we need to know what we’re buying, and make the right choices.

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