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Slavery Footprint Calculator: Is Forced Child Labor Responsible For Your Eyeshadow?

Published on October 6, 2011 by   ·   1 Comment Pin It

Creepily, we are so detached from our “stuff” that we wouldn’t know who made anything we own, unless we made it ourselves.    Many things we never would have imagined caused pain and suffering are rampant with it, from our leggings to our morning tea.  As vegans, we know avoiding animal products can make a huge difference in global consciousness and direct action. But what about the people making our things?

Slavery Footprint Calculator: Is Forced Child Labor Responsible For Your Eyeshadow?

This new “Slavery Footprint Calculator” let’s you know.  According to Refinery29′s Connie Wang; “Forced labor may be illegal in the United States, but the practice is alive and flourishing in many nations across the world (including our own), and has a hand in creating a lot of your shiny, new things, like phones, sweaters, boots, coffee, and lipstick. In fact, unless you’re Robinson Crusoe, most everything you own has been produced using slave labor in one form or another, whether its via the minerals mined for your eyeshadow or the cotton picked for your new jeans.”

Not only is taking this survey fascinating, the design is exquisite, it’s actually a pleasure to take.  Try it yourself here.

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. Shocking and yet not wholly unexpected. Sad, really. We need to return manufacturing to the United States to revive our communities, bring jobs, and help begin the process of gaining greater control over the quality–and SAFETY–of our consumer products.

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