The main purpose of globalization was to create a Win-Win situation for both the rich countries and the developing countries involved, that is, consumers in the rich countries would get cheaper products, and people in developing countries would get jobs which would help them find their way out of poverty. Unfortunately, this did not turn out to be as planned. Due to greed, people in developing countries were and still are to this day, being used and abused. In Africa, Indian Sub-continent and South America modern slavery rules. Forced labor and child labor have become a norm in some parts of the world. Workers are made to work the whole day in unhealthy and unsafe working conditions and do not even get a fair living wage for their hard work.
So what can we do as consumers? Should we stop buying products labeled "Made in Bangladesh" or "Made in India"? Will boycotting products made in these developing countries end modern slavery? Unfortunately, it won't.
We should not forget that the garment industry is a crucial part of the economy for developing countries like Bangladesh and India, so rather than boycotting them completely, we should demand from brands to pay fair living wages and offer safe and healthy working conditions for all laborers. Fortunately, there are many ethical brands operating in developing countries, that are certified by Fair Wear Foundation, for ensuring that their workers get fair wages and that no forced or child labor takes place.
As consumers we have a lot of power. Every time we spend money on fashion, we are telling the fashion industry what they should do. Choose ethical and organic brands.
Buying only 'Made in Germany' or "Made in UK" won't solve the global issues! Sometimes its more sustainable to opt for ethical, fair wear manufactured in developing countries, which is a Win-Win for everyone in the long run. Studies show that Ethical and fair living-wages reduce migration. We have also met so many people from South Asia who love their countries but due to lack of jobs and unfair wages they are forced to migrate.
Ethical and fair trade helps people in developing countries to find their way out of poverty. Ethical and fair trade empowers women in developing countries by making them independent. So next time you buy your clothes, choose ethical brands, don't just go for fast fashion but rather be an individual with your own style knowing that the hands that made your clothes are happy hands!