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12.11.2015

Why I'm never shopping at Primark again

Image taken from Telegraph.co.uk

I've been vegetarian for nearly 4 months and been buying cruelty free makeup and skincare for about 2. Needless to say that this was a very drastic change for me and I didn't do it overnight. 

Even though, I am a big advocate for environment, health and animal welfare, my boyfriend kept teasing me for buying clothes from sweatshops. Now, I've never head of this term before I met Ryan, which is actually quite embarrassing. How can I call myself a responsible adult and not know about the cruelty and human right abuse that is going on in Third World countries? So I've made a decision. I won't shop in Primark anymore. 

Primark was the ideal place for me to restock my tights every other week. £3 for 3 pairs? Bargain, innit? I never questioned the price or the quality for that matter. Couple of weeks ago Ryan told me about the story, where a woman purchased a dress from her local Primark store and discovered that there was another extra label sewn in with a 'cry for help' message. Since that day I've been debating with myself whether I want to buy cheap tights and allow this to happen or spend a few extra pounds and buy something that might not fuel sweatshops anymore. 

So I'm doing it publicly - from today (Wednesday 9 December) I won't buy anything from any Primark shop anymore. I know not that long ago I did a post on their lip liners that are actually cruelty free, however, money I would spend on their makeup or home decor would still feed into the big pot. I don't want to be a part of it and rather spend a bit more and sleep a little better during the night. 

What do you think? Do you think this is just some crazy talk or you have the same opinion as me? I would love to hear your thoughts.




1 comment:

  1. Šis konkrētais stāsts ir diezgan aizdomīgs ;) Zemāk links uz rakstu, kur izskaidrotas dažas lietas saistībā ar šo gadījumu. Es vēl varu piemetināt, ka šaubos, vai trešās pasaules valstu pilsoņi rakstītu tik raitā angļu valodā...
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/primark-claims-cry-for-help-labels-are-a-hoax-carried-out-in-the-uk-following-investigation-9569990.html
    No raksta: "It may be no more than a coincidence that an exhibition of labels of a similar kind was held in Swansea, also in 2013. Visitors were encouraged to sew labels, using similar wording and appearance to the hoax labels, onto clothing."

    Tomēr es pilnībā piekrītu, ka cilvēku nodarbināšana necilvēcīgos un nedrošos apstākļos ir milzīga problēma, ko vajadzētu risināt, drīzāk gan valstiskā līmenī. Cilvēki jau ir izlutināti ar fast fashion cenām un tik viegli neatteiksies no tām. Es pati strādāju apakšveļas ražošanas uzņēmumā (ražošana notiek tepat Rīgā un ne fabrikā) un redzu, kā veidojas cenas, kādi uzcenojumi ir pa virsu ražošanas cenai un visu pārējo. Nevar par tādām pašām cenām saražot preces Latvijā vai vēl vairāk Rietumeiropā. Diemžēl lielākajai daļai patērētāju tas nebūs arguments, ja jāšķiras no saviem privātajiem līdzekļiem, un tas turpinās meklēt arvien lētākas un lētākas mantas. Es sašokējos pirms pāris gadiem, kad pie raksta par Latvijas dizainera darbu bija tāds komentārs: "Nu, par šo džemperi es nemaksātu vairāk par 10 eiro!" Apģērbu cenas pēdējā desmitgadē vispār ir ļoti kritušās (un reti kurš aizdomājas kāpēc), un neviens vairs negrib maksāt adekvātu cenu. Tā tas turpināsies, kamēr attiecīgās valstis nesāks kontrolēt savu ražošanu un to, lai tiek maksātas samērīgas algas, nodrošināti normāli darba apstākļi!

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