Pro: Cheap clothing are produced in sweat shops in developing countries where poor people works in poor working conditions and gets a low wage. Some only earns 1$ a day. If people gets better working conditions and wages, clothing would be more expensive.
Cons: Making clothing more expensive would make the gap between rich and poor in industrial/first world countries bigger. The poorest in the countries wouldn't be able to afford as much clothing or as nice looking clothing as the richer one, so it may be "segregation" or bullying because of the fashion pressure. People have to find other solutions on the problem.
So either people in some countries becomes less poor because of clothing getting more expensive and the gap between rich and poor increase another place - or people stays poor in the developing countries and people in the first world can afford much of the same regardless of social class. Nowadays it's difficult to distinguish a poor, a middle-class and a rich person in the Nordic countries. Almost all of them wears the same type of clothing and have phones.
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Yes every one that was part of the production process should get a wage that can cover food, shelter and health insurance. It should be illegal to make people work for 20 cents per hour. Clothing doesn't even need to be much more expensive. The ones earning 90% of the income should just be forced to pay their workers a liveable wage
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Clothes are already expensive, not because of the cost of the workforce, but because most companies make big margins out of it.
Look at any big brand, they produce for a very low price, and sell at a high price.
They could totally pay more their worker, sell at the same price, and still make tons of money.
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People all around the world deserve good and healthy working conditions. They deserve being safe at work. This includes the people who make our clothes in Cambodia or Bangladesh.
I don't believe this would make clothes significantly more expensive here in the west. Fair-produced no-name clothes would still be MUCH cheaper than pretentious brand clothes. How do we know this? Well, just look at other products that exist in a "normal" version and a fair-trade version. Let's take chocolate for instance. Max Havelaar chocolate costs maybe 40% more than regular chocolate. So instead of $2 for a bar of chocolate you'll spend $2.80.
Instead of spending $10 for a t-shirt that was produced by an 8-year old child in a dusty, dangerous factory without emergency exit, you'll spend $14 for a fair-produced t-shirt. If I can give happiness to hundreds of people this way and potentially save lives, I say that's more than worth it.
Some people will say this should happen on a voluntary basis, as it does today. The reality, however, is that it simply does not work. The vast majority of people do not buy fair trade products EVEN IF they can afford them.
I don't buy your inequality argument either. Like I said, fair trade clothes won't be ridiculous expensive. Yes, they will be a little more pricey but they will still be very affordable overall.
The reality is that most people in our modern consumer culture have TOO MANY clothes. This is true even for most poor people. My call would be for us to focus more on quality than quantity. Buy less clothes, but let's make sure the people who produce them have decent working conditions. After all, we don't want to work at a place where we get sick after a few years and we don't want our children to work in factories. So we should be invested in making sure other people don't suffer from these things either.