In support of World Day of Social Justice, the International Society For Sustainable Fashion was asked to help raise awareness of child labor in a USA feature article.
According t o a UNICEF report, approximately 25% of children in the world's poorest countries are engaged in "paid or unpaid forms of work." Worldwide, there are over 200 million child laborers, 73 million of whom are under the age of 10.
The majority of these children work on farms producing products such as cocoa and coffee, and around 20 million child laborers work in factories that produce clothing, toys and household items.
The most effective- and easiest- way to help child laborers is to be conscious of where we purchase everything from our morning coffee to our favorite clothes. "The simplest way for people to help and have an impact on changing the situation is to be more conscious of their purchases," Debbie Moorhouse, co-founder of the International Society For Sustainable Fashion told me. "Shop locally, look for the fair trade mark on foods, be more mindful of how products are made and consider more socially responsible companies or product alternatives."