to drink or not to drink?

This project was designed with the aim of analyzing the policies and actions of major drink shop chains in Taiwan and organizing the data into an accessible and user-friendly index. In the early stages of the project, an emphasis will be placed on looking specifically at the area of politics, human rights, and media presence. Our goal is to raise awareness about ethical consumption and to give consumers an easy, actionable way to make an impact.

what is ethical consumption?

Ethical consumption is defined as the conscious decision to make consumption choices that take into consideration ethical issues, moral beliefs, and political values. This can include a wide range of issues, including concern about oppressive regimes, military expenditure, animal rights, child labor, supply chain ethics, and more.

why does ethical consumption matter?

In a time where accessibility of news and information is growing, the average consumer is becoming more informed and interested in how the supply chain functions. At the same time, the market is expanding and competition between companies to attract customers has reached an all-time-high. When consumers become more informed and buy more ethically, companies are forced to respond accordingly or face lower profits.

We consumers now have the power to be considered a counterbalance against both authoritarian regimes and the out-of-control capitalist forces which enable them.

how do i become an ethical consumer?

Making ethical consumption choices can start with the individual – by being more aware of the political stances and actions of the corporations we’re buying from, and making informed choices based on this, we are already taking the first step in becoming more conscious consumers.

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The Bloody Truth Behind Shein
Recently, videos have gone viral on TikTok claiming Shein workers are Hiding secret messages in clothing tags to beg for help. Such as "Please help me" notes, handwritten "Help" messages on packages, and the phrase "Need your help" interspersed on clothing cleaning labels.

The truth behind Shein's rise to prominence is that all of its clothes are made in China, and the work of countless Chinese garment factory workers, day and night, is the truth behind Shein's rise. Shein's long-standing demand for a diverse range of products in a short period of time has put pressure on manufacturing and production on Chinese garment workers, who work long shifts and overtime in poorly supervised factories to make clothes.

According to statistics from the Wall Street Journal in 2019, the average American fast-fashion consumer buys 68 pieces of clothing per year and throws them away after seven years, some without even being worn once. That's just the average. For brands like Shein that push "fast fashion" to the extreme, the actual numbers must be higher than average. Consumers obviously buy far more clothes than they need. Over-consumption eventually impacts the environment at two levels: carbon emissions and waste pollution. Through the so-called "recycling" process, a large number of flows to less developed countries. After receiving second-hand clothes, those countries do not fully dispose of them but act as a dumping ground for the developed world. Among these countries, Ghana and Chile are the two countries that suffer the most.

Snowball urges everyone not to shop at sweatshops like Shein and to do their part for the environment and human rights.

Shein:快時尚背後血淋淋的真相

近來TikTok上流傳大量影片,聲稱在中國快時尚品牌「Shein」的衣物上,看到許多來自工廠工人的訊息,例如「請幫助我」的紙條、快遞包裹上「Help」的親筆字樣,以及衣物清洗的標籤上,穿插在內的一句「需要你的幫助」。
求救訊息,這讓Shein不透明的供應鏈再度受到討論。

快時尚產品的價格之所以低廉,是因為有其他人在付出代價,在新興時尚巨頭的傳奇故事背後,勞動問題以及二手衣物的去向,也是消費者需要關心的問題。Shein所有的衣服都是中國製造,無數中國製衣工廠勞工日以繼夜的工作成果,才是Shein得以崛起背後的真相。SHEIN長期要求業者在短期內供應多樣化的商品,讓製造與生產的壓力落到中國服飾生產工人的身上,這群勞工在監管不周的廠房裡長時間輪班、加班趕工做衣服。

Shein不止剝削勞工權益,還對環保造成非常大的破壞,根據《華爾街日報》在2019年做出的統計,美國快時尚消費者平均每人每年購買68件服飾,平均每件穿7次就扔掉,甚至有些一次都沒有被穿戴過。這只是平均數字。像SHEIN這樣把"快時尚"推向極致的品牌,刺激的消費量一定高於平均值。快時尚消費者買下的衣服,顯然遠超自己的需要。過度消費最終在兩個層面上對環境造成衝擊:第一,生產端的碳排放與污染;第二,終端廢棄物污染。發達國家的消費者淘汰下來的服裝,經過所謂的"二手回收"處理,大量流向了落後國家。落後國家在接收二手衣服之後,其實並沒有將其充分地消納,而是充當了發達世界的垃圾場。在這些國家中,加納和智利是最受關注、受害最深的兩個。

Snowball 在這裡呼籲大家不要在Shein這樣的血汗快時尚商家購物,為環保和人權出一份力。