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If you apply the fair trade standard to your coffee, why not your clothes

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 People rescue garment workers trapped under rubble at the Rana Plaza building after it collapsed, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka in this April 24, 2013 file photo. 
Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
People rescue garment workers trapped under rubble at the Rana Plaza building after it collapsed, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka in this April 24, 2013 file photo. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

ANN ARBOR (WKZO)--   Shoppers who object to the idea of their clothing being made by women and children working in sweat-shops overseas, are demanding information about where articles of clothing are being made.

It’s the “fair trade” movement that began in the food industry, now spreading to clothing.   University of Michigan Researcher Ian Robinson says it’s not often easy to find the information.

From boutiques to big department stores, retailers are just starting to add information - on websites and labels - about where their clothing is made and under what conditions

The movement has picked up momentum since the collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh two weeks ago.  The death toll rose to 1,024 as of this morning, making it one of the worst industrial accidents in history.

  And that death toll is expected to rise even higher as they clear the rubble.

 

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