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    Whilst I applaud the sentiment I'd be very surprised that a shirt can be made ethically for $10. The price of clothing has gone down SO much over the years. In the early 1980s a basic t-shirt might cost $30. According to the RBA calculator is about $85 at today's prices. I rember the very coveted Country Road white t-shirt in about 1987 was $50 (nothing special, in fact did not have the quality of a Katies plain white t-shirt).

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    Then $30. I'm happy to be educated further!

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    Then $30. I'm happy to be educated further!
    That was $30 in about 1983 which is about $85 in today's money. I couldn't guarantee that it was ethically made either.

    I think the best idea is to implement labeling that describes the level of ethics the product was made under.

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    I recently watched something that showed kmart clothes being made in India?? (Dont quote me) but the workers were miserable, however said if people dont by the stuff then they lose their job.

    So what really is the answer?


    $60 a month (their wages) is absolutely horrifying. But $0 is so much worse






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    I agree with Zombie eyes.. I'd like to not buy them if I could afford to choose what I buy however I don't like the thought of them having no job either.

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    It's a hard one! Looking for ethically produced stuff completely limits your choice and usually comes with a higher price. I try to make the best decision I can the majority of the time, but it's not easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie_eyes View Post
    I recently watched something that showed kmart clothes being made in India?? (Dont quote me) but the workers were miserable, however said if people dont by the stuff then they lose their job.

    So what really is the answer?


    $60 a month (their wages) is absolutely horrifying. But $0 is so much worse






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    I think the idea is that if retailers only buy from ethical factories then the factories would be motivated to implement ethical practices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie_eyes View Post
    I recently watched something that showed kmart clothes being made in India?? (Dont quote me) but the workers were miserable, however said if people dont by the stuff then they lose their job.

    So what really is the answer?


    $60 a month (their wages) is absolutely horrifying. But $0 is so much worse






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    That sentiment is a cop out. Not on your behalf poster, but the general idea that it's better than no job. It is of course, but I'm sure the western world would prefer meaningful salaries were paid. We just need to find a way to influence companies to do this.

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    Oh i really hope i wasn't coming off as being crappy then.

    Can the companies themselves afford to pay their workers more if they are being paid crap as it is? If they raise their price. Will these big companies just go elsewhere? It seems like it would take a massive massive massive thing for everyone to come together and demand more money for their product. And then wouldn't other poverty stricken regions then low ball the rest in order to get business?


    Im rambling. But id love to know the answers


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    Unless the fabric and components are also made in Australia are we really making that big a difference?

    This is a genuine question

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