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A documentary I’ve been wanting to get online for months. Nike Sweatshops: Behind the Swoosh Documentary exposes how Nike knowingly uses sweatshops in Asia to produce their shoes and clothing range which they later go on to sell for extortionate profits to the western word.
In 2010 when the documentary was made, Jim Keady (founder of Team Sweat & Educating For Justice) and his assistant decided to take a trip to China to find out the truth behind Nike’s production methods.
They would stay in the workers accommodation which consists of 8x8ft concrete accommodation units just outside the Nike factory. Whilst there, they would live as a worker of Nike, trying to survive on $1.25 (in 2010 when the documentary was produced). Their story sheds a whole new light on the capitalist society in the Western world.
The factory workers accommodation has no sanitation with open sewers and “football sized rats” that run around. Workers will spend 10-15 hours per day working in these dimly lit, very hot, dangerous factories only to take home 7000 Rupees/day (after deducting money for rent, water and other utility bills they would have to pay).
What 7000 Rupee’s get you per day (check out www.xe.com for latest exchange rates):
- 2 Simple Meals of Rice and Vegetables
- A small bag of peanuts
- A bottle of iced tea
- and some dish detergent
Behind the Swoosh is a very moving documentary that should be an eye-opener to anyone who has ever bought designer clothes before. This corporate exploitation is happening all over the world by many corporations Watch this documentary and help spread the word. Share you comments below.