Sweat Free Apparel
- Green America
Green America provides a guide for responsible purchasing of clothing as well as score sheet of major brands.
Clothing brand rankings: http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/responsibleshopper/industry/clothing.cfm
- EthixMerch is a comprehensive vendor that provides custom printed apparel merchandise from union, fair trade, and sweatshop free suppliers. They provide several guides to help navigate the options available.
- Free to Work is a comprehensive evaluation of major brands, giving letter grades based on values like transparency and workers rights.
- Maquila Solidarity Network is a labour and women’s rights organization that supports the efforts of workers in the global supply chains to win improved wages and working conditions and a better quality of life. Their periodic downloadable newsletters at this site provide an excellent resource on current events and challenges in the industry.
- The Myth of the Ethical Shopper
Story: Michael Hobbes / Art: Abigail Goh
Michael Hobbs takes a look at the complex and changing apparel industry and concludes that if we want to make real and lasting changes, our leverage is in our policies, not our purchases
- How to be More Than a Mindful Consumer
Annie Leonard Yes Magazine August 2103
While taking us through the life of a t-shirt, Leonard argues that boycotting or avoiding products that don’t meet our personal standards for sustainability and fairness will never be enough to bring about real change.
- Is the Perfect Factory Possible?
An account of Alta Gracia, a living wage apparel company, and its’ successes.
- Threads: Gender, Labor, and Power in the Global Apparel Industry
Jane Collins 2003
A compelling account of how international trade affects local communities but also of how workers can organize to demand better.
- Making Sweatshops: The Globalization of the U.S. Apparel Industry
Ellen Israel Rosen 2002
Self described as “the only comprehensive historical analysis of the globalization of the U.S. apparel industry”; Rosen examines the changing source of America’s apparel as well as the policy and economic regimes behind the changes
- Students Against Sweatshops
Liza Featherstone 2002
This book is an account of the national organization United Students Against Sweatshops and is an excellent resource for any student looking to get up to speed with the landscape of sweatshop activism.
- Nike: Sweatshops: Behind the Swoosh
Jim Keady, former soccer coach at St. John’s University, stepped down after refusing to wear the college’s Nike brand apparel which he associated with unfair labor practices. He then traveled to the factories to see for himself what was going on. This is a documentary of his travels.
- Made in L.A.
The Documentary follows three Latina garment workers and their struggle for fair treatment and pay from their employer, Forever 21. The Emmy award winning film is recognized as one of the top ten documentaries for social justice by Bill Moyers.
- The Machinist
The Machinists provide an intimate look into the arduous lives of Bangladeshi garment workers.