Slavery Footprint: You have 42 slaves working for you
You probably have less, actually. Apparently, my stuffed closet means I have a higher number of slaves than most people (although it doesn’t account for vintage clothing, which contributes to my high dress and shoe count – I swear!). Slavery Footprint takes the same idea as a carbon footprint, but instead of tallying up how many miles your food, electronics, cosmetics, furniture and clothing traveled to get to your doorstep, it measures the number of people who are forcibly made to peel your shrimp and sew your t-shirts.
It’s something I think about a lot, actually. I conscientiously refuse to shop at certain stores because I know there’s a reason why a dress at H&M costs $12.99 or why a bag of shellfish from god only knows where costs $6 while fresh, local fish is considerably more (of course, it also tastes like heaven and is better for you, too) But part of the reason for the price difference is, yes, slavery.
You can take the very nicely designed test, which asks you what you eat, how big your house is, whether you own a car, if you have children, how many electronic gadgets you own and what’s in your closet. Take it and tell us what your number is.
Their info-graphics really know how to make a girl feel bad!
Okay, I can’t seriously own sooo much underwear that I employ a small force of slaves to make them for me. And btw, how do they know my very reasonable amount of bras aren’t high-quality, non-slave-made? (I’ll ummm, have to check the labels and get back to you on that.)