The Smart Stitch revolutionizing garment production in Bangladesh

Watch the Onion’s report on the Smart Stitch, a garment factory in your hand, which allows workers to work 22 hours day, not just 16!

Highlights:

“Now I can keep working until I pass out from exhaustion,” one worker said.

As the use of Smart Stitch has risen, food shortages have declined, and whippings have leveled off.

“Now that my workers use the Smart Stitch, their whole lives belong to me,” said one factory owner. “I feel like a God.”

(How much fun would it be to write for the Onion?)…

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The struggle of buying Fair Trade in an economic crisis

Musician Rorie Kelly summed up one of the major dilemmas of fair trade in her recent post, I can’t afford to have principles. Like many, Rorie is struggling to get by in our down economy. The struggle in Rorie is the struggle in every engaged consumer.

Rorie writes…

Hey man, if you can’t even really afford to put food on your table and you need to buy a nice pair of pants so you can keep your job, it’s OK with me if you spend $20 on sweatshop pants rather than go without eating for a few weeks. And that’s about where I’m at right now.

After years of exercising that principle while living on a low income in an incredibly expensive city, and then losing my independent living…

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My first ad!

The good folks at Wiley & Sons have placed a two-page spread in Relevant Magazine.

Where Am I Wearing? Ad

The small box on the bottom left reads:

Journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to find out. So he canvassed the globe to put a personal face on the controversial issues of globalization and outsourcing. Whether bowling with workers in Cambodia or riding a roller coaster with workers in Bangladesh, Timmerman bridges the gap between impersonal economic forces and the people most directly affected by them. You’ll never see your wardrobe the same again.

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Made in Africa

If the garment industry keeps seeking out the bottom as it seems to do, sooner or later you gotta think it’s going to hit Africa. Actually, it has a little bit. I see clothes made in Mauritius, Egypt, and Lesotho. But still, the continent as a whole is a small player in the industry compared to Asia.

I don’t know a whole lot about the industry in Africa, that’s why the book, Hanging by a Thread: Cotton, Globalization, and Poverty in Africa has made it’s way onto my to-read list .

Part of me hopes the industry does start to set roots in Africa and provide much needed jobs, but part of me doesn’t. I’ve also seen how the industry tears at families and their culture.

As…

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What my readers look like

The other day I was wondering who my readers were and what they looked like. And then I got this photo…

Book Models

Maybe I’m a little biased because they are holding my book, but I guess I never realized how beautiful my readers are.

(Note: I didn’t doctor the photo; it was sent to me like that.)…

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Look Dad, my anthropology degree did payoff

Unlike most anthropology majors/degree holders, I’ve admitted why I chose to study anthropology in school. I always joke that I got my degree in the field and promptly became a dive instructor in Key West where I worked alongside another anthropology major. So, it isn’t like I’ve put the degree to good use, until now…

My WorldHum OneDerWear piece got a mention on the website of the Archaeology Institute of America. Eat your heart out Indy!…

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