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Fast Fashion, Cheap Clothes and the Bangladesh Disaster


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Bangladeshi volunteers and rescue workers look for survivors after a clothing factory collapsed on April 28, 2013.
MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images
Bangladeshi volunteers and rescue workers look for survivors after a clothing factory collapsed on April 28, 2013.

The death toll from the collapse of a Bangladesh clothing factory surpassed 600 on Monday, making it the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry. Officials from Walmart, San Francisco-based Gap Inc. and other retailers met in Germany after the collapse to talk about improving safety measures in Bangladesh. We discuss the social costs of cheap clothing. Are you concerned about where and how your clothes are made?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Dara O'Rourke, associate professor of environmental and labor policy, UC Berkeley; co-founder of GoodGuide
  • Ian Maitland, professor at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management
  • Katie Quan, associate chair of the UC Berkeley Labor Center
  • Renee Dudley, reporter covering discount retailers, Bloomberg News

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