Sweatshop, a short documentary series about Norwegian fashion bloggers that go to Cambodian clothing factories

Sweatshop, a short documentary series about Norwegian fashion bloggers that go to Cambodian clothing factories

I’ve never seen this posted here, so I thought I’d share. Here’s [episode 1 with English subs](https://www.aftenposten.no/norge/i/4d1nl9/Video-fra-Aftenposten?video=21032).

I really loved this series, and I think it’s a great companion with The True Cost and other suggested reading/watching when the ethics of fashion comes up.

I just found out there’s another [Swedish season here](http://sweatshop.aftonbladet.se/chapter/provningen/?autoplay=true)! I believe they’re also making another, more action-focused season which you can learn more about [here](http://sweatshop.no/)!

EDIT: I realized their website doesn’t make finding the other episdoes very easy so here they are:

– [Ep 2](https://www.aftenposten.no/norge/i/4d1nl9/Video-fra-Aftenposten?video=21035)
– [Ep 3](https://www.aftenposten.no/verden/i/A2LGr3/Sweatshop-ep-3-The-Insight)
– [Ep 4](https://www.aftenposten.no/verden/i/zL76y5/Sweatshop-ep-4-The-Fight)
– [Ep 5](https://www.aftenposten.no/norge/i/4d1nl9/Video-fra-Aftenposten?video=21031)

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Comments ( 7 )
  1. CannabizSeattle
    April 28, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Thank you! A relevant post given the conversation some of us we’re just having a few days ago 👏 all the more reason to support your local thrift & consignment shops

  2. thumbtackswordsman
    April 28, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I watched this a while ago. What really hit me is when the bloggers were saying that maybe the sweat shop worker is happy because she doesn’t know how bad her life is, after all it’s all she has known. And she seems to be smiling all the time. So they ask her. And she tells them that she is unhappy, and that her mother died of starvation.

  3. gilianabanana
    April 28, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Thank you for this!
    I could not open part 3 and four but found a full, albeit shortened, version on YouTube.

    The male blogger at one point said something like “They only ask for $60 more a month so they don’t have to faint while sewing our clothes”. That was the one that got to me the most.

    I sometimes tried to silence my bad conscious by thinking that, yes, they do earn a fraction of what they should but cost of living is also less and at least a job keeps them fed however horrible this job is. Seeing that factory workers in Cambodia, Bangladesh, etc just starve slowly while being employed (by companies I buy from) is eye opening to say the least!
    Time to re-think how I can stop wasting so much resources, be it clothes, food, gas, electricity, everything.

  4. PirateCortazar
    April 28, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    I lived in Cambodia for about a year, and had to drive past the factories on my way to work every day.

    A lot of things have changed since this documentary, but it doesn’t mean that things are that much better. The average wage has nearly tripled, and there are initiatives to offer laborers better working conditions, health benefits and membership in labor unions. Still, reports of abuses in certain factories continue to exist. Most of these factories are run by Chinese managers, by the way.

    Also, I advise you to take this type of “poverty porn” documentary with a grain of salt. $200 p/m today is considered a decent local wage and people can cover their basic needs with that, even if it might seem scandalous to us.

    What we should be mad about aside some of the inhumane conditions still found in some of these factories (aka sweatshops), is the markup we get slammed with in the west.

    If you’re curious, the most common brand found in Cambodian flea markets that sell off the surplus from these factories, is by far Zara. There’s also plenty of Uniqlo, Calzedonia, Underarmor and H&M.

    *Edited for clarity.

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    April 28, 2018 at 12:54 pm

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  6. pochemy
    April 28, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    I guess for me the question is if I stop buying from these companies, will they pay workers more/improve conditions or just go out of business and leave the workers with no income at all? Not shopping for stuff made in developing countries is an easy way to feel less guilty about this, but I’m not sure what the actual long term impact is.

  7. azeritto
    May 2, 2018 at 3:52 am


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